More than 80 quilts and wallhangings will be included in Saturday's auction, including items competing in a special challenge. Sewers were invited to create a hand- or machine-quilted kitchen apron or table runner, and festival guests will vote on their favorites.
Proceeds from the auction of these items will support women in Sudan. Here's the story:
Florence Ayikoru D’ekili spent most of her life as a refugee in Uganda because of Sudan’s civil war. While living in one of the major Ugandan camps for Sudanese refugees, she became involved in tailoring and income generation classes. After returning to southern Sudan in 2008, she approached Mennonite Central Committee with her vision for reaching
out to women in the city of Juba. Today, with MCC’s support, she is the administrator of an organization called Mother’s Union that provides sewing and tailoring courses along with information on marketing, business concepts and self-care. Some participants have started their own sewing businesses and are earning enough to build homes, pay school fees and better their families’ lives.
$10 donated through the festival auction can support a tailoring instructor for one day.
$150 will purchase a sewing machine for a program graduate.
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