As we approach Thanksgiving Day, I wanted to do a recap of some of the folks in the jewelry biz that I'm most thankful for, because of their commitment to combining their work and their passion to make the world a better place. Here are just a few. We hope you'll share stories of others you know about and are thankful for! Here goes --
Deborah of Cold Feet Jewelry explains her work this way: "I am very fortunate to be able to do the things that I love without worrying about where my next meal will come from, or if I have clothes on my back. There are millions of us in the world unable to do this and so everything I make from selling my jewelry, etc., I send to charities, such as, Save the Children, Care, Oxfam, Heifer International, etc. (See her beautiful Coyamito Agate and Fine Silver necklace for charity here at the right.)
Serene Wright of TemplesTreasureTrove, (see her Etsy shop here) who sells tribal jewelry and elements; every purchase from her shop helps to feed and sustain widowed women and their children in countries such as Tibet/Nepal, India, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tunisia, Morocco, Ethiopia, Thailand, Maylasia, and more. She raises consciousness about the plight of women in far-off lands who face unimaginable circumstances, and introduces her buyers to beautiful cultures the world over.
Vernon of Panama, who with his wife started a school off the coast of Belize to help disadvantaged children, and who trains inmates in jewelry making.
My posts on Beads of Courage and Designs by Nanette feature an organization and artisan working to comfort children dealing with serious illness. The organization was started by Jean Baruch, an oncology nurse. When a child is sick with cancer or another life-threatening disease, they are given a string with beads on it that spell their name. Each time they have a shot, blood draw, surgery or any other treatment, they get a bead to represent that. The beads end up telling the child’s story, their journey through their disease to, hopefully, wellness.
Bead for Life, a non-profit founded by three American women to create opportunities for impoverished women in Uganda. Through supported sales of paper beads produced by the women, the organization facilitates entrepreneurship that provides the basic needs of food, clothing, shelter and medicine. Also see my previous post Bead for Life - a Human Rights Story.
People like Paul Wellhauser of Nharo! and the good folks of Happy Mango Beads, for their commitment to supporting the business of Fair Trade Beads. These and others like them harness their passion and dedication to help marginalized producers and workers move from positions of vulnerability to security and economic independence. You can learn more about this in my posts Fair Trade Beads and Happy Bead Shops.
And then there are all the good people who work to preserve our precious mother earth, through the making and selling of environmentally friendly jewelry. Check out my post on Eco-Friendly Jewelry for just a few examples of this important cause.
To close, I’ll mention that I’m currently working on a WordPress blog for my Etsy Team Christmas in July, about International Volunteer Day (December 5, 2016). I’ll update this post with a link when it comes out (around the first part of December) so you can refer back to it if you want to know more about this annual celebration and how it promotes and supports charitable work around the world.
We hope you will comment here and tell us about the work you or your friends/acquaintances/most-admired-people are doing to work toward economic independence for the disenfranchised, stronger governance, social cohesion, peace and sustainable development. And if you have something in your shop or work that symbolizes this, please tell us about that too. What better time than the Thanksgiving season to focus on the good in human-kind? And before I forget to say so, I hope you have a WONDERFUL Thanksgiving and Holiday Season.
Until Next Time,