How Your Knitted Items Helped The Nepal And Surrounding Communities
Project Knitting for Nepal brought together knitters, crocheters and creative makers from all over Australia and the world, in a common purpose to make warm clothing for families in Nepal. The project, now drawing to a close, has been our most popular Lion Heart project yet.
Having been to Nepal three times and lived there for a period, I have seen how few material items the people of Nepal sometimes live with, things we take for granted in our daily lives. Yet this ‘lack’ has made no difference to their levels of happiness, generosity, warmth and quality of spirit!
Through their love of family and community, a resilience in the face of hardship, and a commitment to their culture, religion and purpose the Nepalese are a people unique. They are rich in ways where western societies have fallen short. We can learn a lot from them.
Many families, particularly in the rural and Himalayan regions of Nepal, endure cold winters every year without the luxury of extra blankets, slippers or beanie. Their tenacity and fortitude mean that they live through these winters year after year, without complaint. But we wanted to do something nice for these children, these families, something that might help them feel a little warmer, a little more comfortable and a little more connected to the endless love and care that thrives in the hearts of good people, all over the world.
So, we knitted beanies. And socks, jumpers, scarves and gloves. You, our amazing, generous knitting and creative community all over Australia (including many beautiful readers of the Cazinc Blog) and the world, responded to the call for warmth with such enthusiasm and kindness! We received tons of knitted items. Several packages of these knitted items have already been delivered to Nepal and Bhutan, a close Himalayan country, and have been very gratefully received!
And as these items are distributed throughout these and similar countries in need, this message of sincere care and connection will follow. Not only will a child have their very own warm beanie or other item, they will also have in their hands a work of art from a talented creator on the other side of the world; a labour of love from a different country, in another diverse community speaking a different language, but with the same heart.
Our countries have been brought closer with this project, through understanding, appreciation and gratitude. The greatest reward comes not from getting something but in giving something away. We need the people of Nepal as much as they need us.
Project Knitting for Nepal closes officially on 30th November 2018. We will no longer be able to accept donations after this date, as our attention will then be turned to distributing the knitted items that we have received.
From all of us at Lion Heart, THANK YOU SO MUCH, for being a part of Project Knitting for Nepal. Thank you for the time you dedicated to knitting and crocheting, to spreading awareness and for fundraising. Thank you for your kind donations of hand-made clothing, of sponsorship to help fund delivery, and for personally delivering these knitted items on your travels. You’ve made a real difference.
“We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.” – Mother Teresa
If ever we open another knitting project, we’ll be sure to let you know via the Cazinc Blog, but for now, I hope you enjoyed being a part of Project Knitting for Nepal, and if ever you want to get in touch, please feel free.
Thank you very much for your help, care and courage.
'Courage to Thrive'
If you would like to contact us, have any questions or would like further information, please reach us on the details below.
Lion Heart, Founder & CEO
PH. 0438 646 495
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