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Project Amigo is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and families in rural Mexico through scholarship opportunities in education and help at home.
While they offer many ways that volunteers can help, one that I especially enjoy is through the afghan program. Volunteers (like me and you!) produce squares and send them to Colima, Mexico, where women (usually unemployed mothers of the students involved) are paid to put the squares together into full-size afghans. Sam Brown, the program creator details its origin here.
Experienced knitters and crocheters are welcome to follow the pattern included at this link, though any squares of similar shapes and patterns are accepted. That's where The Badge Fairy comes in! I'm now offering FREE workshops in crocheting for Girl Scout Troops in Eastern Missouri and Southern Illinois. This workshop is most appropriate for Cadettes and up. Junior troops may participate if they are small (10 or fewer), and can focus on a single (and sometimes difficult) task for the entire workshop. I combine your squares with those from other troops and send to the Brown family in Connecticut, who distributes full kits to the women in Colima.
Workshops are 1.5 hours and all supplies are provided. To register, click on "Workshops" in the menu above, scroll down to the "Register Here" link, choose the start time of your program, and follow the directions to complete registration. Travel fees apply for troops over 20 miles driving distance from my home in Florissant.
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