I had the pleasure of meeting Teresa on my first trip to Quilt Market last year and she left a lasting impression on me. Sweet as can be and always with THE most adorable Teresa-made dresses on, I knew she was a kindred spirit right away. She contacted me recently to tell me a about an incredible project journey that she's embarked on and asked if I would share her story with you, my dear readers. I'm so in love with this story and so happy to help spread the word.
Here's a little info from Teresa:
When I volunteered, along with my two children, to spend a couple of months working with orphans in Vietnam, I had no idea just how much I would grow to love those children.
Despite the language chasm between us, we developed friendships and an affection that is incomparable. As a mom, it was amazing to watch my kids with them--Audrey would hold the babies and feed them formula, while Stuart was the one the young boys flocked to for a game of chase.
Six years and two return visits later, the situation at the orphanages has not improved. The state-run facilities are desperately in need of additional items that cannot be purchased with the limited funds provided by the government. International adoptions were shut down and children continue to be left at the orphanages.
Today there are more than 100 kids in the orphanages in the small city of Tam Ky.
Along with efforts to publish our story about moving to Vietnam, I want to provide yet again for these kids. Each time we've returned we have been able to bring along clothes, food, shoes, and toys, as well as cash to pay for fruit, yogurt and milk (all are considered non-essential so not supplied by the government).
This is where I need you help. I want to get as many quality, handmade items as I can to these kids. Whether it's a bag to carry their school books in, shorts to wear in the hot heat of summer, or diapers for the many infants that find a new home at the orphanage.
If you're interested in helping this group of sweet, lovely littles, Teresa has tons more information at her blog. She has listed a complete outline of their needs.
If you're unable to sew something you can also donate to her fundraiser at http://www.indiegogo.com/phoforthree.