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The giveaways for this fundraiser are now closed but Action Kivu always needs donations. Thank you!

Here it is! Year two of the Action Kivu Fundraiser! Today is the first final day of this fundraiser that will be happening right here on my blog throughout this week. The fundraiser and giveaways are open through midnight (PST) on Monday the 15th.

There are amazing prizes to be had so please learn about this worthy cause and keep reading!

If you were were reading along last year (can you believe it’s been an entire year?!?)  you know about Action Kivu, but for those of you who don’t know, Action Kivu is a nonprofit that helps women who are victims of the conflict in Eastern Congo by teaching them to sew.  The conflict in Congo has taken the lives of over 5.4 million people since 1998. Rape is used as a weapon of war, with estimates putting the number of rapes in the hundreds of thousands.  This is truly difficult stuff to think about but together we can really make a difference for some specific women who need our help.

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By learning to be seamstresses these women can then support themselves and their families. Action Kivu also pays to send  Congolese children to school.  You can read a lot about them on their web site.

Last year we raised an amazing $10,000 over the course of a week and this year we’re upping the goal!!

Together, we can raise $15,000 for this amazing organization and the women and children it benefits.

That’s just 300 of you giving $50. That’s realistic, right??  Please give and help us reach our goal!  See that thermometer on my side bar? (click through if you’re seeing this in a reader) This week we are going to make it move up and and up and up and we need YOU to help us do that!

As a sewing community we are so giving, generous and lucky to have each other and the amazing support we provide for one another. Let’s spread that net of support wider and help these women and children.  Together we can make a real difference.  Please give!

Now  – getting down to business!! The giveaways!! In order to be entered to win a prize, all that you have to do is give the amount assigned to that prize.   Can’t decide which giveaway you want to be in the running for?  You can enter more than one!  Just donate the dollar amount associated with a prize and you’ve got a chance to win it! However, you can only enter each giveaway once.  Now let’s check out all of the prizes that were donated by so many wonderfully giving people.

Added 8/11 – every one who wins a prize will also get one Anna Maria Horner pattern of your choice!

$10 Donation:                                                                                                                                                    


Every dollar counts so give just $10 and be in the running to win these two yards of incredibly hard to find fabrics. One yard of Erin Michael’s paint by number birds in blue and one yard of her paint by number deer in blue!

$15 Donation:                                                                                                                              

Block Party
Give $15 and you could a signed copy of Block Party! Five copies are up for grabs so give now and you could be one of the five winners of the book.

$20 Donation:                                                                                                                                                      


Give $20 and you could win both Modern Log Cabin, kindly donated by author Susan Beal, and Block Party! Both books will be signed and Susan even is throwing in a quilt block kit! All of this could be yours for just a $20 donation!

$25 Donation


Give $25 and you will be entered to win a fat quarter pack of the entire line of Happy Mochi Yum Yum by Monica Solorio-Snow donated by Sew Modern! That’s 30 fat quarters of this wonderful new fabric line.


$40 Donation:                                                                                                                                                   

Sugar Creek 2

A fat quarter pack of the not yet in stores Sugar Creek line by Denyse Schmidt!! A huge thanks to Denyse Schmidt Quilts for their kindness in donating this bundle! Can you believe that you might be lucky enough to get your hands on some of this fabric before anyone else does? Give $40 and this bundle could be yours!

$60 Donation:                                                                                                                                                     .

165 Solids

165 Fat Eighths of mostly Kona Cottons, but also Quilters Linen and Free Spirit Designer Solids!! Generously donated by Elizabeth Hartman of Oh, Fransson!  We’re talkin’ over 20 yards of  fabric here!  Give $60 now and start daydreaming about the quilts you will be sewing up with this fabric if it becomes yours!


$75 Donation:                                                                                                                                              


43 different fat eighths of Flea Market Fancy! Donate now to win this incredibly sought after and hard to find fabric line. Donated by Jacquie Gering of Tallgrass Prairie Studio. Thanks to Ashley Newcomb of Film In the Fridge for her contribution to this bundle!  A donation of $75 and this fabric could be yours!

$85 Donation:                                                                                                                                                         sunshine.and.flowers.quiltGive $85 and this gorgeous baby quilt that was generously donated by Anna Maria Horner could be coming home to you, straight from Anna Maria’s studio! Some details:
100% cotton patchwork quilt with hand quilting throughout using pearl cotton
Inner batting made of cotton/bamboo blend
finished dimensions: 39″ X 48 1/2″ (perfect for a crib)

$100 Donation:                                                                                                                                                       
HeatherRossBundleAnd finally… 13 yards plus loads of scraps of Heather Ross fabric! There are full yard cuts all the way down to little scraps! There’s fabric from multiple lines from West Hill to Far Far Away. There’s Munki Munki scraps, VW Buses, Gnomes, Goldfish… it’s all here.  Please check out this flickr folder to see detailed photos and a list of what’s in this bundle. Give $100 now and not only will you be helping so much, you also could become the owner of this huge Heather Ross bundle!

And please help to spread the word about this fundraiser! Tell your friends, post it on Facebook and Twitter or blog about it – let’s all join together and really make a difference!

More details you might want to know:

I got involved with Action Kivu because my twin sister, Cate, works with them. Action Kivu provides some of the eastern Congo’s victims of violence with the opportunity to rebuild their lives on a foundation of hope, dignity, and economic self-sustenance. Their approach is spearheaded through two programs. First, they run a sewing workshop that teaches women who are victims of the conflict to sew. Secondly, they pay for children to go to school which is not free in Congo.

Action Kivu is run in eastern Congo by a Congolese man, Amani Matabaro  (you can meet him if you watch the video on the Action Kivu web site), who Cate knows personally and who is amazingly passionate and committed to his cause of helping women and children in his country. As an orphan who lost his parents in the conflict, he was driven to try to do something to help.  We will not be throwing this money into the wind, not knowing where it’s going.

Additionally, here in the US, Action Kivu is 100% run by volunteers.   Every dollar we raise here, aside from banking fees, will go directly to Action Kivu and these woman and children in need.  If you’d like, you can learn more about the conflict in Eastern Congo here.

Any other questions at all?  Just drop me an email or comment and I will happily get you an answer!

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  • Liz

    August 8, 2011 at 7:46 am | Reply

    I missed this last year but am delighted to have the opportunity to make a donation now. I just did and it felt wonderful. What a terrific was for fabric lovers and sewists to aid the women ravaged by rape and war in the Congo! Thanks for making this so easy for us Alissa, I have a feeling you will meet or exceed your goal! And how great that your sis works for the organization!

  • Liz

    August 8, 2011 at 9:05 am | Reply

    I’ve passed along the link to this post to my traditional and modern quilt guilds. Hopefully others will do the same!

  • Emily

    August 8, 2011 at 9:41 am | Reply

    This is so awesome! My husband and I just spent a week in Zambia (just southeast of the Congo I think) working with an organization who is on a mission to help orphans there. It was an amazing experience! The people are so desperate to just earn a living but with a 75% unemployment rate and the nature of living in a struggling 3rd world country, it makes it so difficult. Add the AIDS crisis to that mix and the number of orphans left to fend for themselves is astounding. This is such an awesome thing you’re doing to help gain awareness for this. Thank you!

  • Jenni

    August 8, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Reply

    Such a wonderful cause! Just donated and will spread the word to my friends and family in hopes that you will meet your goal. Thanks so much for helping to make a difference!!

  • Tina

    August 9, 2011 at 5:07 am | Reply

    I just wanted to take a moment to tell you how much I admire the work you and your sister are doing. I have spread the word to my family and friends on facebook whom I hope this will help you reach your goal. I truly wish we could bring this world to peace and live together in harmony.

    Good luck to you and your sister, I wish you all the best!

  • Amanda

    August 9, 2011 at 5:20 am | Reply

    Just donated! What a great cause.

  • Beryl

    August 9, 2011 at 7:00 am | Reply

    Happy to donate for such a good cause. And thanks also for the chance to win fabric!

  • Lindsay

    August 9, 2011 at 7:11 am | Reply

    I love this–thanks for sharing with the sewing community!

  • Jessie Hansen

    August 9, 2011 at 8:23 am | Reply

    Usually I only donate to the ALSA (web.asla/org/goto/kfmladybugs) but this seems like a cause I could get behind. I am splitting my donation amount this month between these 2 causes. Thanks for the chance to win a fat quarter bundle! I really don’t need more in my stash but thanks anyway!

  • Maeve

    August 9, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Reply

    Thank you for the opportunity to help make a difference. This is truly a worthy cause. And to make it even better, if I win some fabric, I plan to use it for charitable causes only. I will forward this link to others.

  • jodi meenan

    August 10, 2011 at 6:05 am | Reply

    Thanks for all your hard work on their behalf!

  • Chancy

    August 10, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Reply

    Great idea! How long is this auction open for?

    • Alissa

      August 10, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Reply

      Hi Chancy! It’s a fundraiser with giveaways (give an amount and you’re in the running to win a giveaway) rather than an auction, but it goes through Sunday the 14th. Thanks!

  • Amy

    August 11, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Reply

    What a great fundraiser and a great organization!

    I am wondering if you donate the higher amounts, are you also entered in the drawings for the prizes in the lower amounts, too? I think the answer is no, but I want to make sure, as it will effect my decision on how to donate! Thanks.

    • Alissa

      August 11, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Reply

      Hi Amy! Thanks for the question. You’re right – you’re only entered into the giveaway for the amount you donate. But you can give to more than one! For example, If you give $100 and $25 you’d be entered into the both of those giveaways. Thanks so much for supporting this cause!

      • Amy

        August 11, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Reply

        Thank you!

  • Jill

    August 11, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Reply

    Thanks so much for organizing this, Alissa! It is such a great way to support women! And all of the prize donors were so fantastically generous!

  • felicity

    August 11, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Reply

    I admire your passion and commitment! Have donated.

  • Kathryn

    August 11, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Reply

    So happy to donate! My sister spent a year in Walikale, Congo (DRC) as a midwife with Doctors Without Borders in 2005, and this donation will be her birthday present! Thanks for doing this.

  • Gretchen

    August 11, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Reply

    I probably should’ve asked before donating, but is there any info we need to put on the donation or do you just use our email address associated to paypal? Great fundraiser!

    • Alissa

      August 11, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Reply

      Hi Gretchen – first – thanks so much for your donation! Secondly, nope! We have all the info we need from Action Kivu’s paypal account. Again, thank you so much!

      • Janice

        August 13, 2011 at 7:14 am | Reply

        I’m glad to read this! I made a donation through your site, however, there was no indication on my end that it would be “credited” to your fundraiser; Paypal redirected me “back” to Action Kivu, rather than your site. So wonderful that you’re contributing to such a wonderful grassroots organization!

        • Alissa

          August 13, 2011 at 7:20 am | Reply

          HI Janice! Thank you so much for your support!! I’m working directly with Action Kivu and they are closely tracking all donation amounts for the fundraiser. Everyone is definitely entered into the giveaways. Thank you again!!

  • susan b.

    August 11, 2011 at 9:52 pm | Reply

    Thank you for this wonderful fundraiser, Alissa! Please tell Cate the same 🙂

  • Tracee

    August 12, 2011 at 2:52 am | Reply

    Done my donation & will share on Facebook. What could be more appropriate for us quilters & stitchers than helping women in strife learn to support themselves & heal through sewing. xx

  • Angelina S.

    August 12, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Reply

    Happy to contribute. Thanks for bringing attention to this great cause.

  • noreen

    August 12, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Reply


  • Beezus

    August 13, 2011 at 1:25 am | Reply

    I don’t have a job currently and may not be able to contribute much, but I put this through on FB and Twitter through my feeds. This is the type of program that I think works best because it empowers the people that it helps, and that is more valuable than anything else.

  • June S

    August 13, 2011 at 10:55 am | Reply

    What a wonderful cause, and a great way to raise funds! Good job, and keep up the positive work!

  • cheryl

    August 13, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Reply

    Thanks for letting me know! Best wishes!

  • Hedy King

    August 14, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Reply

    We have 2 nephews adopted from the Congo, I love giving to support that area’s women and children. And the chance to win these lovely prizes is icing on the cake. Thanks so much.

  • Lisa Eichholtz

    August 15, 2011 at 4:25 am | Reply

    What a great cause. Thanks for bringing it to our attention. Would love to win the prize, but glad to help in any case.

  • Kara

    August 15, 2011 at 9:14 am | Reply

    What a gorgeous fundraiser for a stellar organization…thanks for helping raise awareness! Cheers…

  • Karen Brauer

    August 25, 2011 at 7:17 am | Reply

    May I still donate or is this closed?

    • Alissa

      August 25, 2011 at 7:26 am | Reply

      Hi Karen, the giveaways are closed, but you can still click on any of the donate buttons to give to Action Kivu. Thanks!!

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