I hope that my fellow knitters and crocheters will take a little time from your very busy day to do what you do so well, knit or crochet for others. Please read the following and if it touches your heart, help.
Sudan is an extremely war-torn country, and has been for a long time. The current genocide in Darfur, before that the Second Sudanese Civil War, in which over 2 million people were killed have made it difficult for the Sudanese people to go on living normally, like sending their children to school.
HELPSudan (http://www.helpsudaninternational.org) was formed by the Lost Boys of Sudan (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lost_boys_of_sudan) to establish learning facilities, recruit teachers and provide school supplies as well as provide health resources and clean water especially in Southern Sudan. HELPSudan is raising funds for the purpose of starting more schools in Southern Sudan; ”providing pencils and notebooks for hands that might have taken up arms, and an education for minds that once only understood war.”
The Ravelry Darfur group, (http://www.ravelry.com/groups/darfur–end-the-genoicide) thought the knitting and crocheting community could help raising funds, and at the same time making something useful for the Sudanese children.
The object to be made is a pencil case, because they’re easy, quick, inexpensive and light, and because they can be both sold to benefit HELPSudan financially as well as given to the Sudanese school children along with pens and notebooks.
Some other generous designers have made patterns for the project, too, and are publishing them in their own blogs and Ravelry. You will find the current link list of available patterns at www.worsted-knitt.net.
Once the knitting gets going, there’ll be a voting on the most beautiful pencil case on Flickr (http://www.flickr.com/groups/982148@N21/) with lovely prizes!
The challenge is here: HELPSudan’s next Annual Fund Raiser is just few weeks away. They say some pencil cases would be a great addition to their Silent Auction of arts and crafts… however, HELPSudan have said that they will have need for pencil cases after the event, too, so this KAL/CAL will be active for at least until the end of March. Updates will be published at www.worsted-knitt.net as well as Ravelry Darfur group.
The finished pencil cases can be sent directly to HELPSudan at
5255 N. Ashland Ave.
Chicago, IL 60640