Action Kivu Fundraiser

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The Action Kivu Fundraiser is now over but Action Kivu ALWAYS needs your help. Please give on their website!

And like that, another year has come and gone and it’s time for the 4th annual Action Kivu fundraiser! Today is the FINAL first day of the fundraiser, held here on my blog, through this week. The fundraiser will end, and the giveaways will close, on Monday the 19th of August at 11:59 pm, Pacific time.

For those of you who are new to my blog, here’s the lowdown: there are lots of great giveaways involved in this fundraiser and together we do a lot of good!

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If you read my blog, 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 at a sewing workshop. Action Kivu also pays for children to go to school and supports other programs for women that provide them ways to support themselves and their families. 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. These are horrible statistics but together, year after year now, we have made a difference for some specific women and children. Here we are, year four of this fundraiser and the conflict in Eastern Congo is still happening. But that’s all the more reason for us to really do all we can this year. Please give all that you can!

Another way you can help is to please tweet, post on Facebook & Instagram or blog about the fundraiser – help us get the word out!

Part of what’s great about this fundraiser is that we know exactly where this money goes. Action Kivu is run by my twin sister and a good friend. They have been to Congo and have met many of the specific women and children who are helped by this fundraiser. The more money we raise, the more we help!


Last year we raised an amazing $17,500! This year we’re shooting for $20,000 and together we can get there!! The American staff of Action Kivu is 100% volunteer, so all of your donations, minus nominal banking fees, go directly to the work on the ground, empowering and educating the women and children of eastern Congo.

See that thermometer on my side bar? (click through if you’re seeing this in a reader) Let’s get it movin’ up and up and up! This online sewing world is so giving! Let’s pool that generous nature that is in all of us and make a real difference in the lives of some women and children who sincerely need our help. Please give today!

So here’s how it works:

In order to be entered to win a giveaway, 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.

Ok – let’s get to the prizes!

Added Prize on Wednesday the 14th!
If you give $25 or more, please comment over on the Sew, Mama, Sew blog and you’ll be entered to win a $25 gift certificate to their book shop!

Added Prize on Thursday the 15th!
If you give any amount please comment over at Jacquie’s blog and you’ll be entered to win a copy of her great book!
Added Prizes on Friday the 16th!
Give $25 or more and be sure to comment over on Ashley’s blog and to be entered to win a selection of out of print Heather Ross fabrics (pieces from her Mendocino, Lightning Bugs and/or West Hill lines)!

Give any amount and head over to Craftbuds to be entered to win 10 fat quarter set of Riley Blake Chevrons, and Olfa Ergonomic Rotary Cutter and Coats & Clark Dual Duty thread!

$15 Donation:


Donate $15 and be entered to win three quilting books! My two books, Block Party and Modern Minimal and a great collaborative book I’m proud to be in called We Love Color.


$17.50 Donation:

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This prize was also just added on Friday the 16th, Donate $17.50 and be entered to win three sewing books! Zakka Style, I Love Patchwork and Whip Up Mini Quilts. All generously given to the fundraiser by Anquinetta V. Calhoun.


$20 Donation:

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Donate $20 and you could win this 5 half meter bundle of amazing Echino fabrics! Andres picked it up at Superbuzzy and was kind enough to donate it to the fundraiser.


$30 Donation:IMG_1566

Sew Modern was generous enough to donate a beautiful Robert Kaufman Kona fat quarter bundle and a $25 give certificate to their shop. Donate just $30 and you will be entered to win them both!


$40 Donation:IMG_1562

Denyse Schmidt Quilts gave a big fat quarter bundle of her brand new line, Florence, and a copy of her new pattern, Between the Lines! Want a chance to get your hands on this fabric? You can do just that by donating $40 to Action Kivu!


$55 Donation:am_actionk_image

Anna Maria Horner has put together the most beautiful emboidery and fabric bundle! Patterns, her gorgeous embroidery thread, and fat quarters of Hand Drawn Garden are all included. Give a $55 donation and you could win this amazing prize!


$75 Donation:140-Janome-MY-Style_lg

And guess what?? This year you can win a sewing machine! Janome has generously given a machine to the fundraiser. Need a new machine for a beginner? Or with this crowd, maybe it’s that you need a second smaller traveling machine? Give just $75 and you will be in the running to win this fantastic Janome MyStyle 100 machine! And all for a great cause!


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And finally – Elizabeth Hartman was generous enough to donate a gorgeous finished quilt! Need a new beautiful throw for your couch? Donate $100 and you could win this handmade one of a kind quilt made by the oh so talented Elizabeth Hartman. You can see more photos of the finished quilt here.

Have any questions about Action Kivu or this fundraiser? I’m happy to answer them! Leave me a comment or email me and I’ll reply to you as quickly as possible.

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  • Chris Hart

    August 12, 2013 at 5:45 am | Reply

    Just made a donation. Best of luck with this amazing project!

  • Quinn Calhoun

    August 12, 2013 at 2:05 pm | Reply

    Hi Alissa,
    I came across your blog about two weeks ago and I was very excited to learn about your annual Action Kivu fundraiser. This seems like such a wonderful organization. Good luck with the fundraiser and best wishes to all the women and children in the program!

  • Courtney

    August 13, 2013 at 10:43 am | Reply

    So glad to see this back again for the fourth year. It just warms my heart to think about what amazing things Action Kivu does! I’d love to win the AMH bundle, but I think this truly is a case where everyone that participates is a winner! Thanks!

  • Carmen

    August 14, 2013 at 6:01 am | Reply

    Hi Alissa, is the Florence/DS Quilts bundle a $40 or $45 donation? It says $40 in the header and $45 in the description, so I just want to get the amount right — thanks!

    • Alissa

      August 14, 2013 at 1:45 pm | Reply

      Hi Carmen – sorry about that and thanks for catching it. I’ll make the edit in the post now – it’s a $40 donation. Thanks!

  • Elizabeth

    August 14, 2013 at 6:38 am | Reply

    This looks like an amazing organization and my husband and I are glad to donate. Full speed ahead to $20,000!

  • Heather

    August 14, 2013 at 8:07 am | Reply

    I wanted to enter for the machine and the kona pack, but I did it in one transaction. What should I do?

    • Alissa

      August 14, 2013 at 9:02 am | Reply

      Hi Heather!

      First, thank you SO much for your donation. I will drop a note to the AK people so that your donation is put into the two categories. Never fear, I’ll make sure you’re entered to win both prizes!

      Thanks again!

  • Marta S.

    August 14, 2013 at 8:52 am | Reply

    Excited to be a part of this!

    Question: if, for example, I make a $55 donation, does that mean I’m entered for all the prizes valued below it as well, or just the $55 prize? Thanks!

    • Alissa

      August 14, 2013 at 9:06 am | Reply

      Hi Marta,

      Thank you so much for your support of the fundraiser! When you donate, you’re entered to win the one prize that is linked to the amount you donated.

      Thanks again!

  • Kathleen

    August 14, 2013 at 10:07 am | Reply

    Glad to be a part of this fundraiser. Such a worthy cause. Good luck.

  • Allison D

    August 14, 2013 at 3:51 pm | Reply

    Do we need to do anything special so you know we donated?

    • Alissa

      August 15, 2013 at 6:18 am | Reply

      Hi Allison,

      No – I work directly with Action Kivu to do the random prize drawing when the fundraiser is over.

      Thank you so much for supporting the fundraiser!

  • Rebecca Van Horn

    August 16, 2013 at 9:38 am | Reply

    Selfishly, I donated $40 because I love that pack! Unselfishly, I’m so supportive of anything that helps people learn skills to help themselves, their families, their communities, etc. What a great fundraiser!

  • mary anne

    August 16, 2013 at 11:25 am | Reply

    Donated $25. Thanks for the opportunity to give.

  • jeanettesquiltin

    August 16, 2013 at 12:48 pm | Reply

    So Happy to be able to donate $40 for a chance at the beautiful new Florence package. In any case it’s a win!

  • Beth

    August 16, 2013 at 2:26 pm | Reply

    Just donated to this great cause, and happy I can do it.

  • Katy(LethargicLass)

    August 17, 2013 at 6:33 am | Reply

    OK… I donated $40 for the DS and pattern and $20 for the Echino… will you somehow know that those were the ones I wanted?

    • Alissa

      August 17, 2013 at 6:42 am | Reply

      Hi Katy! Yes – I work directly with Action Kivu when we do the drawings for the prizes so I have all of the names and all of the amounts that people donated at. Thank you so much for your support of the fundraiser!!

  • Sally

    August 17, 2013 at 1:36 pm | Reply

    Donated $25 — wish I could do more. What an incredible organization.

  • Sally

    August 17, 2013 at 1:40 pm | Reply

    Just commented prior about a $25 donation, but it was actually a $30 donation. Glad I could help.

  • Farmgirl Susan

    August 18, 2013 at 1:28 pm | Reply

    Hi Alissa,
    I just discovered your blog and Action Kivu via Anna Maria Horner. What a wonderful organization! I made a donation but there’s no need to enter me in any of the lovely giveaways. Thanks! 🙂

  • Joanna Jenkins

    August 19, 2013 at 7:49 pm | Reply

    What a fantastic fundraiser. I heard about it via Sew Modern. High Five to you for doing this for four years! That’s fantastic.

    I made a donation for the Sew Modern giveaway– It’s my fave fabric store!

    Cheers, jj

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