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Welcome to the 2013 Thousand Cranes of Peace Project!


Be part of a unique community art project!

Asian legend states that when 1000 Origami cranes are folded, a wish can be granted. Origami cranes have become a symbol of peace through the story of WWII survivor Sadako Sasaki, a Japanese girl who folded a thousand paper cranes to be granted one wish—to live. Her story has inspired people all over the world to fold and display origami cranes as a symbol of peace.

We are bringing that spirit to Central Texas by creating the 1000 Cranes of Peace art installation to raise funds and awareness for programs that provide advocacy, counseling and resources to families seeking peace from domestic violence, sexual assault or trafficking.


Fashion Design for a Cause

Each year it seems we get more and more creative as we dream up was to display our 1000 Cranes of Peace Fundraiser art installation. Last year we featured 1500 volunteer-made origami cranes in spheres of white and purple, the color of domestic violence activism. The year before we created colorful curtains of suspended cranes. This year we teamed up with one of Austin's up-and-coming fashion designers to create our most ambitious idea yet: a gown made with origami cranes.

Our designer Anslee Connell jumped at the chance to work with such a unique medium for such a worthy cause. Ms. Connell specializes in vintage styles for the full-figured woman and is passionate about helping women of all types feel beautiful in their bodies. Read more about her debut to rave reviews in New York City and hear in her own words the story that drives her vision.

"A million thanks to the beautiful men and women at SAHELI for asking me to create what I believe is the most meaningful dress I've ever created -- and I could not have done it without volunteer help!" said Ms. Connell.


Unveiling Hope for Families

At its unveiling on July 25th, the dress of a thousand cranes was hailed as "stunning" and "absolutely inspiring." Both are apt descriptions. At its completion, the dress contained over 1110 cranes, requiring 70 volunteers to fold origami for 73 hours, followed by six hours of fashion design and 24 hours of hand-stitching to achieve the full effect.

At SAHELI, we know that social change takes time. The dress is a fitting symbol of the dedication of community members to aid survivors and end violence. Each crane means hope for families--but they cannot take flight without the help of community sponsors and people just like you. Please consider making a donation before August 31st to help us reach our goal.


See the Art Installation!

Photos of the dress and our unveiling reception are available on our Facebook. We also encourage you to see it in person for the full effect: the art installation will be on display at the Austin Children's Museum until the end of August.



Thanks to our sponsors!



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