There are an estimated 1.4 million orphans in South Africa, many of them as a result of losing their parents to the twin perils of HIV/AIDS and poverty. The number is growing - over 500 children a day become orphans. This is a terrible and mostly unrecognised human tragedy.
KasCares’s Knit-a-square program has been set up to ask the knitters and crocheters of the world to send 8” (20cm) squares to South Africa where they are made up into blankets for these children. The children live in terrible poverty. They need love, shelter, food, education and warmth. Many charities are working hard to provide the first four. The knitters and crocheters of the world can provide the last.
Mail squares to:
Soweto Comfort Club
Private Bag X900
INTERNATIONAL POSTAGE -CHEAPEST RATES - This link includes information/suggestions for mailing your squares from Canada, the UK, Australia and the U.S.
PLEASE INCLUDE THIS MESSAGE ON ALL PACKAGES : BONA FIDE GIFT FOR CHARITY - NO COMMERCIAL VALUE. The label needs to be added to the front of the parcel. Please write a value of ‘0’ or ‘1’ at the most on the customs ticket.
Note: KAS has to pay a small mandatory handling fee on any box, so if your squares will fit, please send them in a package (envelope) rather than a box.
Please do not send parcels over 20Kg (44 lbs ) from Australia, Canada or the United States or parcels over 30 Kg (66 lbs) from the UK.
Here is a link to the Revised packing slip which you can print off and fill in, if you wish, to indicate what is included in the package. This will help those unpacking the parcel to keep a record of items received for the squares list. The address is also printed at the bottom of the page to cut off and stick on the parcel.