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The world is in flight. 25 million people across the globe have been forced to flee their homelands as a consequence of genocide, war, poverty, drought, targeted violence, and other grave threats.

How does making 25 million stitches help refugees? The organisers believe that stitching for this project is a way for people to engage with this global crisis; even though no single stitch can fully represent an individual, the act of stitching and the resulting work will help bring attention to the scale of this crisis.

The two objectives of the project are:

  • To engage as many people as possible to raise awareness of the global refugee crisis.
  • To amass 25 million stitches to visually represent the sheer volume of this astronomical figure of refugees.

This is a community art installation. The organisers are asking volunteers to hand stitch on fabric panels. They now have over 1,300 participants.
The aim of the project is to raise awareness and create opportunities for conversations about the dire challenges refugees face. There are no bad, ugly, or uneven stitches in this project. Uneven stitches and even personal designs make the panels more unique and beautiful. Any amount of stitching helps.

To minimize administrative time and cost the organisers ask that you buy your own unbleached muslin. Panels should be 15” in width and 30-65 inches in length. They are encouraging you to use recycled linens in similar dimensions as well.

The final deadline is Apr 30, 2020. Please send your finished panel to: 25 Million Stitches, P.O. Box #22246, 5930 S Land Park Dr. Sacramento, CA, 95822, USA

Thinking of taking part? For more information please go direct to the organisers via

Project RISE Rwanda - Training and investment for deaf young people in Rwanda

Rise embroidery projectRISE project aims to implement an integrated post graduate training and investment programme for deaf young people in rural Rwanda.

Young people learn to make products for the tourist market and profits combined with donations are invested in business start up for students once they graduate. By enabling young people to start a business, we hope to not only stop the generational cycle of poverty but also change negative community perceptions of disability.

Rise EmbroideryWe teach young people embroidery with wool to make wall hangings and clothes accessories. Embroidering with wool is a traditional pastime in rural Rwanda that has become lost to the current generation. Learning embroidery not only helps deaf young people create a brighter future for themselves but also keeps this beautiful tradition alive.

RISE beautiful fabric in the makingFind out more: (not yet mobile compatible)
Instagram: project.rise.rwa

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