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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 nonreligious means.

From Teens in the Philippines to Afghanistan 

Teens in the Philippines join quilter Donna Tomlinson in making  a beautiful quilt. Donna working with neighborhood teens at the neighborhood center-Alabang with a ladies international group (ALIG) made this quilt for Afghanistan.

To Kabul:

Aisling Murray traveling with Global Exchange tours and Afghans4tomorrows carried this quilt to Kabul, Afghanistan this 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.

 


           NEW ORLEANS

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).

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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 Susan, 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 States, also. 

 

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 
Hi Judy,
 
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 day.
 
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 website. 
 
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.
Love,
Karen


teachers

Thank you Tomas and Karen Heikkala for carrying quilts and quilt squares. 

 
 
To Darfur
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 needed your 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 be taken 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.
Thank you.
Best regards.
Mohamed Yahya.
Togo-West Africa

Hi Mrs. Baum!I still have not responded to the students' letters, but I got them and I will. My mom has photos 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 the 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 it's nice to 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.

Thank you!

Susanne


 To Iraqis:
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 for it.
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, Iraq.

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.

Many blessings,

Lorna

Lorna Tychostup
www.LornaTychostup.com
 
Dear Lorna,
Although it is the wrong season for quilts, I vividly remember Kathy Kelly  last winter on Democracy Now telling how the people there suffered without blankets, and education. Our few blankets are just a few from the hearts of many students. You, and Kathy, raise awareness to the needs of the people. It is heartbreaking- yet somehow we must reach those needs.  Thank you for going, bringing our quilts, and thank you for bringing back to us what is happening there. If we don't know we can not act. 
Love,
Judith 
 

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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 nonreligious means.
 
 

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Quilts have been made and sent as gifts since 2001 to:

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Iraq

Iran

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Mauritania 

Ghana

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Belize

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Romania 

North Korea 

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