If the only prayer you ever say in your whole life is "thank you", that will suffice. ~Meister Eckhart

Winter 2012

Dear Friends,
It feels like the most natural thing in the world to begin with "Thank You". For your kindness, your support, your belief in little ideas leading to big change...Thank you.

In our country, we are seeing firsthand the effects of small, grassroots efforts and the profound difference they make in the evolution of our country and in the lives of individuals. We celebrate the hearts of those who work for positive change!
And it is because of the positive changes your gifts are
bringing about that I am writing to you today.

2012 has been such an exciting year for The Sewing Machine Project! Beginning with the development of sewing programs for Bhutanese refugees here in Madison, we were able to make a greater impact locally while extending a hand of welcome to these newly-arrived members of our community. This fall we continued our local programs offering sewing classes to underserved populations in English and Spanish. Nationally, we accepted a generous donation of 325 sewing machines from Bernina of America. This awesome gift of matching sewing machines allows us to donate sets of like machines to classroom settings. The first group of 82 machines went to the Mayan Families group in Guatemala to enhance their growing sewing program. Shortly thereafter, we sent 15 of the machines to Apne Aap in New Delhi, India, to jumpstart their sewing education program for young women. This extraordinary program begins training girls at the age of 15 in marketable trades to redirect them away from the growing sex trades.

Ten of the machines were sent to Sankore Trades and Arts in New Orleans to outfit their sewing classroom, offering skills training and community building in New Orleans' 8th ward. Adults and children are now engaged in the first round of sewing classes!

We have delivered machines to the Mardi Gras Indians of New Orleans, the Quilters of Gees Bend, the YMCA of Savannah, Georgia and the Great Falls Rescue Mission in Montana. Our SeaHope Partners program has yielded $2000 in donations which we have donated to Bayou Grace, a grassroots community building organization in Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana.

2013 will bring new international shipments and many new blessings, to be sure. Of course, we leave room for the serendipitous opportunities that seem to be woven into this effort.

At the moment we are machine rich...quite a blessing...but it takes money to get these machines where they need to go. It takes funding to expand the reach of this project. So we ask for your help. Consider making a donation in honor of someone and add their name to the Forget Me Not honor role. Consider asking your employer to match your contribution. Consider giving a donation as a gift this Holiday season. But, please give.

Your help is so important in mending communities, one sewing machine at a time.

Most sincerely,

Margaret Jankowski
Founder and Director
The Sewing Machine Project
SeaHope Partners

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The Sewing Machine Project is:
Founder and Director

Margaret Jankowski
Board President
Peter McKeever
Executive Board:

Carol Nowell-Steele
Andrea Plassman
Trish Pulvermacher
Bird Ross
Katie Stout

Advisory Board:
Carroll Heideman
Steffani Lincecum
Robert Miller
Michelle Rutta
Jacqui Sakowski
Mary Lang Sollinger
Nancy Zieman


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