Najib Sedeque photographer and member of Afghan's 4Tomorrow
I received the attached photo last week from Najib in Kabul. He has
super busy with a large distribution to many refugees in or near Kabul
and in some other rural areas.. We posted this photo on our website.
under a photo from our
recent distributions on the home page. We've been very sad by the stories about children freezing to death
cold and harsh weather in Afghanistan. Your blankets have come
handy this winter and we're glad you've sent all you did last
year for Najib to
distribute. THANK YOU FROM A4T!
We are raising money to buy blankets this winter, as
shipping takes a
long while... We've also been collecting blankets, and
We've purchased over 160 blankets in Kabul so far and shipped
boxes. We have more to ship and are trying to get a sponsor to ship
them to a
APO address who can deliver them to Kabul in a week or
I'm trying to get my plans
together to go to Afghanistan in mid
March... to help in the schools,
teach English or whatever they need....
Thanks for all you and your volunteers are doing to help
of the children, and women in countries of the world
where there's such poverty. You bring many smiles to their faces which I can
see from your
photos. Thanks for the great news-page!
Vice President, Afghans4Tomorrow
Photo by Judy Gerboth and friends~ Arizona quilters.
Judy and her quilting friends have donated 150 quilts, many going
across the border to Mexico to help those suffering economic
Michael O Gorman and Monica of Delcabo Organic Farms, Baja, California help distribute 25 quilts made by Memphis
artist and Tennessee Artist in Residence Judith Diekas, and many students.
Baghdad Orphanage 2002
photo donated by Alan Pogue http://www.nomorevictims.org
Quilt donated by the Peaceroots Alliance and More than Warmth quilters, West coast.
Kajal is arriving in Nashville
from India on March 28th for eye surgery from Allahabad, India (see
February MTW newsletter), thanks to Dr Wang
(www.wangfoundation.com), and Ashley Rogers. Dr. Wang is hoping
for someone to adopt
Celebrated in California as a day to volunteer,
performing social service, Cesar Chavez Day
is March 31 en celebration of his work, his birthday, and his life.
"Do we feel deeply enough the pain of those who must work in the fields
everyday with these poisons? Or the anguish of the families that have lost loved
ones to cancer? Or the heartache of the parents who fear for the lives of their
children? Who are raising children with deformities? Who angonize the outcome of
their pregnancies?... Do we feel their pain enough?
-Cesar Chavez, 1989
"All farmers of the world share the unique privilege and the daunting
responsibility of making sure everyone is fed and the land is protected to feed
the future generations.
We come from different political, religious and social backgrounds but share
a common concern that this great country of ours, founded by small farmers and
craftsmen, return to the spirit and ideals on which we were founded.
We strive for a world that reduces the risk of war by eliminating
poverty, injustice and religious intolerance."
-Michael O Gorman co-chair farms not
More than Warmth (Más que calor) es un proyecto
todas edades para aprender sobre culturas del mundo. Fomenta la comprensión, el
conocimiento, y la compasión entre culturas por medios no violentas, no
políticos y no religiosos.
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
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
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.
Alternative government organization...In all
fairness there is more than enough to go around...
Exhibit follows quilts from Tennessee to Tibet, and beyond
Making a quilt involves more than just drawing
Monday, 02/26/07 Kids help create quilts to spread
By Courtney Drake ... The
Tennessee Arts Commission TAG
Februrary 22, 2007 - March 23, 2007
"We must be agents of
(-minister, agent of social justice and social change,
Women wanting Peace in Iran join Code Pink and graciously
accept our gift.
by Nelda Villines, delivery by Mwana Bermudes
February 13, 2007
Dear Ms. Judy Meeker,
We are Peace Corps Volunteers living and working in the rural community of
Ngcina, Swaziland in Africa. The focus of our program herein Swaziland is
HIV/AIDS education, prevention and impact mitigation. On February 8, 2007, we
held as "orphans and Vulnerable Children's Day" for our community. We had over
100 orphans and their caretakers attend the event. Because of the generous
donation by More than Warmth we were able to supply 6 orphans and their
caretakers with your beautiful quilts. Along with the joy of the children who
received these donations we were also able to take advantage of the gathering
for the purpose of providing a lesson on HIV/Aids and general health to the
children! We wanted to extend our greatest appreciation and heartfelt thanks. I
hope you enjoy the enclosed pictures that some of the children from our
community have drawn for you.
Jerome and Amy Mayer
Peace Corps Volunteers
Quilt from Aquinas College Multicultural Literature Class
Nashville to Fallujuh, IRAQ with Women for Peace~ Code Pink
This small Catholic
college opened their hearts to the people of Fallujah.
They drew beautiful pictures, beautiful messages of peace.
One student, a young mother, married to a Serbian man, held her baby
her arms, and listened
intensely about how I learned of Depleted Uranium bombs, a few years ago from the nightly news. "Americans
keep your dirty bombs," said the sign from Bosnia. What
is a dirty bomb? I didn't know.
As this young mother
looked at me intently, her four month old smiled at me. No, no one wants our
dirty radiated bombs.
This class gave me hope. I saw compassion in their eyes. I saw open minds. For this I am hopeful. For
this, I am thankful.
Agents of change... to help create a better world.
Judith Biondo Meeker