Kids, HIV, and Quilts

So often it feels that we are drowning in the needs of the world.  It is hard to know which causes to support and if our money will be put to good use.  One of the neat things I get to do in my role with From HIV to Home is to witness the work that other small organizations are doing to care for children with HIV, a cause that is very dear to my heart.

One of the organizations we partner with is Lola Children’s Home which was founded by a man that I have personally met on both of my trips to Ethiopia.  Abebe was an orphan himself and clearly knows the needs of these children. He had a vision to found a children’s home in a more remote region where the children have less access to care than they do in Addis.

To celebrate Lola Children’s Home’s very first year, From HIV to Home is giving away this beautiful quilt* sewn by one of Lola’s supporters.

We are also giving away several additional items – two Starbucks Jonathan Adler limited edition (Red) travel mugs, a Starbucks (Red) gift card, and our very last “embrace” necklace!  That means that for every entry, you have five chances to win!

To participate in the giveaway, simply visit FHTH’s donation page at Network for Good to make a donation to the Lola fund.  100% of donations to this fund go directly to the work of Lola Children’s Home. $5 is worth one entry (so $50 is ten entries!).  Please be sure to note “Lola” in the designation box of your giving form and include your email address so we contact you if you are a winner.

Bloggers – take note:

Since Lola is a new organization, they depend hugely on word of mouth. If you share this info on your blog or website together with a link to FHTH’s donor page, email with the web address for your post, and she will give you a free raffle entry! And even if you’re not a blogger, we would be so grateful if you would spread the word!

The Drawing will be held on May 7 – World AIDS Orphans Day.  Please join me in supporting the children of Lola Children’s Home.

*about the quilt – Kari Nichols is a nationally known quilt designer for Mountainpeek Creations. Her patterns can be seen in stores across the country as well as in magazines and catalogs familiar to quilters. Peeks and Valleys was designed for a fabric company and has been seen at the International Quilt Market. The wonderful fabrics show off the “peeks” very nicely. Exquisite quilting by Pam Cosgrove enhances the pattern. Kari says that she “believes that each quilt has a forever home somewhere, as quilts are chosen with the heart and made with the hands. I’m sure this quilt will find it’s home while helping to create a home for a wonderful child in Ethiopia. Not everyone can adopt a child, but I can do my part to help the people that can. My blessings to all who care so much for these children.” Thank you Kari!!

Thank you for your insightful responses to our Tuesday Topic; please continue to add your thoughts.  I intend to answer it myself in my next post.

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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.


  1. Sharon Wheeless
    April 29, 2011

    Lovely quilt. I put a link on my blog.

    1. One Thankful Mom
      April 29, 2011

      Thank you, Sharon. I am sure the quilt is even more fabulous in person. Kari made a quilt that we raffled off when Honeybee was planning her trip to Ethiopia. It was gorgeous!


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