Quilts for Empowerment’s Program Director, Norah Otondo, made a powerful impression during her 10 days in Oregon. Her five public presentations about her own experience as a fistula survivor and the impact QFE is having on fistula survivors in Kenya reached out to over 200 individuals.
QFE reminds supporters about two events that are coming up in November.
Annual Benefit: November 3, 2018, 2-4 pm. QFE's annual fundraiser will again be at the Wine Country Barn, 16200 Lewis Rogers Lane, Newberg. You will have the opportunity to shop our products and bid on a variety of silent auction items. Norah Otondo, our Kenyan Program Director, will keynote this event. Registration and early bird tickets are available at Eventbrite.com for $30. Hosted food and wine will be provided. Please download our flyer for details about the Benefit.
Reception for Norah Otondo: November 11, 2018, 2-4 pm. This will be another opportunity to meet Norah and learn more about how QFE has impacted Norah's life and the lives of women with obstetric fistula in Kenya. Norah is traveling outside Africa for the first time ever. The reception will be held at White Rabbit Bakery, 21368 Pacific Hwy E, Aurora. Light refreshments will be provided.
QFE is extremely grateful to add Justine Hostetler to our Team. Justine is our new Communications Intern from George Fox University where she is studying Communication Arts with an emphasis in theater. She loves people and hearing their stories. In addition to serving QFE with graphic design, public relations, and social media skills, Justine is the Greeting Coordinator for Bridgetown Church in Portland while she runs her piano studio and works as a freelance artist.
There is a new way to support Quilts for Empowerment. Donors can elect to make their gift in honor of others by sending the honoree this card featuring our seamstress and her daughter. Donors can request any number of thank you cards regardless of the amount donated.
To do this, go to the Donation tab and after clicking on it, click on ‘add special instructions to seller’ to give the name and address for where the cards are to be sent along with the number of cards requested. Make the donation, and the cards with envelopes will be mailed to you right away. Except for your tax receipt letter, you will not receive any other mail from us and you will not be added to a contact list unless requested.
It’s that easy! A great way to support Quilts for Empowerment and make a memorable gift to others at the same time.
We are thrilled to announce that today our Kenyan Program Director’s Visa Application was approved so that she can keynote our Annual Benefit November 3rd. Please download our flyer for details about the Benefit, where you can also have personal time with Norah. Pre-registration will be limited to 75 individuals. Tickets are available at Eventbrite.com.
We had a splendid reception last week at the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show. Board member Deb Sorem, seen in the photo outside the Wildflower Studio with our products, and President Mary Ann McCammon talked to literally hundreds of people about our program. Many did not know about obstetric fistula so we did a lot of educating! The response was overwhelmingly positive, with offers to donate embroidery floss, financial donations, and invitations to tell our story in their communities. We also sold many of our products, especially the folk art quilts. A big “thank you” to Wendy and Chris, the owners of the Wildflower Studio, for sponsoring us. Please visit their website and if in Sisters, check out their store.
Another big thank you goes to Betty DeHaven who hand sewed the bindings and hanging sleeves on many of the folk art quilts we sold. Quilts for Empowerment is thriving because of all the support we receive from people like Betty, Wendy and Chris.
QFE is honored to welcome Christ Lutheran Church in Aurora as a new partner. This small but very socially active church in rural Oregon designated QFE as the recipient of their Lenten offering. We are grateful for their generous donation and their continued commitment to supporting our work. Thank you Christ Lutheran!!!
We are very sad to bid farewell to Corinne Hughes who has been our social media consultant for nearly a year. Corinne’s posts on Facebook were inspiring and helped garner support for QFE. She was also an intrepid photographer who supplied many of our images. We wish Corinne all the best in the future and thank her for all she has done to support QFE.
Watch for QFE next month at the Sisters Annual Outdoor Quilt Show. Founder Mary Ann McCammon will give a presentation on Monday, July 9, 7 to 8:30 pm at the Sisters Council Chamber. She'll describe the quilters, their quilts, and the personal and financial impact of quilting on their lives. The Council Chamber is located at 520 E. Cascade Ave., Sisters, OR.
In addition, QFE quilts will be on display (and available for purchase) July 8 to 14 at Wildflower Studio all week. Three types of quilts will be available: raw unframed quilt tops, ready to be finished; completely finished quilts with borders, back, and hanging sleeve; and finished quilts framed by Wildflower Studio. All quilts include a photo of quilter with her story and the story of the quilt itself. All proceeds will be used to fund the program. Founder Mary Ann McCammon will be
on hand at Wildflower Studio all week to meet customers and talk about the QFE program. Wildflower Studio is located at 103 B East Hood Ave., Sisters, OR. You can learn more about Wildflower Studio at their website.
The Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show is widely recognized as the world’s largest outdoor quilt show and quilt sale displaying more than 1300 quilts created by fiber artists from around the world. More than 10,000 visitors from all 50 states and 27 foreign countries flock to Sisters, Oregon on the second Saturday in July. For more about Sisters Quilt Show, please visit their website. We hope to see you there.
When Mary Ann was in Kenya last month, she met our amazing seamstress Carol and her daughter. Carol had one request: please bring power to my house, and so we did. She is delighted now to have light at night to sew and for her daughter to study. These are photos of Carol, her daughter, and her home in Kenya.