Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Raffle for Zambian Orphans

Today I would like to go somewhere I don't often go on this blog: personal! It's something I'd thought you'd like to know about though because it has and will be affecting my life in a big way.

Last fall my husband and I decided to sign up for a mission trip to Zambia, Africa this summer. A lot of people from our church went last year and the stories they came back with were so amazing we decided we wanted to be a part of it.
So, in June we will be heading out with a highly experienced missions organization called Family Legacy to serve as camp counselors. This Camp Life program for the orphans of Zambia is one of many programs Family Legacy started doing 10 years ago. They also are building schools and safe havens (for orphans that are in life-threatening situations) and running sponsorship programs. It's really amazing all that they do and how effective they are!
Optimism Throw Quilt ~ front
Our involvement will allow 25 orphaned kids to spend a week at Camp Life. Each day at Camp Life we will be working directly with the same group of orphans: playing games, teaching Bible lessons, singing songs, and simply hugging and loving these kids in a way most have never experienced. This week of camp will be the highlight of their year!

Optimism Throw Quilt ~ front
Zambia is a peaceful country located just north of the country of South Africa and as you've probably guessed, is extremely poor. Because of HIV/AIDS, it has the highest per capita orphan rate in the world. And what's really sad is that there really are no state-run orphanages where these kids can go so they are left with relative who don't want them or they fend for themselves.
Optimism Throw Quilt ~ back
As you can imagine, we have quite a bit of money to raise, mainly because of the cost of airfare. We are getting close to our goal though! We still need about $2,500 out of the $7,500 required for the both of us to go.

One of the things I am doing to help is I am raffling off one of my handmade quilts! I thought I would give all of my blogland friends an opportunity to join in! (please do not feel obligated in any way!)

  • give $5 for 1 chance
  • give $10 for 3 chances
  • give $20 for 6 chances, etc.
  • link to this post on your blog for an extra chance!
  1. Click HERE to give (this is our fundraising page and the money goes directly to Family Legacy for our trip) OR if you'd rather send a check email me at quiltsbyemily(at)yahoo(dot)com.
  2. Just leave me a comment or send me an email at quiltsbyemily(at)yahoo(dot)com to let me know you've entered and if you've linked to this post
  3. I will be drawing a winner on April 1st!
Quilt Details: This throw quilt is my own pattern, Optimism, which will be available soon. It is 43" by 57" and is made with fabric from the Cotton Blossoms collection by Moda.

Thank you! I cannot tell you how excited we are to have the opportunity to do this!!!


Susan said...

I think this sounds amazing! My Mother has an international non-profit organization that does relief work in Africa and India. Every time I go, I realize how blessed I am.

Maryse said...

Congratulations for taking part of this wonderful project! Not only will it bring happiness to these children, I think it will be a lifetime experience for you and will change the way you approach life!!! How long will you stay in Africa?

Janet B said...

What a great way to use your blog for a bit of 'save the world'. I admire you. I'm anxious to follow you (just found you) and see your success. I have a friend heading to Haiti and am now thinking of ways I might be able to help through my blog. Thanks!

Maryse said...

Ouf! I came back and made a donation just in time! I'll e-mail you right away!