Hello, Stitch Friends. I think I’m pretty late in discovering this, but I thought I would share just in case some of you have missed it. Concern Worldwide is a charity that works in many different countries, helping provide education, healthcare, and livelihood training to people in need. One of their programs, based in Lebanon and mainly for Syrian refugees, focuses on teaching women needlework, which they can in turn sell to raise money to help their families.
To raise awareness about this program, and to show support for the women, Concern has started the Stitch for Syria challenge. Head over to their website, grab the pattern and stitch it up. When you are done, mail it to the Concern Worldwide office in London. Once all the squares are received, they will be made into a quilt and sent to the training centre in Lebanon. (And, while you are at it, why not make a small cash donation too. Awareness works best when backed up with a little bit of money.)
The design works up very quickly, and you can use those odds and ends of pretty thread you’ve been saving. I dug around in my random silk drawer and pulled out a couple of skeins I liked. For fabric, I grabbed two perfectly sized squares of aida that just happened to be sitting on top of a pile in my craft closet. It was meant to be. 😉
Regardless of what you think about the Syrian refugee situation, consider taking part in Stitch of Syria. This is about women getting together over needlework, and trying to make a little money to support their families. This is something we can all relate too.