So I started doing a bit of knitting (okay, one scarf so far) with the intent of donating items (okay, scarves, since I don't think I can make anything else!)
I wanted to start a "Knitting for Nepal" group and send scarves over there. Made a few inquiries, but never heard back from anybody. Don't know anyone there but would like to go there some day.
Anyways, does anyone knit and donate their items?
Know of a needy village/region in Nepal?
Last edited by BEARCAT; Dec. 26, 2009 at 07:36 PM.
There are so many places that could use donations. Here's yet another idea. Your local animal shelter. Not scarves per se, but knitted kitty blankets. I took one in a couple weeks ago and they were so thankful to get it. One jailed kitty will have something soft to cuddle into while he/she is there.
So interesting that someone posted a thread like this,but my answer for you isn't what you're going to want to hear.
In 19 weeks, I'm heading off to a really small remote village in northern Nepal to volunteer at a friend's childrens' home, where she lives with 28 kids.
It's quite a sweet gesture for you to want to send scarves to Nepal, but the shipping system is unfortunately very bad. It'll cost you a small fortune to mail the package, and it has a very slim chance of reaching its desired destination. With the political state of the country, a mail system is fairly non existent.
If you're interested in helping the country/ a specific population or organization, your best bet would be to donate money directly where you want it to go, and tell them what you want it to be used for. This also helps to support local industry/women in the towns by giving them a salary for producing goods rather than shipping goods directly. I can put you in touch with one of those if you'd like, or as others have stated helping locally might be much easier.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. Explore. Dream. Discover.
Why Nepal? Why scarves? And why scarves to Nepal? If you want to make a difference in a developing country, I would strongly urge you to ask people who live and work there what they need, rather than sending what you think they need. Better yet, ask the people you want to help what they want.
I work in and spend more than 6 months per year living in a different developing country (Malawi). I see well-intentioned donations arriving all the time. More often than not, the unsolicited ones never reach their intended beneficiaries; they are items that can't be used or that are much, much less useful than other products of similar nature and value; they are readily and cheaply available locally; and far more useful items could have been procured locally for the cost of shipping. Moreover, the thoughtfulness of a handmade item doesn't always translate well cross-culturally. I'm sorry if I sound cynical about your idea, because I think it's kind and well-meaning. But unless you have a very good reason to believe that there is a shortage of American-made scarves in Nepal, I'd urge you to consider one of the thoughtful alternatives suggested by other posters.
I definitely DON'T disagree with the last 2 posts. I have lived in (hot) 3rd world countries (back when they were called that ) and their needs are much different than ours. And yes, packages there don't often reach their destinations when they come from "rich" countries.
Funny that you should mention Greg's book. Just got done reading "3 cups of tea." That and "The Friday night Knitting Club" are what got me started on this path.
In a ways, I came here to COTH to brainstorm, as this is a good place for it.