Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Update from Afghans4Afghans

Here's the latest from A4A - the items you knit and we shipped in the fall have arrived in Afghanistan, and were distributed in December. Way to go! What a wonderful effort!

Dear Knitters and Crocheters for Afghanistan,Good news about our last big shipment ...In October, we shipped 81 cartons to Afghanistan for the kids in the programs sponsored by Church World Service. These boxes contained 6,344 hand-knit and crocheted wool blankets and garments for girls and boys ages 7-14. The air shipment arrived in less than 2 weeks and then proceeded through customs and inspections in time for the start of winter. (Shipments by land/sea/land can take 6-9 months or longer.)We are very happy to report that our wool gifts were distributed in December. You've heard the new stories about the severe winter weather. Thank you for rallying when it matter. We are grateful to Church World Service for handling the transport and distribution -- for serving those who suffer the most from war.Church World Service partners with and supports local Afghan organizations in Kabul, Bamiyan, and Markaz-e-Oslah-Tarbeet. The girls and boys receiving their services are the greatest victims of violence and poverty. Most have lost family members. At these childrens' centers, the kids learn about land-mine safety, health and hygiene, children's rights, and cooperation. They have a chance to use books at the library, eat a nutritious meal, try a computer, and play sports. Church World Service reports that the Kabul distribution included cultural performances by the children as part of a ceremony. The girls and boys were appreciative and expressed their warm wishes and happy holidays to you and all people around the world!If we receive photos that are appropriate to share, we will. Meanwhile, please enjoy knowing that your handmade gifts are now being used by these children this winter. Makes all the effort -- by you and so many across the U.S. and Canada -- worthwhile, doesn't it.

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