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Be Creative: Action Kivu Annual Fundraiser with Great Giveaways!

Have you ever looked at a tote, a skirt, a shirt and thought, “I could make that. I think I could make that. … I should learn to sew.”

We’re excited to announce that part of Handmade by Alissa’s annual Action Kivu fundraiser includes a giveaway of a sewing machine.   Now’s your time.  Donate $75 and you’ll be eligible to win it … AND you’ll partner with the women in eastern Congo learning to stitch a new life through creative work!  What could be better?

The fundraiser supports the work of Action Kivu.  Your financial partnership directly affects the lives of the women and children we work with through our Congolese partner, ABFEK.  Read more about the people you’re partnering with:

Even if you’re not feeling creatively inclined, these giveaways make great gifts!  There are so many levels of donations: what will you give today?

Donate $15 and you are eligible to win three quilting books: Block Party, Modern Minimal, &We Love Color.  Donate $20 and  you’re eligible to win a gorgeous 5 half meter bundle of amazing Echino fabrics.  Donate $30 for the chance to pick up Sew Modern‘s beautiful Robert Kaufman Kona fat quarter bundle and a $25 give certificate to their shop.

And for the aforementioned sewing machine to kick-start your creativity, donate $75 for the chance to take home this beauty.  It would also be a great gift for a crafty soul in your life.

And for $100, you have the shot at receiving this gorgeous quilt – a cozy throw for when the nights get cold this fall.

All donations are tax deductible in the U.S. and go directly to the work on the ground in Congo.  Please consider giving today!  Check out all the giveaways at Handmade by Alissa, donate, and tell your friends and communities to help us reach our goal!

If you’d like to connect further with the women and kids of Congo, leave a note in our comment section, and we’ll pass them along for Amani to share!

(Photos: Top left – HomegrownHospitality, Sew Modern, Sewing Machine, and Quilt via Handmade by Alissa, and mother & child in Congo by Emma O’Brien.)

Asante Sana, Merci, Grazie, Danke, Dank U, Tack, and Thank You!

How can we say thank you to everyone who donated during Alissa’s 3rd Annual Action Kivu Fundraiser, contributing $17,570.00 to fund the sewing workshops, education assistance and other programs that empower and engage the women and children of eastern Congo?  We’ll start by saying it in as many languages as are spoken by our generous donors!   Merci, Grazie, Danke, Dank U, Tack, and Thank You!

Through Handmade by Alissa, we heard and felt the support and love from 43 states of the U.S., Washington DC and Puerto Rico, Canada (Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia, Quebec), New Zealand, Australia, UK, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland, France and The Netherlands.
From the women and children learning to sew, to embroider, to speak and write Swahili and French, studying math and science and poetry and farming and human rights – a huge ASANTE SANA.

“To leave the world a little better; whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is the meaning of success.”     
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nzigira and Tantine, graduates of the Mumosho Sewing Workshop.

Action Kivu Fundraiser with Giveaways!

How can you tell it’s August? It’s the record-breaking heat, the sound of a fan oscillating, and the third annual Action Kivu fundraiser on Handmade by Alissa!

Alissa has once again compiled a great giveaway to benefit the women and children of eastern Congo. If you’re crafty or a costumer, you might want to donate $25 to enter the giveaway of a $50 gift certificate to Sew Modern‘s great online or brick & mortar shop! Plus win a charm pack of super cute Sew Stitchy.

For those of us who can’t stitch in a straight line, check out the gorgeous, finished quilts donated.

Donate $35 and be in the running to win this vibrant, fun baby quilt by Heather Jones. This quilt measures 35″ x 35.″

Donate $100 and you are in the running to win a finished quilt by Elizabeth Hartman from her book, the Practical Guide to Patchwork. This gorgeous quilt is a large lap quilt at 68″ x 68.″

The sewing workshop has already started new classes in Mumosho and Bukavu, focusing on the exquisite skill of embroidery, which is in high demand in Congo.  Click here to read about the recent sewing workshop graduation made possible by our generous donors. As we gear up for fall, the graduates of the sewing workshop will sew new uniforms for the vulnerable and orphaned children Action Kivu sends to school.  We’re excited to share more photos and stories, but we rely on your support to make this a reality.  Help us reach our goal!

Visit Handmade by Alissa to see more of the giveaways, and know that your donations are tax deductible, and 100% goes directly to the work on the ground.

Action Kivu Quilting Fundraiser with Giveaways (pssst… Flea Market Fancy)

Alissa Haight-Carlton, the modern quilt guru who writes Handmade by Alissa, is hosting a 2nd Annual Fundraiser for the women and children of eastern Congo, via Action Kivu.  For each donation, there’s a chance to receive a giveaway of fantastic fabric. 

Three words for you:  Flea. Market. Fancy.  Last year, those three little words that I’d never heard before, caused quite the frenzy.  There are so many beautiful fabrics donated for this important work, I’m almost tempted to learn to quilt.  Almost.  If you are a quilter or seamstress, or know someone who is, please visit Alissa’s blog to help us reach our goal of $15,000.

Because we’re all volunteers, every dollar you donate, apart from nominal banking fees, goes directly to the women and children of the Congo.  Through your help, they’re rebuilding their lives after years of conflict, loss and rape, finding strength and hope for the future through education, learning a skill and a trade, and being in community with each other.

 Visit Alissa’s blog now, and tell your friends! 

(Photo courtesy Abby Ross, for Falling Whistles.)