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                                              January 2011
Nine years of learning, opening our hearts,  and sending quilts       
                             ~ to Afghanistan, to Haiti and many inbetween
Students in Schools and Churches around the country continue to send quilts and quilt squares to More than Warmth, while the dedicated United Methodist Women of Progress, Tennessee, help to sew many of the art squares into usable quilts.
One year after the devestating earthquake in Haiti, and thankfully many still help...
Free the Slaves blog -

Students and principal in Haiti accept our humble gifts of quilts. Sante Total (which means “Total Health” in Haitian Kreyol), an organization founded by Tulane medical students
and residents with community leaders in Jacsonville, was established in 2010 with the vision to provide sustainable health-
care to rural communities in the Central Plateau region of the country.  The approach is to address the entire person- health,
well-being, education, and employment, in order to eradicate the disease of poverty.
 In three medical relief trips organized in the communities to date, over 2,500 patients have received healthcare.  The
governing board of one of the communities, Jacsonville, voted to build a health clinic and asked for Sante Total to partner
with their efforts. The long-term vision is the establishment of a permanent medical facility run by Haitian medical pro-
fessionals.  In conjunction with this effort, a focus on the development of public health education integrated into the local
elementary school and a community healthcare worker training program will also be instituted.  
Alison Smith  http://www.santetotal.org/

Photo credits and gratitude to Alison Smith @tulane for her work in Haiti and for delivering our quilts: http://www.santetotal.org/
Elaine Langley and Plenty International-  http://www.plenty.org for her, and their work in Haiti.

Abintra Montessori, Nashville, Tennessee created quilts for Sudan and Haiti- Upper Elementary students visited Wharton Elementary for an annual quilt-making service project. They worked with Judith Meeker, founder of the More than Warmth project, and students in her English Language Learners class. They created personalized squares to comprise quilts which has gone to children in Sudan and Haiti, conveying both physical and emotional warmth.

HELPING HANDS   |   More Than Warmth
A teachable moment  children need to feel that they can make a difference, after 9/11,  we found a way to show them how.

February/2011 http://www.americanquilter.com/quilt_life/
For nine years quilts have been sent as gifts to over 50 countries in war, poverty, disease, and as gifts of friendship. Nine years ago this month we began sending quilts to Afghanistan after the bombing with Medea Benjamin, Global Exchange, and Peaceful Tomorrows families. In December, Kathy Kelly, again handcarried a quilt for us, this time to  Afghanistan, and delivered it to the Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers.
We thank all those who have encouraged, and supported this effort of educating, sharing, and opening hearts to many thousands of people around the world.
                                                                                                                                                    - Judith Biondo Meeker
More than Warmth is an educational project for children of all ages to learn about world cultures.  It fosters understanding, knowledge, and compassion between cultures through nonviolent, nonpolitical and nonreligious means.   
More than Warmth | 110 Fifth Road | Summertown, Tennessee 38483
615-975-3880 | info@morethanwarmth.org | www.morethanwarmth.org

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