Quilts for Kids

Quilts for Kids

The Rising Child Nepal Foundation supports Quilts for Kids, a program founded and run by American James Hopkinson,who has lived in Nepal many years. James wanted to help a slum village of beggars who originate from Rajasthan but now live on the outskirts of Kathmandu in an area called Boudha. The answer was a quilt making program. Rajasthani women are talented seamstresses and known for their amazing fiber arts. By helping them band together, provide financial support to purchase fabric, thread and other supplies, and provide small incomes for the women, they are able to send their children to a local school.

In exchange, these children are able to stay off the streets as beggars, get an education and, in turn, provide their mothers with income generating projects, making amazingly colorful quilts that spring forth from their wonderful imagination and design and sewing talents. It takes 10 days for a group of 3-4 women to design a quilt. for that, one child in the beggar community is given a chance at a better future. And the women are given a chance to use their skills not only to earn money but to improve their self esteem and show them their talents are appreciated The program is so empowering for these women from the lowest rungs of the ladder of Nepal society.

Sponsor and Donate

The cost of sponsoring one of the children to attend school for an entire year, provide for materials for a mother to sew a quilt, and to sell it to earn a small salary is US $140 a year.