Wednesday, April 9, 2008

some place you REALLY want to support:


BeadforLife eradicates extreme poverty by creating bridges of understanding between impoverished Africans and concerned world citizens. Ugandan women turn colorful recycled paper into beautiful beads, and people who care open their hearts, homes and communities to buy and sell the beads.
The beads thus become income, food, medicine, school fees -- and hope. It is a small miracle that enriches us all.
All profits from BeadforLife are invested in
community development projects that generate income and help people work their way out of poverty.

......Bead for Life Mission Statement:
"BeadforLife creates sustainable opportunities for women to lift their families out of extreme poverty by connecting people worldwide in a circle of exchange that enriches everyone."
BeadforLife is guided by the following principles:
1. Creating jobs through local partnerships is a more sustainable approach to poverty eradication than providing aid. Rather than become dependent on handouts from abroad, the beaders build their skills and long-term capacities through meaningful creative work.
2. Concerned citizens in resource abundant countries care about the issues of extreme poverty and are willing to get involved.
3. Paying our beaders fair trade prices allows them to meet their daily economic needs. Investing 100% of our net profits in community development projects for impoverished Ugandans allows for a long-term sustainable future.
4. Partnerships formed between North Americans and Ugandan beaders enrich all of us. .........

........Meet the Beaders and the Tailors We are happy to introduce the beaders and tailors to you. Their stories, while full of loss and difficulty, show determination, beauty, and indomitable spirit. They are resilient and hardworking without self-pity. They enthusiastically roll beads and make jewelry bags with the hope of sending their children to school, feeding their families three meals a day or buying medicines.
The three sorrows of Uganda are poverty, illness, and war. All three impact our beaders. Beaders are invited to join BeadforLife if they are living on less than two dollars a day. Most of the beaders are mothers, taking care of their own children as well as AIDS orphans. Many have been widowed by the war and HIV/AIDS.................

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