February 2007

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.

      http://www.freetheslaves.net

 

Sewing Hope
Sewing Freedom
 
"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 stepmother, 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 and neovascularization.

 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

 

 

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Peace quilts to Jordan and Syria Refugees

Dear Linda,

Thank you for getting in touch with me.

Yes, we were able to deliver the quilts in Jordan.  We actually went to the
Grace School 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,

Sanaz Meshkinpour Middle East Program Coordinator

Global Exchange

 

linda@peaceroots.org

 


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 them.

They come completely blank and come with a set of with markers.

 

Please contact:  info@morethanwarmth.org 

 

subject: request  blank MTW quilt


A child's life is like a piece of paper on which every passerby leaves a mark.

                          -Old Chinese Proverb

  More than Warmth Exhibits: 

 

February 2007 

 

Back in Touch
2817West End Suite #205
Nashville,Tennessee
329-1046 
Quilts from Northfield Elementary
will be exhibited as well as photos from around the world.

 

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In Recognition of Tennessee Education Month
Thursday, February 22- Friday, March 22, 2007
Reception Saturday, March 3, 5-7 p.m.

 

Tennessee Arts Commission
401 Charlotte Avenue
Nashville, Tennessee 37243
615-741.1701
 
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.
 
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Exhibit 2006-2007 

Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee
   and the Cumberlands 2006-2007

300 Deaderick Street Nashville, Tennessee 37201Phone: 615-780-7123

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SUDAN:

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 went 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 and Chad refugee camps, and student's letters. We have also presented Mohamed with an African inspired quilt to hopefully bring him comfort; though Mohamed says 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/
I 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.

Love,
Judith Biondo Meeker

judith@morethanwarmth.org

 

P.S. Mohamed wanted to add this to my letter:

"I don't 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/

Associations:

 

http://www.afghans4tomorrow.com/  A non-political, 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

http://www.freetheslaves.net/  Free the Slaves is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending slavery around the world.

http://www.peaceroots.org/

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.

http://www.plenty.org/

Alternative government organization...In all fairness there is more than enough to go around...

 

 

 

 


 

 "Thank you, I never thought of opening my heart to Tibet," parent at the Chinese School of Nashville. Quilts  delivered by midwives helping in Tibet.

 

"Education and knowledge are like an instrument. Whether that instrument is put 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

 


                        Swaziland, Africa

   Photo by Nelda Villenes and delivered by

                 Nelda, and Mwana Bermudes 


 Lusaka     Zambia    Africa
Dear Judith,
It is gratifying to know that More than Warmth still remembers Kondwa Centre.  HIV/AIDS continues to devastate our 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 only one single bed.  The quilts adorn the bed, making it very comfortable and warm for the children.  Most of our children are HIV+ themselves, so 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.
To learn more about Kondwa Centre, please check us out on http://www.kondwa.org/
Once again thank you and God bless.
Angela

RWANDA

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 educate children in Rwanda, Please email:

fhelping@yahoo.com

 

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. 

http://www.wolakota.org


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