Corinne Fourcade has always been curious about the world beyond her borders. Although she grew up in France, she says, "I got the traveling bug quite young."
After spending a year in Sweden when she was 18, she went to an English university, where she embraced her love for travel and new places by studying translation. She later moved to Germany, where she still lives with her family, but she never lost her interest for other cultures.
Undoubtedly, this curiosity is one of the reasons for her commitment to Mother Bear Project.
When Corinne discovered Mother Bear Project while scrolling through Ravelry - a social network for knitters and crocheters - one thing stood out immediately: "All the pictures of the children with their bears!"
"There are many charities out there, but rarely do you get to actually see your contributions with their recipients," she said. "From that moment, I knew that I'd be making bears, there was no going back! I started in January 2012 and I'm in it for the long run. I have no plans on quitting any time soon; next step is joining the 100 bear club."
And Corinne is well on her way to 100 bears. She both knits and crochets bears, although she says she prefers to crochet: "I crochet bears faster than I knit them and can therefore make more."
As a mother of two young boys, like many mothers, Corinne often does not have the spare time to craft. Yet she makes every effort to knit and crochet, as she feels she has been lucky in her life, and it is her responsibility to bring comfort to the children who receive her bears.
"I am a mum and my life revolves around my sons, whom I love more than anything," Corinne said. "My heart breaks just thinking about what some children have to go through in their lives. If I cannot comfort them directly, at least my bears can help in a small way."
Of course, Corinne also loves to create bears because she has fun doing it. As she says, knitting and crocheting bears can be "addictive".
"The pattern is very simple, and after a few bears there is no need to follow the pattern any more, which makes it the perfect small project to take anywhere and start at any time," she said. "In addition, because of the simplicity of the pattern, it's a perfect creative outlet, allowing for all sorts of fun!"