Once upon a time, my husband went out of town and my mom came and spent the week with me as she often does because I'm wimpy and I like the company.
There was an impoverished Ugandan village and there were starving women and their families, without homes, medical care or education. Women fighting to survive. Their villages pillaged, they are raped and murdered, HIV and AIDS and disease run rampant through their villages. The women are forced to work 12 hours a day in the hot sun breaking rocks for less than a dollar a day, just so they could afford a tiny bit of grain for their families. Their little babies, starving.
But these women also had a hidden talent; one that someone here in the states discovered. They make beautiful beads. Beads out of recycled paper that make beautiful jewelry. And she took these beads back to the states and sold them and people here loved them. Because they're beautiful and handcrafted and made out of recycled paper! But they look, feel and sound exactly like real beads!
So when the returns came back on the beads, these wonderful women were able to actually buy a home on a piece of land they could call their own, not to mention afford food and medicine and schooling for their children. They are now able to get out of the slums and into communities where starvation, disease, rape and murder are no longer a part of their daily lives!
Isn't that amazing??????
I can't think of a better way to help fight extreme poverty half a world away. It has been one of the most wonderful, bonding experiences I have ever had with the women in my life. All of us coming together to help our sisters on the other side of the world. Helping other mothers provide for their children. It is a win-win situation for everyone.
Because this has been such a wonderful experience for me, I wanted to let all of you in on it too. That's why I'm giving away this beautiful purple necklace to one lucky commenter! It's a long necklace and you can double it up (like I do with my lovely pink one) to make a double!
I am truly blessed to have been a part of such a wonderful experience. Before the party, I watched the dvd with my three-year-old and although he doesn't really understand the whole thing (all he understands is that they have no toys "No TOYS??") he sees that somehow we are helping other people, even if we don't know them.