Thank you to The Bal Vikas Ashram, India
Fr. Louis Mascarenhas,and the
Southesast Asia Coordinator
Supriya Awasthi and Free the Slaves.
It is wonderful to see joy in the face of the children.
"Being a supporter is a tremendous role because you can rather simply
spread the message by passing out Disposable People, by Kevin Bales,distribute the FTSvideos,dvds, the
information, and the Free the Slaves web site and stickers. People can help
change the course of things."
-Judith Biondo Meeker
Kajal recieves a beautiful quilt. She snuggled in her quilt that Ashley Rogers gave
her through More than Warmth, however, Kajal, cannot see the lovely drawings. Four-year-old
Kajal, living in a shelter in Allahabad,
India, was purposely blinded by her
then abandoned at a train station in India in
June, 2006. Now in the care of the Society of
Underprivileged People (SOUP) in India.
Kajal has severe,
4th degree chemical burns on both of her eyes with extreme scarring
To make it
possible for Kajal to have this sight restoration surgery, a 501c(3) non-profit
charity, Wang Foundation for Sight Restoration, has stepped in.
To donate: visit www.wangfoundation.com
Peace quilts to Jordan and Syria Refugees
Thank you for getting in touch with me.
Yes, we were able to deliver the quilts in Jordan.
We actually went to the
for Iraqis which provides classes and tutoring for undocumented
Iraqi children -- which is an invaluable resource to the refugee community.
The school administrators were very thankful and assured us that the
blankets will go to those that need it the most - but advised us that it
would be best if they distribute the blankets themselves because there are
so many children.
All the best,
Middle East Program Coordinator
Blank finished quilts
are available from More than Warmth, for your
classroom, for your own child, or children.
Many teachers have wanted them for their children to make for their own mothers
(from the grand children). Students have requested
They come completely blank and come with a set of with markers.
subject: request blank MTW
A child's life is like a
piece of paper on which every passerby leaves a
-Old Chinese Proverb
||More than Warmth Exhibits:
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2817West End Suite #205
Quilts from Northfield Elementary
will be exhibited as well as photos from around the
In Recognition of Tennessee Education
Thursday, February 22- Friday, March 22,
Reception Saturday, March 3, 5-7 p.m.
Tennessee Arts Commission
401 Charlotte Avenue
Nashville, Tennessee 37243
An exhibition featuring quilts made by
Tennessee School Children and photographs that document the journeys of the
"More than Warmth" quilts and the people they touch.
Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee
and the Cumberlands 2006-2007
Street Nashville, Tennessee 37201Phone: 615-780-7123
When I first heard Mohamed Yahya
speak at Vanderbilt
University in the
spring of 2006 tears began flowing down my face. They continued to do so
throughout the hour as Mohamed told about his grandfathers being burned alive
in huts in Sudan. He met
with students at the University in Egypt as they
learned about the genocide of their families and friends, and that they
decided to speak, write and fight. Mohamed said all the students who went to
fight, died back in Sudan. I
up to him at the end of his speech and told him I have a quilt project.
Mohamed has since helped us send some quilts to refugee camps Sudan
camps, and student's letters. We have also presented Mohamed with an
African inspired quilt to hopefully bring him comfort; though
it is in the
children learning that brings him comfort. Mohamed is the Founder
Executive Director of Damanga Coalition for Freedom & Democracy. http://www.damanga.org/
do not know what we can do but learn more, support people like Mohamed, and
practice nonviolence. But nonviolence is not passive; it must
be active to stop the violence in this world.
Judith Biondo Meeker
P.S. Mohamed wanted to add this to my letter:
know where my parents are and the rest of my siblings after my village was
totally destroyed by the government troops and the Arab Jinjaweed militias."-Mohamed
More than Warmth is an
educational project for
students of all ages to learn about world cultures. It fosters understanding,
knowledge, and compassion between cultures through nonviolent, nonpolitical,
and nonreligious means. http://www.morethanwarmth.org/
humanitarian organization dedicated to the reconstruction and development of Afghanistan
http://www.damanga.org/ Promotes the human rights of the
people of Darfur, Sudan and elsewhere in the world
Free the Slaves is a nonprofit organization dedicated to
ending slavery around the world.
We seek to
create a peaceful, just and sustainable world for future generations by
emphasizing our common humanity, promoting non-violence, and working to remove
the root causes of war.
government organization...In all fairness there is more than enough to go
"Thank you, I never thought of opening my heart to Tibet," parent at the Chinese School of Nashville. Quilts delivered by midwives
"Education and knowledge
are like an instrument. Whether
that instrument is
to use in constructive or destructive way depend on each person's motivation. An
education system that cultivates smart brains alone can sometimes create more
problems that it solves. However, it is noticeable that if a child with a good
intellectual education happens to have parents with a warm heart and a sense of
responsibility for both caring and discipline, than these can go together well
and be very constructive. It is my hope that in the future, not only the Tibetan
educational system, but those in other places too, will pay specific attention
to the development of human warmth and love. . ." - His Holiness The Dalai Lama of Tibet
Photo by Nelda Villenes and delivered by
and Mwana Bermudes
It is gratifying to know that More than
Warmth still remembers Kondwa Centre. HIV/AIDS continues to
country, Zambia, not to mention our suburb, Ng'ombe. People
continue to die and hence the number of orphans continues to
grow. The quilts
we received through Mwana and Nelda made a lot of a difference in the
children's lives. At our Centre we have a sick bay, though with
single bed. The quilts adorn the bed, making it very comfortable
and warm for the children. Most of our children are HIV+
the quilts make a lot of a difference to their comfort.
We thank you greatly. If it is not asking for too much, we would appreciate to receive some more.
Once again thank you and God bless.
Fr.Frederick and his wife
Louise Mushimiyimana have graciously accepted our quilts and carried tham back to
Rwanda. Father said that it is ignorance that we
are fighting. He is working to educate children. Three quilts went with
Fr. and Louise back to Rwanda. If you are interested in helping them
children in Rwanda, Please email:
Quilts and fabric have also been sent to Indian County, another country of Genocide. Thank you Paula Horn and the
Wolakota people for accepting our humble gifts.