Button designed by Justine Hamill
From NZ with Love is a follow on project from the Fukudamachi Kindergarten Project (FKP). It focuses on sending small tokens or aroha (love and support) to families in Japan who lost everything in the March Earthquake/Tsunami. Items will be sent in early November just before the bitter cold winter hits in.

Its sister project 'Christmas for Christchurch' (forth coming) sends aroha to families affected by that event.

Both projects follow the 'handmade' theme, connecting heart, intent and creation for both maker and receiver.

Even if you are not a crafter, there are different ways to help...

What you can do
If you are able to help in any way, please contact me on:

Create: small, flat-ish goodies for family members (mother, father, grandparents, children - I hope to be able to post a list in the next month) such as.:
  • scarves
  • beanies/hats
  • socks
  • aprons
  • dish cloths
  • finger puppets or small pocket toys
  • tote bags
  • christmas decorations
Items will need to be ready for sending by Novemebr 10th 2011.
Donate: (before September 1st 2011 to give time for creating)
  • fabric off cuts
  • wool
  • embellishments (lace/beads etc)
  • to help cover costs of postage

  • to create one or two items
  • to help find ways of delivering items cost-effectively
  • provide support on the project (source fabric/wool; run craft workshops, SPREAD THE WORD, grab the button), print out the flyer, post the info...
Miss M’s Bliss

My thinking...
As the world carries on with its daily life, disasters such as the Japanese Earthquake/tsunami and the Christchurch Earthquake become forgotten. Many months on from the event, people may have picked up and moved on with their lives, but for people who have lost everything, collecting simple and special items for different seasons and festivities will be ongoing. Winter will hit those in the North of Japan who have no winter items. Christmas may have new meanings as people re-establish their traditions and collections of decorations. Your help is greatly appreciated.

In case you need inspiration or a reminder as to what Northern Japan has and is facing, check them out three months on.


Rebma said...

Hi, Miko. I loved participating in the Fukudamachi Project and I would love to make a few things for this as well. :)

Miko said...

That would be so amazing - I'm hoping to be able to give you an address to send thing directly too (cheaper for international people so generously giving) - it's still a long way out, so stay tuned!

Anonymous said...

This is so lovely. I will definitely do something for this or the Chch one. I love these initiatives. Awesome!

Miko said...

Thank you so much! Let me know when you're ready and I'll share the address. Share the word and spread the love :-)