2002, Mwana Bermudes wrote from Zambia and asked if he could help our
project. I honestly didn't know how Mwana could help. At that point we
had sent a dozen quilts to Afghanistan, and one to the Ibdaa Cultural
Center to Palestinian children, who were under curfew twenty-four
hours a day. That summer the children in North Nashville wanted
their quilts to go to Africa, made of African material. Soon Nelda and
Mwana were taking our quilts to Angela, who takes care of many children
in a day school. Angela put our quilts on her sick bed. It is an honor
to continue this relationship with Angela, and support her work in any
way we can. Thank you, Angela, Thank you, Mwana for wanting to
help, and forging our way into Africa. We have sent quilts to over 50
countries, including Juma, a new country in South Sudan. Thank you,
Judy, I visited Angela in Lusaka in Oct. All her projects are
doing well! She is a wonderful, giving, strong African woman!
probably already have pics of the attached quilt. Mark, my
colleague at the Embassy, gave it to her in 2010, I think. But I
took pics, just in case you didn't get them before.
back in Juba, South Sudan, for a couple of months. You sent me a
quilt to Juba in February, when I was here before. I hope to
visit the family that got that quilt next week. I'll send you
pics, if it works.
Hope school is going well.
quilt was made by a group of artists from around Tennessee at an artist
retreat, provided by the Tennessee Arts Commission. It is a beautiful
piece of art, and all were honored to be part of the project. The third
square down is a map of Africa, and it was quite fitting to send this
quilt to Angela, in Zambia. I believe it was sent last year, 2011, after
the quilt was exhibited at Opryland hotel, at a quilt show, and was
shown to various schools, as part of the More than Warmth quilt making
gratitude I thank all that have supported this effort to teach open
hearted efforts to reach others,in the United States and around the
world, to show we care.
than Warmth is an educational project for students of all ages to
learn about world cultures. It fosters understanding, knowledge
and compassion among cultures through nonviolent,
nonpolitical, and nonreligious means.
than Warmth" (Más que calor) es un proyecto educativo para estudiantes
de 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.
- Judith Biondo Meeker
November 25, 2012, More than Warmth will have a posting on Sewing with
Nancy's Corner program "Embellish Outside the Box," program #2616-2617. Each
PBS program determines when they will air the program. Often it is on
Saturday mornings. The first quilt shown was given to Palestinians by
Rose with Code Pink, another is one of Nelda's quilts in Sudan.