Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Another Giveaway - We're halfway there!

In 2 weeks we managed to raise over $5000  for our build an orphanage fund. (The new total is $9256.50)

You guys, that's really amazing. I'm still catching up and finding people all over the internet who blogged or tweeted about it and didn't even tell us. Thank-you all so much.

What's even more amazing is that thanks to Grace Hwang Lynch and Rita Arens, two editors at blogher, we are getting even more people paying attention to our orphanage need.

This calls for another giveaway!

Feel free to email us to offer prizes for this.

Our absolute deadline is for the end of September. So we'll end this giveaway midnight September 30.

Here's what I have so far.

1. A Karen bag. Hand woven in the traditional way on a loom of bamboo sticks by women in a Karen village in northern Thailand, these bags are stunning, one of a kind works of art. Selling these bags is one of the ways The Charis Project helps provide the women in the villages with an income and funds our projects in that area.

We will give away one of the bags in our shop, winner's choice.

2. Something cool from Thailand that Aaron will bring back for you. This is nothing to be sneezed at, the winner of this prize can get some pretty cool stuff. Last year's winner requested something interesting and cool to hang on her wall. We delivered.

Also check out this post she wrote about the recent contest.

The winner will get to choose from textiles, home goods or furnishings, or again, something cool with a great story behind it.

3. A gift card set from Drops of Love.

This was started by my friend Shelley. She works a lot with single moms and families in difficult financial situations and she thought, I bet they would like to be able to do something to help too. So she got a bunch of supplies donated and meets with these woman to hand make these gorgeous cards which they sell. The proceeds are donated to 4 different charities, including our own.

4. AnnMarie  suggested we have a a little giveaway for kids who want to donate, which is brilliant. Also, how cool that her kids want to give their own money to help. So we talked about it and decided that we will have a prize just for kids who participate. It will be something cool from Thailand, the kids version. Maybe it will be a Burmese style hat made out of banana leaves, or Lahu mini dolls made from scraps of hand woven fabric. There are lots of interesting things to bring back for a prize. If you win, we'll look for something especially for you.


Our son is learning to play a Spanish Folk dance on the piano. Which prompted a youtube search for Spanish dancing, which prompted me to say on twitter that I wanted to watch Strictly Ballroom again for the Spanish dance scenes. The number of people that responded to tell me how much they love this movie was amazing. So we decided that it would be a great giveaway item. Just plain fun to win.

Finally, the iPod nano donated by Blue Fern Cottage is still available to win as the person who won it the first time asked us to find a way to use it to help. So you can still win an iPod everyone. How cool is that? (To enter to win you must make a donation.

To win a prize help us raise enough to fund our orphanage, donate, tweet #thecharisproject and do your thing on facebook. Welcome to all you new faces. We're so glad you're here.

To find out that we're legit check our Guidestar Profile, or, come with us to Thailand. If you don't like paypal you can donate through our causes page.


  1. I don't have anything, but I have an idea--could you do a little giveaway for kids? I told Nutmeg about the project to buy the land for a farm and house and she is sooooo excited to donate her money (even without the idea of a giveaway) towards it. She's particularly excited about the farm and raising their own food to eat and sell.

  2. What a great idea AnnMarie. I've updated with a kids giveaway.