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The Every Mother Counts Challenge
posted by Kristina Laurendi Havens on Saturday Oct 15, 2011
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This fundraiser's theme is Mom and is sponsored by artist Kristina Laurendi Havens. We often take for granted our access to decent, life-saving medical care during pregnancy and delivery, but many mothers around the world are not so lucky

The need: Every 90 seconds, a women dies from childbirth. Fully 90% of those deaths are preventable. The Aid organization Every Mother Counts is training midwives in Afghanistan, opening health clinics in the Democratic Republic of Congo and shipping unused medical supplies to South Sudan. These are tangible, practical projects designed to combat maternal mortality and injuries worldwide.

Who's who in this fundraiser:
  • Kristina Laurendi Havens - a DPW artist
  • Heather Armstrong (aka Dooce) - one of the most popular bloggers in the world
  • Every Mother Counts - a non-profit dedicated to improving maternal health and co-founded by Christy Turlington, director of the award-winning documentary, No Woman, No Cry
  • The Greater Daily Paintworks community of members, buyers, and visitors - this means you!

The backstory: Kristina painted a portrait of Heather’s daughter and shared it with her. She then became interested in Every Mother Counts after Heather documented her trip to Bangladesh with the organization on her blog. Kristina asked if she could paint some of Heather’s photographs and use the proceeds from their sale for Team Every Mother Count's NYC marathon fundraiser in November and Heather happily aggreed.

How you can participate, donate, and help: On Nov. 6th, Heather Armstrong, Christy Turlington and seven other team members will run the ING NYC marathon to raise money for Every Mother Counts projects.
Post your painting for sale and donate the proceeds to Heather's team by Thursday, Nov 3rd - or donate directly to Every Mother Counts after Nov 3rd.

The theme is Mom and your painting can be... "objects or people - her favorite necklace, favorite food, perhaps even more whimsical like a big pot and little pot, a mother and child, etc."

As with all our Challenge Fundraisers, 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale of the paintings is to be donated directly by the artist, minus shipping and handling and material costs.

When you submit your painting to the challenge, it will be sold through a 7 day long DPW auction, which will be relisted indefinately until sold unless you choose to hide the painting. There are no fees or auction commissions charged for participation in this challenge
In Kristina's words from her blog: "...I spent many restless nights running her photos thru my head, dreaming of ways to translate her photos into paintings. ...It made me realize and appreciate how lucky I was before, during, and after my two pregnancies.

Every Mother Counts. I want to count. Women around the world want to count. Their Children want to count. Their husbands want them to count. This auction could be small, it could be huge - who knows? EVERY LITTLE BIT COUNTS, when it comes from the sense that You are part of Something Bigger."

In Heather’s words from her blog: "...This is the crux of how I think massive change can happen: not all of us can get on a plane to Africa to train a midwife or build a well. Those who can just need the resources. Here is an artist wanting to make some bit of difference, and she can do so by doing what she does best. ...The portraits (five in all) are stunning... I am so honored to be even marginally associated with this."

From Every Mother Counts:
 

Amount Raised - $5,403


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Most DPW Challenges are about sharing, learning, and fun.

This Challenge has a higher purpose - it is an auction-based fundraiser to help people in need.

Please follow the directions for this fundraiser in the challenge's description.

Anyone can participate by submitting an entry. Any original, 2-D, natural media art created by you is welcome.

By participating, you agree to donate 100% of the proceeds from the sale of your submission(s) as described in the fundraiser's description. Please be sure to indicate how you will donate the proceeds of the sale in your painting's description when you submit your entry.

While DPW manages the fundraiser and the auctions, the actual purchase is directly between you (the artist) and the buyer. At the end of the auction, a PayPal button will be available in an email to the winning bidder and on the auction page. This is only meant to be a convenience - you and the buyer are free to handle the payment in any way you both wish. There will be no fees charged by DPW, however PayPal will charge the artist their normal fee if you used for the purchase.

If your auction ends with a winning bidder, please send them a quick and friendly email to thank and congratulate them. Do not, however, send the painting without first confirming their payment. It is also a good idea to let them know how you will donate the proceeds and once done, to email them a receipt, if there is one.

Please note that any tax benefit from the donation is yours and not the buyer's, since you are the one actually making a donation of your work.

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Each participating artist has agreed to donate 100% of the proceeds of the sale, minus the shipping costs, as described in the fundraiser's description. Deatails on how each donation will be allocated can be found in each painting's description on the painting's auction page. If it is not, please feel free to contact the artist by clicking the Contact the Artist link on the painting's auction page.

While DPW manages the fundraiser and the auctions, the actual purchase is directly between you and the artist. At the end of the auction, a PayPal button will be made available by email and on the auction page itself. This is only meant to be a convenience - you and the artist are free to handle the payment in any way you both wish.

DPW will charge no fees in this fundraiser, however PayPal will charge the artist their normal fee if used for the purchase.

Thank you for your kind patronage and generosity.

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