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Alissa over at Handmade by Alissa is hosting a give-away/fundraiser on her blog this week. I have to say it is going like a jet! She aims to raise US$7,500 to assist Action Kivu – a not for profit organisation that helps victims of violence in the Congo rebuild their lives and restore their sense of dignity and hope. In particular, it runs sewing workshops for the women affected by the conflict. These skills enable them to support their families. Alissa’s twin, Cate, works with Operation Kivu, so you can be assured that any donation you make will be fully utilised for the purpose for which it was intended.

How you can help

When I last looked Alissa and this wonderful sewing/blogging community had raised US$4,175 of the needed US$7,500 in less than 2 days! You can donate on Alissa’s site either here or here and can donate as much or as little as you feel able.

As a way of showing her thanks Alissa is giving away some great prizes (see below). Full details of Operation Kivu (including a video), the fundraiser and the give-away can be found on her blog. So why not head on over there and let’s help these women who are traumatised  and despairing and show them that this virtual community of sew-ers really cares.

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