Friday, April 17, 2009

Thank You

Today was a big day for us......not the greatest photo but we have been able to send out sponsorship for two women in the DRC through Women for Women International. As you might remember, when Anderson Cooper did his segment on 60 Minutes back in January 2008 about the Victims of War-Raping of Women in the Congo, we were inspired to initiate our Congo Project with every intention of helping the women to become rehabilitated, educated and assisted with getting their life back so they could become self supporting for themselves and their families. Women for Women International sponsors women on a yearly basis to do just that. The rug is finished and we are still in the process of marketing it but in the meantime, Rhonda came up with the brilliant suggestion to make proddy brooches to sell at the same time and to bring awareness about the Project and, most importantly, about the women in the Congo. Thank you to everyone who have taken the time from their very busy lives to make flowers and to those of you who have assisted the project and purchased flowers - thank you, thank you. The ladies who attended the Olde Forge Hook In, to the ladies of the Olde Forge Rug Hooking group and also to the Red Hat ladies of the Gananoque area- your combined contributions have paved the way for the sponsorship through the brooches. There will be two women who will be eternally grateful for your support!!!

We will try to keep everyone informed as much as we can about the outcome of the initial sponsorships.

Thank you again from everyone at Women Matters.


maureenm said...

Thank you for sharing this. I was bvery moved by the RHM article - and LOVE the Waiting rug - fabulous effort and wonderful to be doing something to help people whose lives have been desecrated by war and violence. We in North America are very fortunate.
thank you,

Women Matters said...

Hi Maureen,

Thank you so much for your positive comments. We can't wait to be able help all the women that we can with the sale of the rug but in the meantime, we are starting out slowly by selling our flower brooches. You are so right we are so fortunate - I just can't imagine what life must be like for the women in the DRC - you have to be strong to be able to just pick up and forge ahead.

Thanks again for your thoughts.

Women Matters