Earlier this year Concern Worldwide launched Stitch for Syria, a cross-stitch project to show support for a group of female Syrian refugees in Lebanon, who are using cross-stitch to earn a vital income and deal with the trauma of all they have been through.
Hundreds of people downloaded the cross stitch design which was based on a traditional Middle Eastern design and completed squares quickly started to arrive at Concern’s London office from every corner of the UK as well as Australia, the US, Japan, Greece, Sweden, and many other parts of the world. Many stitchers personalized the design adding beads, borders and extra touches.
Jane Caldwell, a grandmother and retired lecturer from Cullybackey in Northern Ireland, has joined the patterns together to make three wall hangings. The wall hangings feature more than 900 individual cross-stitch patterns from 20 countries.
For two months Jane spent four hours a day sewing the squares together, using more than one million stitches.
“I’m really pleased with how it has turned out,” she said. “It has been amazing to see how creative people have been and how varied each design is.”
“It is privilege to have been able to put it all together. I hope the completed wall hangings will remind the Syrian women that we support them in the difficulties they face.”
The completed wall hangings will soon be sent to Lebanon, where they will go on display in the centre where the refugee women meet.
Hunger affects everything for the world’s poorest people. Concern Worldwide are working for a world where no one dies for want of safe, nutritious food. Their approach focuses on practical, intelligent solutions that save lives and build livelihoods.
The places where they work are often at greater risk from disasters, both natural and man made. In an emergency, Concern acts quickly to save lives. Then they stay to work with communities, rebuilding lives and livelihoods to ensure people are better prepared for future crises. Concern Worldwide’s approach enables families to tackle hunger and work their own way out of poverty.
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