Well honestly everyone, words can’t quite say it… so I will let the numbers do the talking:

$10,510!!!

That’s how much money we raised for Action Kivu!  $7500 for the sewing workshop and the rest to help Congolese children go to school.  Can you believe what we can do when we all join together to help?  I am overwhelmed with happiness and emotion about it.  You have all proven to me, yet again, just how compassionate and generous this amazing online sewing community is.

An enormous thank you to each and every one of you who donated or helped by blogging, Facebooking, Tweeting, telling your friends and just generally spreading the word.  It was all of us working together that made this such a success!

Because it has gone so well and the needs in eastern Congo are so great, I’ve decided that I’ll be holding this fundraiser annually.  Can you commit right now to giving again next year?  I do hope so.   Perhaps you read this news report last week about the recent mass rapes.  Every day there are more women and children who need the help we can provide.  So we will do this again in August 2011!

In the meantime know that Action Kivu is ALWAYS in need of donations. They are a tiny organization that does not have any large funders or donors.   They always need any help you can give, at any time you can give it. If this organization struck a chord in you, consider setting up a regular monthly donation.  Perhaps you’d like to organize a bake sale, a charity quilt, or whatever you can think of – any sort of fundraising helps.

From here, know that I’ll be posting photos on my blog of the results of our amazing fundraising! We will see the sewing machines, the new location for the sewing workshop and the benefits of the money we’ve raised here together.  Again, thank you all so so much for your amazingly generous donations!!

Photo by Candice Knezevic/The Enough ProjectPhoto by Candice Knezevic/The Enough Project

And the fundraiser fabric pack winners??   The Heather Ross fat quarter pack goes to Larri Manos, the Colorwheel bundle to Stephanie Wood, and the Flea Market Fancy pack winner is Sheridan Powell!  Congrats to the winners and one more thank you to each and every one of you who gave!

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  • Emily

    August 30, 2010 at 6:01 am | Reply

    Congratulations on achieving such an amazing goal!

  • traceyjay

    August 30, 2010 at 6:55 am | Reply

    Bravo.

  • Raven

    August 30, 2010 at 8:40 am | Reply

    Amazing job Alissa!

  • Megan

    August 30, 2010 at 9:34 am | Reply

    Just wanted to personally thank you for spearheading such a wonderful fundraiser. It has been so inspiring to follow the progress and updates. The generosity of the human spirit is so moving. Heartfelt congratulations to you for this effort!

  • Latifah

    August 30, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Reply

    So awesome Alissa. I know Cate is overjoyed! Congrats!

  • cpurl17

    August 30, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Reply

    Congratulations! I just learned about this effort and hope I can join next year!

  • Liz

    August 30, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Reply

    i’ve heard about kivu before and it seems like they have really filled a niche and exploded in it. well done!

  • lorena

    August 30, 2010 at 7:52 pm | Reply

    That is SO fantastic! Congrats on surpassing your goal! :)

  • Robyn of Coffee and Cotton

    August 31, 2010 at 5:47 am | Reply

    I am so happy the goal was more than met!
    Thank you for doing this and count me in for next year!

  • josie

    August 31, 2010 at 10:36 am | Reply

    Congratulations! I am so pleased (and not at all surprised) that you made it. Well done on raising money for such a great cause.

  • Lori

    August 31, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Reply

    Congratulations and thank you for giving us a way to help.

  • Lindsay

    September 2, 2010 at 6:51 am | Reply

    Well done on reaching your goal! Great idea to hold another fundraiser next year. I’d love to hear an update some time in the future on how the work is going on out there.

  • Krista - Poppyprint

    September 2, 2010 at 9:04 pm | Reply

    Congratulations on the amazing success of your fundraising drive!

  • Maria

    September 3, 2010 at 8:07 pm | Reply

    Amazing. I’m with you next year!

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