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LBHS student seeks clothing donations to support Kausakusun women’s shelter in Cusco, Peru

Laguna Beach High School (LBHS) sophomore Katelyn Kolberg was touched by volunteering at the Kausakusun women’s shelter in Cusco, Peru last summer and has organized a fundraiser to support the women and children at the shelter.

The shelter helps women who have suffered domestic violence, offering them a refuge to escape the violence and a safe place to re-group and plan for a better life. Most of the women who seek shelter and form part of the program have children. 

Volunteers spend their time caring for the women and children, offering them companionship, skill learning, education, and attention. The women have made the first step by leaving the abusive situation, however, they now need support to make a better life for themselves. 

LBHS student Katelyn

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Katelyn Kolberg with children at Kausakusun women’s shelter

Katelyn is seeking gently used clothing that will be sold at a pop-up event in May to raise money to pay for a sewing teacher at the shelter. Any clothing that is not sold will be donated to Laura’s House, a women’s shelter in Orange County.

While volunteering at the shelter, Katelyn was able to get the director to agree to open an abandoned sewing room. Katelyn used her proficient Spanish and sewing skills to teach the women how to sew bags that could be sold for profit. The women at the shelter are fleeing abusive relationships and need the skills to become financially independent. 

“I was so touched by the Peruvian children and want to help their mothers continue to sew,” said Katelyn. “Through teaching them how to sew, they can support their families. Your used clothing donations will help change lives.”

Drop off your clothing at Sourced at 950 Glenneyre St. The deadline for drop off is April 5.

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