NWRESD QUILTING MOAI
In May, as part of the ESD's Wellness/Blue Zones initiative, a quilting Moai* was formed (see definition below). The purpose was to spend time enjoying a shared hobby, and to be socially engaged. In five months’ time, the group has completed 24 quilts! These will soon be on their way to Mekele, Ethiopia, to “Lola House”, an orphanage for 22 children whose lives have been impacted by HIV themselves or who have lost both parents to AIDS.
On Saturday, October 7, at 9:00 a.m., the group is meeting again to use leftover fabric to make a coordinating pillowcase for every child. If you sew (or iron or pin), please join us! At the same time on October 9, Renae Iversen (Professional Learning Specialist) will be “crafting” with any interested parties with a goal of creating cards with a special message for each of the children at Lola House. Additionally, we’re attempting to make birthday cards for 115 girls at Children’s Heaven in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. Children’s Heaven serves girls in the community by providing an after school meal and tutoring 5 days/week, and then on Saturday they come for 2 meals and additional training in skills to empower and educate. So if you don’t sew but DO craft, come enjoy great company and “crafting for a purpose”.
The quilting Moai regulars include (from left): Janice Ralph, Alyson Kinzler, Jan Anderson, Michelle Guthrie, Indigo & Kathy Fernandez, and Amy Knoedler. Not pictured: Kerri Smith and a few retired Hillsboro and Gaston teacher friends!
The quilting group is meeting in December to make flannel rag quilts for homeless youth in downtown Portland. They will be donated to a group called “Dinner and a Movie”, who specifically provide assistance in a variety of ways to homeless youth who have children of their own.
In January, the group will start a “block of the month” class with instruction in a variety of quilting techniques.
*Definition of Moai A Social support group. In Japanese, Moai means "meeting for a common purpose" . The term originated from the social support groups in Okinawa, Japan. The concept of Moais have gained contemporary attention due to the Blue Zone research popularized by Dan Buettner.