I think I've mentioned this here last year some time, about my husband's cousin Yaso (his cousin's wife actually). She works for the (Australian) government in Papua N-G, helping resettle the displaced people over there. Thousands of them have been forced from their natural living areas by the big mining companies, and they are sent up to mountain tops where it is so much colder than what they are used to, and their babies are dying from the cold.
If you would like to help please contact Gina through her blog, Patra's Place of Stitching and Vintage Linens or leave me a comment and I'll get back to you.
Here's a mother and baby receiving one of Gina's quilts. Yaso wrote:
We asked in the first village Akwanje for the most recent child born. The mother was still feeding the child as I gave her the quilt. She cried for a long time with happiness.
Then we went to the next village Yakepa. These two villages are so very remote and only a handful of outsiders have been there. Took me and my team more than 36 hours to get there (by truck). It was such a beautiful ceremony and the little ones were crying and then when I wrapped the quilt around each, they started laughing and holding out their hand to me. The people loved the loving gift from someone who has known about them. They know your name - and send their gratitude. I will get the names of the children and the parents for you very soon. In the midst of so many things to respond to, I forgot to write them down. One of the child (Yakepa) has Albinism. More quilts would be glorious.
I haven't been sleeping well so I was wide awake at 4.30 in the morning. The house was very quiet so I rummaged through my stash looking for bright happy fabrics and got to work cutting and sewing. By 8.30am I had two bright and cheerful little flimsies and I plan to make another 4 over the weekend. I just need a trip to the fabric shop to buy some warm flannel for the backing. I'll show you the results when they are all finished.
This would make a fabulous gift for a quilting friend. It is a fabulous free pattern very kindly shared at Sew Happy.Me. And here is the LINK.