I've been meaning to get this posted all week long, but as it turns out, the teaching of the under twelve crowd during the week after Halloween/daylight savings time (with a huge election thrown in) is not so good for the afterschool energy level and I have been arriving home in the p.m. with no motivation whatsoever left over for the upkeep of my online brain. So, now it is Friday and the kiddo that I would normally be regaling with repetitive instructions for subtraction with regrouping (ah, the pesky borrowing of ones...) is at p.e. so this post is finally happening. 'Cause, you see, it is about good things that we should all know about.
Amanda Soule, author of the massively popular craft/parenting blog SouleMama, has started a very worthy side project. It's called Mama to Mama and is designed to help her readers and fellow crafters make connections to various activism projects that can be served through craft. Her first project is asking people to repurpose t-shirts by making them into newborn caps to be included in safe birthing kits which will be distributed to expectant mothers in Northern Haiti. For those who don't know very much about Haiti, or the extreme and difficult living conditions there, Meg at Sew Liberated wrote an excellent post a couple of days ago that gives a number of links to very useful information.
I have to say, as a mother of a young child, full time teacher of children with disabilities and wife of a hopeful medical student who is going half-crazy waiting to hear about interviews, I definitely struggle to do anything that involves looking out for others in this world- I can barely look after the three of us! I know that making hats for babies is not high level activism that results in policy change. I also know, however, that it is something that I can actually do and that actually doing something is worthwhile, however small.