month, we feature a charity that helps others through knitting and
crochet. This month's charity is Knit-a-Square.com, which asks knitters
around the world to help provide warmth to South African orphans.
is a nonprofit organization that began in October 2008 and provides
blankets for children orphaned by the HIV/AIDS epidemic and extreme
poverty in Africa. The organization works in association with Hotel
Hope, a charity that provides food,
shelter and love to children infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS.
role is to provide warmth by collecting handknit or crocheted squares
from all over the world that are then
stitched together locally by the Soweto Comfort Club, a church group in
South Africa, to create blankets for
children in Soweto and Johannesburg, South Africa areas, including
those helped by
when Sandy McDonald, the webmaster of Knit-a-Square who was born in
Zimbabwe, and her mother Zanny were visited by aunt Ronda. Ronda told
them about the efforts of her church group in Johannesburg, South
Africa to help children living in terrible poverty and the chilly,
winters that these children faced. Ronda kept some cheap blankets in
her car to give to children
begging on the streets, but it was not enough. So Ronda and Sandy began
Knit-a-Square to provide good quality, warm blankets to the suffering
children of South Africa.
They hope to expand the charity to Zimbabwe where the
Club would sew the squares
There are an estimated 11.6 million
orphans in sub-Saharan Africa, including the estimated 1.4 million in
Africa alone. Knit-a-Square asks
that volunteers knit or crochet 8x8 inch (20x20 cm)
squares and send it along with 3 yards (2 m) of coordinating yarn for
sewing squares together. They ask for warm, wooly yarns in bright
colors to stimulate the children. We recommend Wool-Ease or Lion Wool,
which come in bright colors that are great for kids.
Felted squares are
also welcome and can be made from the Lion Wool. Knit-a-Square also
wool scraps for stitching up squares and finishing off blankets.
For more specific instructions and to learn more
about Knit-a-Square, please visit knit-a-square.com. Click here
to find out how to start your own Square Circle group and contribute
squares to this organization.
Squares can be mailed directly to:
Soweto Comfort Club
Private Bag X900
here for postal instructions from Knit-a-Square to ensure that your
package arrives safely.