Action Kivu Fundraiser

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Today is the first FINAL day of the fundraiser, held here on my blog, through this week. The fundraiser will end, and the giveaways will close, on Sunday the 24th of August at 11:59 pm, Pacific time.

For those of you who are new to my blog, here’s what it all comes down to: there are lots of great giveaways involved and together we do a lot of good!

Can you all believe that we’ve been doing this for FIVE YEARS?  Our amazing online sewing community is so, so generous. Let’s get that generosity focused again this year, work together and raise $15,000 for Action Kivu this year!

Action Kivu helps women and children who are victims of the conflict in Eastern Congo. 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 real difference for specific women and children. Here are the stories of just a few. Every year there are more women entering Action Kivu’s programs and more children going to school. We are having a lasting impact on these women and children, so let’s keep helping!

One of the wonderful things that Action Kivu helps finance is a sewing workshop that teaches women to sew. When these women graduate from the workshop, they are given a sewing machine and therefore the means to support themselves and their families.


These women’s lives and families have been transformed by this workshop and it is these dollars, that we raise here, that have helped make that happen.  Our online sewing community is linked to these women, and we can help more of them. Please give today!

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.

This year we’re also going to focus on spreading the word about the fundraiser via social media more!

Let’s get these hashtags busy: #akfundraiser #sewing #congo #actionkivu

If you follow me on Instagram, I will be posting all week there as well. Please feel free to use and repost/share any of the fundraiser images that I post there. Let’s really get the word out as much as we can and get to our goal of $15,000!

If you have any questions at all, please feel free to leave them in the comments and I will answer them there, or you are of course also more than welcome to email me. ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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.

So let’s get to the giveaways!

$15 Donation:

SchoolofSewing Give just $15 and be entered to win the not yet released new book School of Sewing by Shea Henderson. If you win it, you’ll get this book a month before it’s out to the public! You’ll also win the latest Empty Bobbin Sewing Studio pattern! Shea was so kind to donate this prize to the fundraiser!


$20 Donation:                                                                                                                                                    

Pillow Give $20 and be entered to win a custom version of this pillow, made by me! You’ll tell me the colors of your choice, and I’ll make it for you and ship it straight to your home where it will look fantastic on your couch!


$22 Donation:

dear-stella-zig-zag-20-fat-quarters Give $22 and be entered to win twenty beautiful Dear Stella Zig Zig fat quarters! Everyone needs this addition to their stash. This fantastic bundle was generously donated by Andres Rosales.


$25 Donation:                                                                                                                                                              SMSbooksGive $25 and be entered to win all six of these fantastic kids’ sewing books! Sew, Mama, Sew! was kind enough to give these to the fundraiser.



$30 Donation:                                                                                                                                                             &Card

Sew Modern donated a fantastic prize for you fabric lovers! Give $30 and you could win this wonderful fat quarter pack of Cotton & Steel AND a $50 gift certificate to Sew Modern!



$33 Donation:

Give $33 (yes, there are so many prizes we need to use amounts like $33!) and be entered to win a colorful Aurifil thread pack! Generously donated by Aurifil.


$35 Donation:                                                                                                                                                             IMG_2628

Give $35 to win this amazing prize package donated by the wonderful Denyse Schmidt! A big ol’ scrap pack, a jelly roll of Ansonia, a charm pack of Hadley, four patterns, and a stationary set. This is one fantastic addition to your Denyse Schmidt stash! C’mon… I know you have one!



$45 Donation:                                                                                                                                                              Action Kivu Auction Prize

Give $45 to win two of Elizabeth Hartman‘s fantastic patterns, Aviatrix Medallion and Fancy Fox, and a big ol’ beautiful Kona Cotton fat quarter pack! All graciously donated by Elizabeth.



$50 Donation:                                                                                                                                                              AMH

The always delightful Anna Maria Horner has donated an amazing prize! A $100 gift card to anything in her shop!! Fabric, patterns, gorgeous embroidery goods, kits, ribbon…the list of what you can snatch up is long! Give just $50 to be entered to win this wonderful prize.



$55 Donation:                                                                                                                                                             Liberty 10 Yard Bundle

TEN YARDS of Liberty of London fabric!! This prize would retail for over $300 and you can win it if you give just $55!! What a steal AND you’re giving to a great cause! This prize was kindly donated by Massdrop.



$60 Donation:                                                                                                                                                             
PillowsGive $60 and you’ll be entered to win a pair of custom pillows that I will make for you! You’ll let me know what colors would look the best in your lovely living room, (you can see a bunch I’ve made here) I’ll sew them up and then send them your way!



$75 Donation:                                                                                                                                                             140-Janome-MY-Style

For the second year in a row, Janome has been so generous and has donated a sewing machine to the fundraiser! Give $75 and it could be yours! Been thinking that you need a sewing machine in your life? I agree, you definitely DO and this could be the machine! (Or maybe you need another 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!



$100 Donation:                                                                                                                                                              Supernova by Jacquie Gering
The wonderful Jacquie Gering of Tallgrass Prairie Studio has donated this beautiful quilt, called Radiate, to the fundraiser! If you give $100 or more, you’ll be entered to win this gorgeous 55″ x 55″ lap quilt.



Once again, any questions at all, just comment and I’ll reply there or you are always welcome to email me. Thank you so much for giving to the Action Kivu fundraiser!!

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  • Nikki Moshier

    August 19, 2014 at 11:07 am | Reply

    I donated $30 today (8/19). Good luck!

    • Alissa

      August 19, 2014 at 11:26 am | Reply

      Thank you so much Nikki!

  • brenda

    August 19, 2014 at 1:09 pm | Reply

    i donated today! (glad i saw the denyse schmidt post of facebook!) i think this is my third year to join the fundraiser — glad to help a great organization you and family are involved with!

  • Karin

    August 20, 2014 at 5:26 am | Reply

    Thank you to everyone who donated prizes!

  • Margaret

    August 20, 2014 at 5:47 am | Reply

    What a wonderful cause to support!! I’m happy to have found out about it so I could contribute. I’m happy also to have found your blog!

  • tracey Toole

    August 20, 2014 at 6:38 pm | Reply

    Hi I’m new to your blog so I don’t know the history. This is a great cause and I plan to donate. Just wondering how did you learn about it and why is it important to you? Do you have any connection to the Congo? I’m Hoping to find something similar in Ethiopia. Thanks and good luck!

    • Alissa

      August 20, 2014 at 6:58 pm | Reply

      Hi Tracey!

      My twin sister and a very good friend run Action Kivu. In terms of why Congo matters to me in particular… the conflict there has caused so much suffering and the numbers of people impacted is staggering. While it seems overwhelming, Action Kivu makes a REAL difference for specific women and children. I haven’t personally been there, but my sister has and she’s met women whose lives were transformed. Please do check out their website where you can read their blog and see a lot more about all of the amazing programs they have in place. And they are all Congolese run. It’s really fantastic what they do! Thank you SO much for donating!!

  • Judi Kirk

    August 21, 2014 at 1:15 am | Reply

    Hi there,

    I am in the UK. In the unlikely event that I win something, would you be willing to ship to me here?

    This is such a good cause, I’ll donate anyway 🙂

    • Alissa

      August 21, 2014 at 6:41 am | Reply

      Hi Judi! Yes – we’ll ship anywhere! Thank you so much for your generosity!!

  • Liz

    August 21, 2014 at 9:08 am | Reply

    Great cause. Thank you for letting people know about it.

  • Maureen

    August 22, 2014 at 9:01 am | Reply

    A wonderful opportunity to help women become able to help themselves and their families. Thank you for all of your efforts on their behalf.

  • Leanne

    August 22, 2014 at 4:20 pm | Reply

    I’ve made a few donations, I am always happy to support this cause.

    • Alissa

      August 22, 2014 at 4:36 pm | Reply

      Thank you Leanne!!

  • Mandy

    August 24, 2014 at 2:44 pm | Reply

    Great Cause 🙂 Hope I didn’t miss the deadline, not that it matters, I’ve felt for the women in the Congo for quite some time, very happy to contribute.

  • Courtney

    August 24, 2014 at 6:19 pm | Reply

    I had to donate again when I saw how close to the goal you are and that an aurifil prize was added!

  • Jamie

    August 24, 2014 at 8:18 pm | Reply

    I was just looking for the fancy fox pattern to purchase today when I saw her post about this cause. It must have been fate because the pattern is a prize, so if course I had to donate! There’s nothing better then empowering women through sewing!!! and if I don’t win, I’ll be back to buy it from her:).

  • Christine

    August 24, 2014 at 8:42 pm | Reply

    Two reasons for me to donate: Women helping women, and Patrice Lumumba. And yes, I hope I win.

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