Charity Tuesday: Knit for Peace
Knit for Peace started from humble beginnings to grow into an international charity, donating knitwear, yarn, and accessories to refugees, women in prison, elderly groups, and others in disadvantaged circumstances.
As part of the Charities Advisories Trust, Knit for Peace first developed projects in Rwanada and India to bring together Hutu ant Tutsi women in Rwanda, and Muslim and Hindu women in India to knit clothes for street children and orphans. Knit for Peace paid the women and then distributed the clothes via NGOs. Soon knitters from the UK were donating began sending in loads of knitwear!
We at LoveKnitting proudly donate yarn to Knit for Peace on a regular basis to help with their efforts around the world. They donate to a number of great causes including refugee camps such as the one seen in the photos above and below in Erbil, Iraq.
We asked Knit for Peace to share where their donations go, and how we can all help their efforts:
“In December 2016 we sent a large shipment of yarn – most of it donated by LoveKnitting – to refugee camps in Kurdistan. This was to add to an existing sewing project there and to give women an opportunity not just to knit stuff for themselves and their families (we have been sending regular consignments of donated knitted and crocheted garments to these camps since 2015) but also to give them the potential to earn a little for themselves by selling items to other people in the camps and surrounding area.”
“For four years now we have been supporting the knitting group at a women’s prison in the north of England. We send them consignments of wool, needles and other bits of knitting equipment and they send us back beautiful knitted items for us to distribute to people in need. We know from talking to the volunteer who runs the group that being part of the group has a really beneficial impact on the women – for example many of those who had issues with self-harm stopped harming completely after being part of the group. They only have a one-hour session first thing in the morning where they can hand in their knitting and/or get more wool and also learn from more experienced knitters. They can then take their knitting back to their cells, it provides them with a useful activity for the long hours they are locked up. It gives the women an opportunity to make a positive contribution to society. I visited the prison in August 2016 and the picture below shows a selection of the items they donated that day.”
The elderly and disadvantaged
“We send out donations of wool to many different charities and organisations who run knitting groups for old people and for people living in disadvantaged circumstances who would benefit from knitting as an activity. In most cases we then receive back from these groups items that can then be distributed to others in equally difficult circumstances – a wonderful self-help circle!
How can we help?
In the seven weeks leading up to Christmas we sent out 190 sacks of knitted and crocheted items. These go to a wide variety of other organisations for distribution. In this time period these included 8 NHS hospitals, 6 homeless charities/centres, 6 women’s refuges and women refugee centres, 10 poverty relief charities, plus Age UK and a number of other charities supporting refugees and vulnerable people. A wide range of people benefit from the knitting and crochet you donate and we can find homes for almost everything you might want to send us. We still only have a limited number of outlets for ‘fish & chip’ jumpers and premature baby clothes – however the same jumper with sleeves and baby clothes in slightly bigger sizes can always find a home. In addition to this we sent 130 postal sacks of knitted and crocheted items to refugee camps in Kurdistan and Greece.”
If you’d like to know more about how you can help, please visit the Knit for Peace website to find out more details about donating and volunteering. We look forward to continued collaboration with the organisation, and we hope to bring you some in-depth stories soon!
Last updated: January 17th, 2017.