Monday, November 16, 2015

A Call to Arms, Crafters!

Beginning today, until December 31, 2015, I will be collecting donations of knitting needles, crochet hooks, yarn, and pre-owned pattern books for the Typhoon Haiyan women survivors of Tacloban for this very worthy cause.  I ask that you consider this project as worthwhile of your assistance.

As many of you know, I am from the Philippines.  In November of 2013, my home country was hit by Super Typhoon Haiyan, resulting in devastation in the region of Tacloban.  Now, two years later, life has returned to some kind of normalcy in the area, but there is still much that needs to be done.

Recently, I was contacted by my high school classmate and fellow maker, Candy Reyes-Alipio, about a project that she is currently involved in. She is part of a group called Knitting Expedition and is involved in teaching knitting to women in the Philippines as a livelihood skill. 

She recently returned from a trip to Tacloban, where in partnership with a local designer, Tipay Caintic and non-governmental organization (NGO) SANKATIGAN, she taught the ladies of the community to knit. SANKATIGAN was created to provide a safe space for the survivor women and children to play and move onwards from the tragedy of the great storm of two years ago. Now, the women are being taught crafting as a livelihood skill to provide a dignified source of income.

Photo Credit: Candy Reyes - Alipio

In July 2015, Ms. Caintic brought a group from Craft MNL to teach the ladies how to crochet. Here is a video of that project and the impact it will have for these women.

The women of SANKATIGAN are enjoying their new learned skills and must continue to practice.  Currently, they are working with donated materials of varying grades, hindering their ability to meet their potential to create consistent high-quality, salable items.

Photo Credit: Candy Reyes - Alipio
On behalf of the women of SANKATIGAN, I am calling on you, my dear friends, fellow teachers, and makers to step up and help these women.  Please consider donating knitting needles, crochet hooks, pattern books, and yarn for this worthy cause.  Feel free to buy a set from your local yarn shop or craft store, or give any of your extra needles and materials and send them to me for collection and shipping to the Philippines.  All your donations will be cataloged and accounted for once they have been received. 

If you would like to participate, please let me know either by commenting below, sending me a private message, or e-mail.  You may also mail the donation items directly to me at:

Handmade Love and Joy
PO Box 491
Cherry Hill, NJ 08003
Please remember to include your contact information (Name, address, e-mail address and/or telephone number) so I can acknowledge receipt of your donation.

If you are in the Philippines and would like to participate as well, please let me know and I will direct you to the persons who can help you there.