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Stone Soup and Women Build


Stone Soup 2005 Jan Eliot / Dist. by Universal Press Synd. / All rights reserved

Stone Soup creator Jan Eliot raises awareness of opportunities for women and girls to address poverty housing through Women Build and Girls Build. Since 2004, Jan has featured Habitat’s Women Build in her cartoon strip and volunteered on Women Build projects.

Women Build in living color
In 2004, Stone Soup readers followed Holly and Alix as they visited Aunt Margie in California for spring break. Holly expected to spend the week on the beach and was unhappy to find that Aunt Margie had made other plans for her. Holly and Alix volunteered on a Habitat for Humanity construction site helping a family build a much-needed new home. At the end of the week, Holly admitted that she was glad for the experience.

Later, readers followed Gramma as she went to Africa to build a Habitat home with a family in need of shelter.

Women Build volunteers have followed the cartoon strip and its characters with great enthusiasm and dedication. The laughter and smiles that have come from reading Stone Soup have added another dimension to the Women Build program.

Jan Eliot’s volunteer service
In 2005, Jan Eliot and a crew of 25 women volunteers came together at the Suffolk Habitat for Humanity in Middle Island, NY. That weekend, the crew began the first “Stone Soup” house and Jan announced her partnership with Habitat for Humanity.

At the wall-raising ceremony, Jan said, “This weekend I’ll follow in my comic strip characters’ footsteps and swing a hammer on a Women Build worksite. Along with other women volunteers, I’ll help a hard-working single mom of three build a home where she can safely raise her family.”

Jan Eliot and Girls Build
You can also see cartoons and illustrations by Jan in the Girls Build program kits.