Yes, IBOL is back! Hubby is still here in Hawaii for the time being, but a lady named Nahed, who is part of the Provincial Reconstruction Team in the same area IBOL Guy was assigned to a year ago, is taking the reins for IBOL II.
IBOL II, like the original IBOL project last year, is intended to be a short-duration project. And like last time, it’s intended to surge fabric and sewing (and knitting!) materials into Salah ad Din, in northern Iraq (where I was last year, too). The general premise is the same. Willing contributors can send a flat-rate box of sewing / quilting / knitting supplies, all bundled up. Once it’s there, someone will open the box, pull out the fully-contained bundle, and hand it off (with others) for distribution in the SaD area. The stated intent of this operation is to put sewing and quilting and knitting supplies into the hands of two types of recipients: locals who desperately need such things, and local sewing co-ops and other small businesses who have received grants or loans (typically to purchase sewing machines, rent space, etc)
Here’s the most important thing: Packages for IBOL 2.1 (because I hope there will be a 2.2 and a 2.3!) need to be in the mail not later than 01 October (that’s a Friday). Do you think you can do that? In the mail, not later than 01 October. That’s just over a month from now.
So, head on over to the official IBOL II web site and get all the pertinent details, then get to de-stashing! I’ll show my box as soon as I get it all packed up — right now it’s just a pile on the floor. 😉