Monthly Archives: March 2008

Campaign to help Nigerian children accused of witchcraft

In the streets of Nigeria, Angola, and the Republic of Congo, helpless children are accused of witchcraft by their families and neighbors. These boys and girls are then beaten and tortured, only to be abandoned, if not killed. Once stigmatized by the label of witch or wizard, these children are even more vulnerable to child traffickers.

Becoming: a sacred gathering and the Chesapeake Pagan Community are working together on a six-month campaign to raise funds and knit toys of love, healing, and protection for these children. Funds will be donated to Stepping Stones Nigeria, a UK-based organization that sponsors a shelter and school run by Nigerian organization Child Rights and Rehabilitation Network (CRARN). The toys will be sent directly to the children.

We need your help to make a difference in these children’s lives.

If you are a knitter or crocheter in the NoVa, DC, Suburban MD, or Baltimore area, you can help by knitting bears and gathering pledged donations. Our initial kick-off meeting for this campaign is March 30, 2008, 1:30pm, in Beltsville, Maryland. If you cannot attend this meeting, you can still participate in the campaign.

If you are not a knitter, you can donate directly to this campaign via PayPal or check, and volunteer at some of our outreach events.

You can register as a knitter or donate to the campaign at

For more information about this campaign or to keep up with our progress, check out the web site or contact Angela Roberts Reeder at

To donate to my campaign:

More information about this issue:
Children are the targets of Nigerian witch-hunt

Video: Child “witches” in Africa

Photographs: The child “witches” of the Niger Delta

Please spread the word. Together the pagan community can make a huge difference in these children’s lives.