Please knit a square (or more) and send them to Africa to make up blankets for the children.
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.”
You can find the details of how you can donate on the website:
www.knit-a-square.com and you can aslo subscribe to their newsletter Square Circle. As your squares arrive, they are collected, sorted and bundled into blanket packs by the KasCare Volunteers They then organise sewing and distribution days which are recorded in the Square Circle, so you can see and enjoy the results of your wonderful work.
The September Challenge is – ‘South America and Carnival in Rio’
You will find lots of inspiration for squares with this challenge…. It really has it all – from mountains and rivers, to rainforests and plains and all the way south, almost to Antarctica.
The wildlife offers lots of scope – from the wild colours of the many tropical birds – to the hairy textures of the llamas and alpacas….and even penguins. Even the people are an inspiration – especially the patterns and colours found in the fabulous knitting that comes from Bolivia and Peru.
And if that’s not enough inspiration… consider Carnival in Rio… a veritable riot of colour. and the potential for lots of fun squares
Whether you prefer to try depicting some of the animals and birds, or create wild wonderful Carnival-coloured plain janes.. it all works.!!! And remember, each child will likely have only one “embellished” square in his blanket… and for every one of those, 34 plainer ones are needed to complete it….so for this challenge, everything goes!
So have some fun, knit a square and send some love to aids orphans in South Africa.
Every 14 seconds a child will become an orphan!
We all understand how awful it is to be cold, but many of us have not experienced the misery of being cold all night, every night, hungry, and perhaps sick as well. Many of the children are themselves infected by HIV AIDS. As it is an auto immune disease, keeping warm helps their ability to stay well.
Keeping a child with HIV AIDS warm is vital
Please help if you can.