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Delivery Stories

Stories arranged by year and then alphabetically by delivery location.

2018


Ghana, Priscilla Jeffrey, July 2018
Hello K4P folks, I am finally back in the US after a very successful month in Ghana. I had very little Internet service, so I am just now able to send you the report on the distribution we made at the Nsawam Hospital Children's Ward in July. On the advice of local community members who we work with, it was decided that we distribute the dolls and the...
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2018 Burundi
The distribution of dolls in Gahararo
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2016


Greece, Susan Beer, Autumn 2016
The chronology below details conversations regarding the shipment of 1,378 items intended for migrants trapped in Greece. The shipment left Denver on October 8, 2016. As of this writing (November 26, 2016), the items have still not been released by Greek Customs. On a personal note, you may want to know that Susan Beer and I...
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Nepal, Linda Siderius & Global Dental Relief, Spring 2016
In April-May 2016, my husband and I were lucky enough to make a second trip to Nepal with a large delivery of scarves and peace pals. If you read K4P’s newsletters last year, you may recall we went and were caught in the tragic earthquake that hit Nepal on April 26, 2015. We were unable to accomplish our mission of working...
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2015


Guatemala, Arna & Marty Caplan, Winter 2015
When my husband Marty and I planned a trip to Central America, we knew there would be a perfect place to deliver Peace Pals. We tucked about 35 of these delightful dolls into our luggage and found our delivery spot in Guatemala City. The capital city has a 40 acre dump where over 30 percent of the country’s garbage goes. ...
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Nepal, Linda Siderius/global Dental Relief, April 2015
April 2015 – Nepal My husband and I were privileged to carry two big duffle bags loaded with scarves to Nepal on a trip with Global Dental Relief. We were to work in a children’s dental clinic that was located at the SMD boarding school in Boudnath (a suburb of Kathmandu), Nepal. The first leg of our...
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Rwanda, Carol Falke/hope Made Real, March 2015
One can wonder how so many people come together to bring smiles to the faces of women and children. But that’s what Knitting4Peace has done. It has built a network of knitters and crocheters with a passion for what they do as well as a passion to make an impact on the lives of women and children and families across the...
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2014


Bolivia, Yolanda Rosas-leon, Summer 2014
Yolanda is one of our residential/on-the-ground delivery partners. For several years, we have been shipping directly to her so she can deliver our items to women and children she serves in her widespread ministry. Recently, she journeyed twenty miles overland to Apollo, a village in the northern region of the department of La Paz. She delivered Peace Pals...
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India, Brett Cole/grace Lipman, September 2014
Sept 4, 2014 Back in India! Landed in Delhi at midnight after 20 hours on Air France. Great food, tiny seats that killed my back, but all seems to be ok. Sat next to two Spaniards and after talking in Spanish for six hours I now find myself accidentally speaking Spanish to people here in Delhi. Hey, at...
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Israel (beit She'an), Beachwood (oh) Peace Pod, February 2014
In February a group of ten women travelled to Israel on a Professional Women’s delegation through the Jewish Federation of Cleveland. Sharon Sobol Jordan brought with her the dolls to distribute to Israeli children. During the 7 day trip the group stopped in Cleveland’s sister city of Beit Shean to see amazing sites, and meet women who are making a difference in...
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Kenya, Arna & Marty Kaplan, February 2014
Arna and Marty Kaplan made their third visit and delivery to Kibera School for Girls in the fall of 2013. When they departed, they left enough Peace Pals so there would be enough for each new student in the in-coming Pre-Kindergarten class. This new class just started. Watch this video of each young student receiving her own Pal.
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Kenya, Rich Anderson/kids Alive International, Summer 2014
Before going to Kenya I would have seriously questioned why anyone there would need knitted scarves or hats. Kenya sits on the equator and we all learn in grade school that the equator is quite hot. Fast forward to this summer when I organized a team of 15 volunteers who traveled to Kenya to...
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Mexico (tijuana), Cuyahoga Falls (oh) Pod, February 2014
For the past twelve years Bethany United Church of Christ in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, has sent a volunteer group on a building mission to Tijuana, Mexico with the Esperanza Foundation out of San Diego. The volunteers work alongside the family for whom the home is being built; local technicians provide expertise as well as labor. The work involves digging trenches for...
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Peru, Peruvian Hearts, January 2014
March 12, 2014 I would like to express my deepest gratitude, on behalf of Peruvian Hearts, to the generous contributors of Women4Women-Knitting4Peace. In January of 2014, I had the privilege of traveling to Peru to deliver the generous contribution of hats, shawls, scarves, and Peace Pals to the girls and young ladies we work with in Cusco, Peru. The...
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Romania, Joan Eden, August 2014
We had an wonderful morning handing out the dolls from Knitting4Peace today. My roommate described it as a "delicious" experience. That word sums it up quite nicely. Eight of the twelve houses had kids in them. (Because of the renovation to all 12 buildings, some children are visiting relatives and others...
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Swaziland (shewula & Bhiliya), Janice Wilson/kukhany'okusha Cares for Children Project, March 2014
This year’s trip was planned for the Grand Opening Celebration of our first farm. We have had crops for two years now, but this was our official opening. Other individuals attending our celebration included the Deputy Prime Minister of Swaziland (in charge of the Orphaned and Vulnerable Children population), UNICEF representatives, Members of Parliament, the local...
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2013


Ghana, Priscilla Jeffrey, Cpas/ghana, Summer 2013
Hundreds of Peace Pals and Birthing Kits Distributed Through Three Deliveries: I. The first distribution was at the Sakyi Agyakawa (prononced Saki Ajakwa) School kindergarten in Nsawam, Ghana. We sponsor 30 girls at the school grades 1-9, who are at risk of dropping out or being taken out by their parents to work. We gave 160 dolls away...
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Haiti, Mary Gorman, Spring 2013
They came from all over the US and Canada – 24 states and the District of Columbia – to this island nation in the Caribbean Sea. Several of these good folks have been trekking to Haiti for as many as 30 years. They came for a conference, The Haiti Connection, sponsored by the Episcopal Church every two years. This year, the first return of the conference to...
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India, Megan Knez/cru, January 2013
We had the privilege of spending an afternoon in Calcutta at the FreeToBeKids Kolkata Child Rescue and Development Centre. It opened in February 2010 and currently provides care for 26 children. These children are from backgrounds of abuse, exploitation and extreme vulnerability. After making colorful octopuses and singing songs, we were able to share the...
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India (kochi, Kerala and Bodi, Tamil Nadu), Pam Price, Winter 2013
When I told my friend, Diane Shields, that I was going on a cultural exchange and mission trip to India, her immediate response was to encourage me to take items from...
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Kenya (shining Hope for Communities, Nairobi), Arna & Marty Kaplan, February 2013
This morning Marty and I visited the preschool girls and delivered the wonderful Peace Pals we brought from women4women-knitting4peace. The pictures say it all! Thanks to Joanie (Walker) for knitting most of them. The girls had just been in school for 2 days. I think the Peace Pals made this new experience a bit easier for them. They especially liked...
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Peru, Katie Campbell-morrison, 2012-2013
Katie Campbell-Morrison is one of our on-the-ground delivery agents. She has been serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in a remote mountainous village outside Ica, Peru. In September, 2012 we sent a package of shawls and Peace Pals. Katie has used them in her work with mothers who have lost so many children they can no longer bond with their new-born infants. If they...
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Tanzania, Africa School Assistance Project, Summer 2013
I wanted to be in touch to tell you how amazing it was to deliver the 350 peace pals to children in rural Tanzania! As you know, we build schools in poor, rural villages and this year we delivered the dolls into the hands of some extremely excited children. When they saw the dolls, their faces lit up! These are children who have never had a toy...
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Tanzania (arusha), Liz & Katie Jordan, Summer 2013
Some Background I started knitting a few years ago when my Dad gave me my Mom’s knitting needles (she’d passed in 2007). Mom was an avid knitter who was always making things for others so it felt as tho’ I was getting more than just needles but a call to learn to knit. So … with Youtube, lots of false starts, and a few bad words thrown in as I...
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Uganda, Dr. Evelyn Wells and Jean Semler/change A Life Uganda, June 2013
Our team visited Mygeera Uganda the end of June. In fact Change A Life Uganda has been involved in this struggling community for six years. Initial efforts were to help the secondary school there but now our sights have reached high and we are almost finished with building a well that will bring water from more than a mile away. The village has been...
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Uganda, Carol Davis, January 2013
Outreach Uganda thanks you very much for the knitted women's shawls that you gave to us for distribution to our women's groups in Uganda. We were limited in what we could bring in on our January trip and so had received 40 shawls from you. We chose to distribute these shawls to our most needy group in the Lamwo district of northern Uganda. There are 90...
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Uganda (jinja), Development in Gardening (dig), June 2013
Sarah, the Executive Director of DIG, went to Buwala Orphanage just outside of Jinja, Uganda in June 2013. DIG started working with this orphanage in 2009, developing a garden and planting fruit trees to help provide meals for the orphans. It is run by a very dynamic Ugandan couple, Paul and Rose, and supports 23 orphans. The children were so excited to...
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Aurora Co, Lori Gates, March 2013
Our students live in a poverty stricken area of North Aurora (near Stapleton in Denver). They are primarily English Language Learners. They are lovely caring & amazing students. I could teach anywhere and I choose to teach here. Our school is called Fletcher Intermediate Science & Technology School. We are what's called a "Pilot" school,...
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Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, Keira Hook/light of Christ Youth Group, Summer 2013
My name is Keira Hook, and I journeyed with the youth of Light of Christ in Longmont, Colorado to Pine Ridge through the Re-Member organization this June. On one of the last nights of our trip, Re-Member hosted a craft night, where many locals came to share their art and their culture. We decided to distribute the Peace Pals while we enjoyed eating dinner and...
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Catholic Charities/samaritan House, Denver Co, 5280 Knits 4 Peace, February 2013
Our delivery story began even before we reached our intended destination. We had arrived early and were sitting in the car. I was checking e-mail correspondence and...
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Washington (illinois), Carol Hoglund & Sue Shoff, December 2013
Knitting4Peace member Carol Hoglund lives in Virginia. She sent K4P items to her sister, Sue Shoff, who lives in Washington, Illinois. Here is Sue's story about the devastation in her town and the healing and hope provided by our caps and scarves: I went to Lincoln Grade school to deliver the lovely scarves and hats. These children lost their homes to...
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Colorado (denver, Boulder, Adams Counties), Katie Siefermann, January 2013
Katie Siefermann is a speech-language pathologist who works for a small practice serving low-income, Latino families in Denver, Boulder, and Adams counties. She and her colleagues provide early intervention services in the homes of toddlers with communication delays. This involves working with children and their parents who are typically Spanish-speaking,...
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Zimbabwe (old Mutare Mission), Charlie Moore, January 2013
I was privileged to visit The Fairfield Children’s Home in Old Mutare Mission, Zimbabwe in January of this year. I was in Zimbabwe with a team of 13 students, faculty and trustees from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD who were spending several weeks at Africa University working with their students on building a new secondary school in the nearby village of...
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2012


Guatemala, Deirdre Murphy, Autumn 2012
First of all, I want to thank you so very much for donating 30 Peace Pals for my trip to Guatemala. It is very difficult to put into words the reaction the people of Guatemala had not only to our presence there, but to those Pals as well. I went with an organization called Refuge International. They are based out of Longview Texas. We traveled to San...
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Honduras, Honduras Hope Mission/julie Coleman, April 2012
March 29, 2012 Tonight we prayed over the 'babies' as they prepare to go to Honduras with the Honduras Hope Mission on April 16th. The trip has been reduced from a larger group to just four people due to the recent violence down there. Even the Peace Corp. left! My friend Sheri is going and she is excited because, since...
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India, Global Dental Relief Project, September 2012
This September (2012), Global Dental Relief volunteers treated 1,000 children in the town of Leh in northern India. Twenty-two volunteers, including 10 dentists and 12 general volunteers traveled to this remote Indian location to provide local children with the first dental care of their lives. As a special bonus, each child received a gift as they...
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Kenya, Arna & Marty Caplan, February 2012
A delivery by Marty and Arna Caplan to Kibera slum, Nairobi, Kenya Thanks to all who knit Peace Pals. Their impact on the children was huge. There is definitely a synergy between Shining Hope and Women4Women. Both are dedicated to bringing hope to women in areas of strife. Both realize that through women and their strengths, lasting change will...
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Kenya, Sister Joanne, Autumn 2012
How thrilled my children were today to receive their Peace Pals. As you can see from their happy faces, they were overjoyed to have little dollies for their very own. These children are kindergarten students at our St. Elizabeth Pre-School in Timau which is a learning institution we founded (utilizing the Montessori Method) for the needy, destitute, orphans and...
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Peru, Katie Campbell-morrison, 2012-2013
Katie Campbell-Morrison is one of our on-the-ground delivery agents. She has been serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in a remote mountainous village outside Ica, Peru. In September, 2012 we sent a package of shawls and Peace Pals. Katie has used them in her work with mothers who have lost so many children they can no longer bond with their new-born infants. If they...
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Peru (mantay), Caryn Hanson, Summer 2012
Tucked away in an obscure, isolated part of Cusco, Peru, is a little piece of heaven for girls who have known little peace in their young lives. No signs mark the location; only angels painted on the high walls protecting the residents designate the shelter. Casa de Acogida Mantay (“Mother” in the native language of Quechua) was founded in June, 2000, to...
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Rwanda, Susan Boyd, Summer 2012
This summer Susan Boyd returned to Rwanda to deliver Peace Pals to 94 children enrolled in a pre-primary center in Kinigi. Although virtually every single child was...
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Rwanda, Susan Boyd, December 2012
So here we sit with the Congo forces reportedly crossing Mount Sabyinyo into Rwanda only about 10 miles north and have already murdered a Park Ranger/Tracker. Scary...
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Uganda, Outreach Uganda (carol Davis), 2012
I wanted to say a big "thank you" for all the Peace Pal knitted dolls that I took with me to Uganda this summer. We distributed them at our northernmost group in Agwata Uganda which is in the Lamwo district just 40 miles from the Sudan border. Our distribution was done at the local parent supported community school called the Cubu Parent Primary School. We...
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2011


Honduras, Charlotte Clive, January 2011
A letter of appreciation from Charlotte Clive Hi Ms. McKee, I have been going to Honduras on medical mission trips for 12 years. This year was the first year I took the little knit dolls (Peace Pals) Barbara and a friend made and gave to me. Barbara told me she rec'd the pattern from you. I think you will see from the pictures that the...
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Morocco, Arna Caplan, 2011
In October of 2011 my husband and I visited Morocco. Although this was a pleasure trip, we felt there would be opportunities for sharing Peace Shawls and Peace Pals along the way. Indeed, these opportunities did arise. While visiting a small village, we stopped at a preschool for local and nomadic children. The six foot four teacher was delighted to see his...
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Nepal, Global Dental Relief Project, October & November 2011
(Story written by Joanne Ditmer, columnist for the Denver Post, who was in charge of distributing Scarves4Peace to children at the end of their dental exam.) Cuddly soft hand knit scarves in luscious colors are valued accents in fashion-conscious wardrobes of women around the world. But for several hundred Nepali youngsters such scarves show that someone...
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Rwanda, Susan Boyd, 2011
A delivery of 145 Peace Pals by Susan Boyd to Rwanda: Musanze and the School for the Deaf(about 3 hours from Kigali) Cheryl Rainey took me to the School for the Deaf located only about 1/2 mile up the mountain from Musanze. There are about 90 total kids enrolled, ranging in apparent age from about 5 to 19. Gemma, the director from England, said that...
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Cleveland Ronald Mcdonald House, Beachwood Peace Pod, December 2011
Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland supports families whose children receive treatment at area medical centers by providing a home-like environment and essential resources and services. Their Executive Director, Craig Wilson, believes that “Families are stronger when they are together, and their presence helps a sick child heal faster and cope better. While we...
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2010


Haiti, Ellie Nickeson, June 2010
A letter of appreciation for the creation of 599 Peace Pals June 22, 2010 Dear Peace Pal Knitters, I want to thank each of you for your efforts in helping to create the 599 Peace Pals that were delivered to children in Haiti during the medical mission trip I participated on from May 11-20. I am pleased to report that all the dolls made it...
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