From Teens in the Philippines to Afghanistan
Teens in the Philippines join quilter Donna Tomlinson in making a beautiful quilt. Donna working with
teens at the neighborhood center-Alabang with a ladies international group (ALIG) made this quilt for Afghanistan.
Aisling Murray traveling with
Global Exchange tours and Afghans4tomorrows carried this quilt to
week.Thank you Aisling, Donna, David, Addie, teens and all those able
to help. It is one large quilt, beautifully made by the hearts of many.
The last day Elaine and I were in New Orleans, Tony brought us to
Linda's house. Linda has her two grandchildren. The children are 3 and 1 and
when we arrived they were working on a birthday cake for the 3 year old
boy. They live in Linda's gutted house because the FEMA trailer is moldy
and uninhabitable. Linda said she is a quilter and knows of your work. She
was thrilled and cried a lot (as did Elaine).
After Katrina hit, Susan Milliner from Cedar Park, Texas sent
me the More than Warmth mission. "Shall we give quilts away in the United States?" Up to
that time we had not given away quilts in this country, but concentrated on countries in war, poverty and disease. Katrina and
showed us that we neglect
those suffering close to us, here in America. Yes, the More than Warmth
mission fit with sending quilts to those suffering in the United
Many have joined with Plenty International to answer the call of
suffering, locally, here in the USA.
At that same time, students in other parts of the world began making quilt squares for MTW. They
too wish to
open their hearts to others. Thank you, Guatemala, South
Korea, South India, and the Philippines
for joining with us.
Guatemala- giving and receiving quilts
We had a great time and increased the Spanish
skills a bit. The first week I asked my teacher if she knew of a school,
community center, etc. that could use the quilts and she took me to a nearby
town called Jocotenango to check with a school called Escuela Proyecto La
Esperanza. They are funded by a British charity and educate the kids of families
that are too poor to buy books, uniforms, etc. They have a pretty good website
at www.educationforthechildren.com you
can check out.
Gang violence is really a big problem in Guatemala
right now and many charitable groups are addressing it by providing education to
the children and teaching them skills, which they can translate into jobs. La
Esperanza (The Hope) is one such place. The school we visited goes to 6th grade
and has about 193 kids right now. In addition to education they provide snacks
and lunch and they say that for many this is the only food they have for the
I met with the director, Patty, and she explained
the program to me, gave me a tour of the school and I decided it would be a good
place to give the quilts. She immediately knew of two families that could use
them and she gratefully accepted them. I tried to explain MTW the best I could
in Spanish and showed her the pictures and information I had copied off of your
When I showed her the blank pieces of material and
the fabric markers for the kids to draw pictures on, she said she would give
them to a teacher and a classroom of kids. I had hoped to volunteer in the class
when the kids drew the pictures, but it didn't work out. But, I was able to pick
up the pictures the day before we left and I left her the markers. They were
drawn by 8 year olds and they all have their names on them. Some of them are
quite good. I'll send them to you in the mail soon.
I hope the attached pictures come out OK. There is
one of two women holding one of the quilts. The one on the left was my teacher
and the one on the right is Patty.
Thank you Tomas and Karen Heikkala for carrying quilts and quilt
Hi dear Judith,
It is great to hear from you. I
have been overseas for almost a month..Started my trip from US TO
Canada,Europe and concluded by Egypt. It was interesting trip. Done
some work,and met some friends and Refugees. I remembered you and
contact specially in Egypt. Because I took your quilt with me,and send
it to Darfur through Egypt. You will hopefully see some pictures will
from those refugees receiving your quilts. It is not easy to get them
inside Darfur,but I feel confident because they are in a good hands.
I will send you any photos taken,when they send them to me
I hope you are doing very well..and my friends your great Students. Please tell them my warmest greetings. I
hope to see you in the near future.Our office will move soon to Washington D.C. we will be in touch.
Hi Mrs. Baum!I still have not
responded to the students' letters, but I got them and I will. My mom
from when we gave them the quilts. I gave them to an organization
called Kekeli. Market girls go there. It's sort of a community
organization run by
nuns, some from Togo, some from abroad. The girls are mostly
illiterate, so my talks are translated. I teach Life Skills to them. I
work on skills
like confidence, respect, self respect, and I want them to recognize
their individuality. My mom can tell you more, too. She was at two of
sessions. They were so excited to have the quilts! They don't get much,
as my mom said, they're the "invisible children of the world." So
express that other people are thinking of them. My mom gave a talk, and
I translated. We even pulled out a map. It really was an exchange.
I found homes for 3 of your blankets. One went to an Iraqi man here in
Amman whose family is in Syria. He was about to leave to go visit them when I
was here on my way into Iraq so I sent it along with him. I left 2 with 2
families living in a "refugee camp" in Sulaimania. It was pretty horrible - the
camp was set up in an open area that sort of resembled a dump or construction
site pre-construction. These folks were so destitute...they had blankets but not
much food, not much money if any at all. love your project. I love the whole
idea of what you are doing. But there, faced with these people's realities...I have nothing truly tangible to offer..medical
supplies, food, money...
Anyway, the 4th blanket I left with my friend who
runs the enviro NGO. I trust that she will be able to find the appropriate home
All in all, it was a very good trip. I got to see many good
things and gain entry into some of the major issues in Sulaimania, Kurdistan,
Thanks for sending me the blankets. The refugee situation was not
going to be part of my work and because of you it was added into the mix. I
learned a lot and was able to shed a little light in the situation.
Although it is the wrong season
for quilts, I vividly remember Kathy Kelly last winter on
telling how the people there suffered without blankets, and education.
Our few blankets are just a few from the hearts of many students. You,
Kathy, raise awareness to the needs of the people. It is heartbreaking-
yet somehow we must reach those needs. Thank you for going,
our quilts, and thank you for bringing back to us what is happening
there. If we don't know we can not act.
More than Warmth is
an educational project for students of all
ages to learn about word cultures. It fosters understanding, knowledge
and compassion among cultures through nonviolent, nonpolitical, and
or physical violence
my family, my
Quilts have been made and sent as gifts since 2001
USA-Katrina Victims in Louisiana, Mississippi, and
Genocide Victims in
Sudan and Chad
or physical violence