(... that binds US ALL! Photo courtesy of AP/ BBC World Service; all pics enlarge)
Ancestors! If this child has transited... Yesterday, on 1010WINS, the news radio for information in NYC, I heard about the earthquake in Yushu County, in Quinghai Province, Western China. At that point, 400 had been killed and thousands more made homeless. Bad, bad, news. Today, it's much, much, worse.
OK, so what does this have to do with the fabulous yak fiber you bought to spin some fingerless gloves? If it's coming from Jade Tree Yarns, then your purchase has assisted the families inhabiting this tibetan plateau feed their families––the majority, are sheep and yak farmers. But, now that's gone. There is a huge rip in the fabric of their lives.
So, Lets Repair It. Now!
To get further news on the continuing aftershocks, and other rescue efforts––go to BBC World News. As of right now, however––here is a way you can help mend the intense fissure that has decimated the lives and livelihoods of our brothers and sisters.Linda Cortright, Editor of Wild Fibers Magazine, the only fiber mag to bring awareness of the importance of fiber, land and people to the economic global conversation, has listed a link where you can send donations for earthquake relief: The Jade Tree Project.
Who And Why?
These folks work with their sister non-profit, First Asia Development to improve the lives of poor communities in the Tibetan Plateau of China. They connect their artisan made products to the global market––such as the yarn you're knitting or crocheting right now. Your monies, have built a school and gave families yaks; a little luxe for you, but a major source of clothing and food for them.Love Saves The Day
I've sent off my donation, and a prayer to the ancestors who link these folks to me. I beseech everyone reading this blog post to do the same. We all needed help at one time to get back on our feet; please contribute to help the families of this province get back up on their earth!