Action Kivu Fundraiser


Welcome to the SIXTH annual Action Kivu Fundraiser!


Today is the 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 23rd of August at 11:59 pm, Pacific time.

If this is your first time hearing about the fundraiser here’s what it’s all about: there are amazing prizes AND this wonderful sewing community comes together to do so much good!

Our wonderful online sewing community is so, so giving. Let’s work together again, pool that generosity, 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.You can see a short video of the most recent graduates of the sewing program here. This workshop changes their lives in amazing ways and it is your generosity that makes that possible!

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

Please follow me on Instagram, as 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:


Give just $15 and be entered to win this ALL FIVE of these wonderful patterns designed and donated by Amy Friend.


$20 Donation:
Give just $20 and you could win this beautiful bundle of solids by Cloud 9 Fabrics! Newly added! Thank you so much to Cloud 9 for donating the fabric!


$25 Donation:


Give $25 and be entered to win this beautiful fat quarter pack of Alison Glass’ Handcrafted 2 line. Donated by the always generous Andres Rosales. So many projects waiting to be sewn up with this!!


$30 Donation:                                                                                                                                                    Action Kivu Photo

Give $30 and be entered to win this great Elizabeth Hartman pack, made up of of her Bunny, Thistle, and Allie Owl quilt patterns, the 10 Square (40 squares, 10″ each) of her Rhoda Ruth collection for Robert Kaufman and the 10 Square (40 squares, 10″ each) of her Kona coordinates for Rhoda Ruth. Elizabeth was so kind to donate this prize.

line$35 Donation:                                                                                                                                                    

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Give $35 and you could win this wonderful pillow, made and donated by Lindsay Stead! Give to a great cause AND add style to your couch!


$40 Donation:


Give just $40 to win this gorgeous fat quarter bundle kindly donated by Denyse Schmidt! Give to a good cause AND get your hands on her brand new beautiful line, New Bedford! Donate just $40 to be in the running.

line$50 Donation:

If you give $50 to the fundraiser you could win an amazing Craft South Goodie bag that’s chock full of fabric, patterns, yarn and needlework supplies valued at $200! Generously donated by Anna Maria Horner, you know it’s going to be filled with amazing things! This image shows some of the fantastic fabrics that will be included.
line$55 Donation:

If you give just $55 you might win a beautiful Lotta Jonsdotter fat quarter pack, the book Quilt Talk, AND a $100 gift card to Sew Modern!! What a lot of loot for not much money! Kindly donated by Sew Modern.
line$60 Donation:

Give $60 and be entered to win the Aurifil thread pack of your dreams! The Valigia 48 Spool collection is filled with rainbow colored spools of glorious thread. We all want to own this!! Aurifil was kind enough to donate this wonderful prize to the fundraiser.
$65 Donation:

IMG_0681Can you believe it? Jacquie Gering is giving away her Singer Featherweight! It’s in great working condition and it has all of its parts. We all want one of these as a traveling machine so donate today to this great cause and you could win this fantastic machine! A huge thank you to Jacquie for donating such a wonderful prize to the fundraiser.

line$70 Donation:                                                                                                                                140-Janome-MY-Style
For the third year in a row, Janome has been so giving and has donated a sewing machine to the fundraiser! Give $70 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 $70 to be in the running to win this fantastic Janome MyStyle 100 machine!
line$100 Donation:                                                                                                                              6946985491_c4127a285a_oThis year I’m giving one of my own quilts away for the fundraiser! Give $100 and you could win this quilt, which I’ve posted more photos of here. It’s a 65″ x 70″ lap quilt that would look fantastic on your couch! Give today to be in the running to win it.
line$125 Donation:

And finally, I’ve saved a really great prize for last! Give $125 and you could win a free weekend workshop at Craft South!! This is worth an amazing $650, so imagine if you win?!? You’ll get the weekend of a lifetime for a steal AND you’ll have given to a worthy cause! This wonderful prize was so generously donated by Anna Maria Horner.
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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  • Elnora Chambers

    August 24, 2015 at 7:01 am | Reply

    Congratulations! Good for you for doing this!

  • brenda

    September 5, 2015 at 6:39 am | Reply

    my fabric, book and certificate arrived from Sew Modern yesterday! thanks for the opportunity to participate in the Action Kivu fundraiser again – b

  • liz rondelle

    November 10, 2015 at 10:54 am | Reply

    What a fabulous project!! As you might tell from my e-mail address I
    grew up on Lake Kivu…will keep checking in on how your project is
    going. The very best to you and to the Congolese…

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