The knit-a-square project was started as a family project in 2008 and are now a registered charity under the name of KasCare, with the family still 100 percent involved. They are:
The McDonalds, Sandy, Roger, Kalai, and Cressida and Sandy’s, mother, Zanny, who are all in Australia and Ronda Lowrie, Sandy’s aunt and Zanny’s sister, and her daughter, Erin who, live in South Africa.
Ronda visited The McDonald’s in 2008. She told them of the scale of the disaster facing so many children in South Africa whose lives are greatly compromised by the twin perils of HIV/AIDS and poverty. She explained she often gave out blankets to children as she drove around Johannesburg, and of her frustration—too many children, too few blankets.
Many of these children are AIDS orphans or have been abandoned. Many live in great poverty in shack settlements. Some head up families of their siblings together with other children. Some live alone, without shelter, in hills and dumps around the cities.
The goal is to send 1,2 million squares to South Africa by July 10, 2012.
To do this, first download the Knit-a-squillion flyer by filling in the form below. This explains the challenge.You can find this on the web site:
Over and above charity knitting, for every square you knit and every person you tell about it, you are all contributing to changing the world’s awareness of the plight of these children.
Every additional blanket keeps another abandoned child or AIDS orphan warm.
This months challenge is: January Jewel’s – asking for squares that are vibrant & jewel like.
Crocheting and knitting for charity, especially for children in need, is a meditative act of love. More importantly, it makes a difference. There are many millions of abandoned and vulnerable children and AIDS orphans in southern Africa, who live in dire poverty. Many lack the very basics we take for granted—love, shelter, food, education and warmth.
Your contribution of squares to this crochet and knitting project will add to the many thousands of 8″/20cm squares from around the world, which are joined into blankets and distributed to these children.
The finished blankets add more than warmth to the children’s lives. As co-founder of KasCare, Ronda said in a South African press interview:“ They are a currency we use to tell the children exactly how beloved they are. We tell them they are the future, unique and special.”
Make a Financial Donation
Kascare are also a volunteer organisation and would be deeply appreciative of your support. This will help continue the grassroots movememt to raise awareness of the AIDS orphans’ plight. They need your help to continue this work to keep warm every child who is cold, who has been abandoned or orphaned, who is infected or affected by HIV/AIDS and who lives in extreme poverty.
In order to do this, KasCare must fund help for the hard working volunteers who collect, sort, record and bundle the thousands of squares and garments that are arriving every week. They must have proper working, storage space and adequate transport for collections and distributions.
They also need to sustain the resources required to find, persuade and inform the millions of knitters and crocheters throughout the world to contribute, so that they put tens of thousands of blankets on the children next year. To warm just the 500 children a day who become orphans in South Africa would need several million squares!.
Please help if you can.