Special Events

Oct 11
2016

Celebrating Girls with New Initiatives!!

Nepalese GirlOctober 11th is International Day of the Girl established by the United Nations in 2012. There are 1.1 billion girls in the world today. They are smart, creative and talented but limited in opportunities because of gender inequality, lack of education and violence. I witness this potential when I spend time with the rescued girls in the safe houses in Nepal.  They have been denied education, suffered abuse and violence in their homes and deceived by traffickers. They come to the safe house wounded and broken, but they find the love from the other girls and staff that they have possibly never known before.  They work hard to recover from the trauma they’ve experienced and build a live filled with hope.

 

If you are a friend and supporter of Eternal Threads, you have been part of that amazing process. Giving young women training to have a business is the most valuable gift we can give them. I’ll be traveling to Nepal next month to work on a new training center for the girls. We are excited about that and I’ll definitely keep you posted.

Tailoring business

I started giving sewing machines to girls in India several years before Eternal Threads began. I realized then how valuable a tool it is for women in the developing world.  Since its founding our mission has always been to give women and girls the opportunities that will help them achieve more than they might have dreamed. We need your partnership to be able to do this.

This fall we launched TWO GREAT NEW INITIATIVES that we hope will help us continue to help our artisans around the world and accomplish even more for them as well as be a benefit to your mission or business.

If you have a shop or you know someone who does, please recommend our WHOLESALE program to them.  If you can help us sell  more products, we can give our artisans more sustainable income year round.

Many of you have been Gathering Hostesses for us in the past and sold the artisans goods at church events, schools and homes.  We couldn’t have accomplished all that we’ve done in the past few years without you!!!  We have now redesigned this program into our new HOST A SALE.  We hope this program which allows you to make a profit for a cause you care about will bless your organization or church at the same time you are helping our artisans in such a meaningful way.

Please join us in continuing our mission of empowerment.

Blessings,

Linda

 

May 6
2015

Birthday wishes for Eternal Threads

I usually don’t celebrate birthdays, but maybe the milestones are different. I’m not sure why they should be, but certain milestones give us a way to celebrate life!

Even more rare than celebrating a birthday is having someone ask me what I want for my birthday, so when the Eternal Threads Board asked me what I wanted for my 65th birthday, I had to think about it. I didn’t have to think very long, however.

On May 18th we are celebrating my birthday and more importantly the 15th anniversary of Eternal Threads. When you talk about celebrating life, the last 15 years of the mission of Eternal Threads puts that in capital letters for me. LIFE AND HOPE to hundreds of women and their families. That’s something WE can all celebrate.

We have given over $1,000,000 of income to the women we serve just since 2005!!!! What more can we do?

Here’s what I wish for:

  • $3500 to help Rafiatu, in Ghana expand her business so she can employ more women and girls.   A production unit to make their own recycled beads and sandals and 6 sewing machines to train young women to sew.
  • Help Rosemary expand her market in Uganda with rent for a local shop so she can have the funds to educate her four younger siblings.
  • $8000 for 80 rescued girls in Nepal to have sewing machines enabling them to start businesses when they return to their home villages
  • $10,000 to support another anti-trafficking border unit in Nepal that can rescue 200 girls in a year…$50 a life!
  • Support for our Afghan partner and his family. They have received visas to go to India from Afghanistan where they felt increasingly at risk; as well as continuing our project in Afghanistan that his mother-in-law will oversee.
  • Expand our market in order to support our artisans with consistent orders and sustainable income. Contributions to Eternal Threads allow us to improve our products, website and marketing strategies.

The board has set the goal of 1000 donors to give $65 each for this celebration. (Write “Celebration” in the Program:Other window). Those funds could enable us to do all of this and much, much more. A great celebration indeed!!!

This celebration is for everyone who has supported Eternal Threads with donations, purchasing products, volunteering or hosting a sale. CELEBRATE LIFE AND HOPE in your own life and that of so many women you have served.

GRATEFULLY,

Linda

Oct 10
2013

International Day of the Girl

Saturday, October 11th is the International Day of the Girl.  The purpose of the day is to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world.  This year’s Day will focus on “Innovating for Girls’ Education”.

The official UN website states:  “The fulfilment of girls’ right to education is first and foremost an obligation and moral imperative. There is also overwhelming evidence that girls’ education, especially at the secondary level, is a powerful transformative force for societies and girls themselves. While there has been significant progress in improving girls’ access to education over the last two decades, many girls, particularly the most marginalized, continue to be deprived of this basic right. Girls in many countries are still unable to attend school and complete their education due to safety-related, financial, institutional and cultural barriers.”

The Eternal Threads vision began helping women have income to provide for more nutritious food, access to healthcare and education for their children.  In my experience working with women living in extreme poverty, one of their highest priorities is having income to educate their children…especially their daughters.  Most of them never had the opportunity to go to school and they know it is vital to their children’s future.

When our first project in south India was providing enough profit for us to return those benefits to the communities in which we were working, we knew the most important thing we could do would be to provide education for girls.  The photo below is of the first group of girls that were given school scholarships.Image

Since that time girl’s education and welfare has been a central part of the Eternal Threads mission whether it is directly through scholarships, building a school in Afghanistan, or through the livelihood incomes provided to their mothers which enables them to provide education and safety for their daughters.

Rosemary, our partner in Uganda, uses most of her income from the sale of her baskets to pay the school fees and buy school uniforms for her four younger siblings.  She is putting off her own education until she can give them the start in life they need.  If we can’t sell enough of her baskets to cover the fees, Eternal Threads provides a portion of those school fees.

Here are just some of the girls whose lives have been touched by Eternal Threads.  Join us in celebrating these girls.Image 9 - Version 2Image 45IMG_1437_1IMG_9666IMG_9648

Apr 11
2013

Eternal Threads’ Founder receives Humanitarian Award

A personal note from Linda:

All of us at Eternal Threads are so thrilled by this recognition for the work that we do.  Jennifer Patterson and I attended the event in Las Vegas which was truly amazing.  It is wonderful to have the honor, but more than that we are so pleased that this is a long term relationship with MedAssets and the Borlaug family.   They couldn’t have been nicer and are sincerely interested in our work and want to support us in any way they can.  We feel that we are part of the MedAssets family now.

I have to especially thank my nephew, Larry Egle, and Carol Copeland from Omaha who nominated me for this award.  They’ve done an amazing thing for us.  Thank you to everyone for your good wishes to me for this award.  We couldn’t fulfill our mission and help the women we serve without your help and partnership!

MedAssets Recognizes Veteran U.S. Army Airborne Ranger Sean Parnell, Humanitarians Linda Egle, Jamie and Ali McMutrie for Dedicated Public Service

 ATLANTA—April 9, 2013—MedAssets (NASDAQ: MDAS) today announced the recipients of the 2012 George Herbert Walker Bush Pacesetter Award and 2012 Norman Borlaug Humanitarian Award, which were presented during the 2013 MedAssets Healthcare Business Summit, held April 2-4 in Las Vegas.

2012 Norman Borlaug Humanitarian Award Winners Linda Egle, Jamie and Ali McMutrie

“Linda, Jamie and Ali each represent the spirit of the Norman Borlaug Humanitarian Award, and we celebrate the impact that their life’s work is making for women, children and families in need,” said Bardis. “Linda is empowering women around the world with an income source to avoid exploitation. Ali and Jamie are enriching the lives of children and families in Haiti with essential social services for survival and self-sustainability,” he said. “These amazing women are making the world a better place, one person at a time.”

Linda Egle, founder of Eternal Threads

In 2000, Linda Egle of Texas founded Eternal Threads, a non-profit artisan import organization that directly provides a fair trade wage to women artisans in developing countries. Linda’s life’s work began in 1988 during a mission trip to India to help educate children. Moved by the plight of Indian women and children at risk of extreme poverty and exploitation, she started Eternal Threads. Initially, she purchased lace and totes from women artisans in India. Today, Eternal Threads purchases handmade crafts from women in 12 developing countries. After paying an upfront fair trade wage, she sells the artisan crafts in the U.S. through a market that is lacking in the women’s own countries. Eternal Threads has returned 100 percent of its profits to hundreds of women around the world. In addition, Eternal Threads supports safe houses for girls rescued from human trafficking and funds anti-trafficking border units in Nepal, where more than 12,000 girls are trafficked each year. Working with local partners, Eternal Threads helps rescue, house, counsel and educate girls so that they can live a better life. Support Eternal Threads at www.eternalthreads.org.

 ImageHere is the link to the video played at the event:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3H4elfHJcgk&list=PLBLTs35ocBTldnQFOJzQC7vvv9l32W1Xz&index=3

Oct 5
2012

Threads of Hope for Afghan Women

Eternal Threads is hosting an event on Thursday, October 18th to raise money for women’s tailoring courses in Afghanistan.  This will be a unique come and go event filled with food and music from the region as well as handcrafted items made in Afghanistan that will be available for purchase.

There will be wool carpets made by the women in our carpet weaving project in a remote village, vintage galim carpets that are famous from the area of Herat where Eternal Threads projects are located, hand-embroidered pillows, hand-loomed silk scarves, hand-blown glass and handmade jewelry from a women’s project in Herat.  A special showcase of this event will be new and vintage hand embroidered Suzani wall coverings and bedcovers.  These are unique pieces (like those seen at Pottery Barn) brought back from Afghanistan by Eternal Threads founder.  All proceeds from the sale of these unique items will be used to fund women’s projects.

The tailoring courses are a lifeline for women in Afghanistan, allowing them to learn a trade that can help support themselves and their families. Each six-month course will provide 10 women with a beautiful, hand-crank sewing machine (which only costs $55 in US dollars!), her training and sewing supplies, and then a micro loan so she can start a home business.  It’s amazing how much just a little of our resources can change another woman’s life!  Most of us are aware of how bad the living conditions are in Afghanistan, especially for women.  These courses are truly a life-changing event for them.

The event will be downtown Abilene at 181 Pine St. from 7 to 9 p.m.  Eternal Threads founder, Linda Egle and Colonel Kristina O’Brien, Dyess Air Force Base will be speaking at 8 p.m.  Tickets are only $15 each.  Proceeds from just the sale of one ticket will provide sewing supplies for three months for one woman.

If you live in Abilene, call 325.672.6000 to purchase tickets or stop by the office at 101 Walnut St.  Tickets will be on sale at our next Open House on October 13th

Feb 7
2012

Gifts of Light and Love!

Afghan blown glass

A special gift of light for women in Afghanistan!

After a month hiatus from the holidays, February always brings to mind the gifts that we might like to give those we love…our sweethearts, wives, husbands and girlfriends.  Even in countries where marriages are arranged and the celebration of Valentine’s Day is frowned upon there is still the fascination and desire to do something that expresses our “love”.  The heart is the universal symbol for that expression displayed on cards, chocolate boxes, balloons and a hundred other ways. It’s an appropriate symbol because it is our heart that prompts us to love those we know and those we do not know.

I’ll never forget getting the email from our partner in Afghanistan on a Sunday morning asking if I would pay to send a woman “barber” to the village once a month so that she could cut the women’s hair…something that they had never had done for them before.  My response was “absolutely”!!  What a gift to them.  He told me in that email that the women artisans we work with do not know what a “gift” is…they have no understanding of the concept.  They have never been given a gift of any kind by their husbands, brothers or sons.  It is completely foreign to them.  One of the women later told him that when the woman barber comes to the village “it is one of her good days in her life.”  Wow, I just had my hair cut Friday afternoon and it was more of an annoying errand I had to do!!

We’ve been thinking at Eternal Threads how we can bless these women with the gifts that we give for Valentine’s Day.  

I’ll be going to Afghanistan again in March and I’ve made the decision that I will go to the village to visit the women.  I’ll probably try and think of something I can take to them as a small token gift, but everything seems trivial compared to their needs.  

What they need is light in the darkness. The women need hope that they can survive in a world where they cannot work outside the home.  They can have that hope through skills that we can give them.  This month we hope to start two tailoring projects in and around the city of Herat where we work.  The hand crank sewing machines have been donated, but we need to provide the trainers and supplies for these six month training programs.

How special would your Valentine gift be if it helped to give these women the gift of hope they really need? The beautiful handblown dishes you see in the photo above are famous from the city of Herat. We are offering them as a special purchase for $10…ALL proceeds will go to the tailoring projects. Each dish will come in it’s own gift box with tea lights and a special message to the person receiving this as a gift.

You can purchase online or call the Eternal Threads office…888-487-4549. Supplies are limited!

Apr 28
2011

Are you In the RED?

The Red Thread Movement and a group of students at Abilene Christian University have chosen to combine their passion for fashion with their passion to help women and girls most at risk of being enslaved through sex trafficking. Their goal is to raise awareness and help end modern day slavery.

Deeply moved by the impact Eternal Threads is having on women’s lives, these students will use their annual fashion show to benefit the work of The Red Thread Movement, a student initiative in partnership with Eternal Threads.

The “In The RED” fashion show will be held on April 30 in the Windsor Hotel Ballroom at 401 Pine Street in downtown Abilene. The models will feature clothing from Dillard’s at the Mall of Abilene and handmade accessories from Eternal Threads. The show will be raising awareness while exhibiting trendy fashion ideas for guests.

The doors will open at 7:30 p.m. to allow plenty of time for you to check out the booths that local sponsors, student organizations and Eternal Threads will have set up before the start of the show at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $10 and a Red Thread bracelet will be included in the price of admission. You can reserve your tickets through the fashion show’s website, areyouinthered@yahoo.com, purchase them at ACU’s McGlothlin Campus Center from 11 – 1 p.m., April 25-29, or pick them up at the door. We look forward to seeing you there.

Are you in the RED?