31 Days of Giving: Day 10 – Giving Hope – Part ll

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Day #10 in the 31 Days of Giving Journey is sort of a re-post from day 4. But I figure I can count it again, because I loved the Angel ornaments so much, I bought a couple more along with the trees. I then received this e-mail today from the Heart for Africa organization on all the good my gifts are providing. 

It was October 2013 when the newly formed “Khutsala Artisans” hired our first employee on Project Canaan. “Khutsala” means “hard working” in siSwati and I wanted to give you a quick update on the success and IMPACT in just over one year.

In 2014:

  • We hired 28 full-time employees to make jewelry and do bead work.
  • Those 28 employees provide for an average of 13 people in their respective homesteads. That means that 364 people are impacted by their employment.  Just think about that!
  • 17,151 pieces of jewelry, Christmas ornaments and giftware were handmade.
  • 8,000+ Christmas ornaments were made and sold in Swaziland, US, Canada, Taiwan, Australia and many countries across Europe!
  • 4+ million beads were used to make Christmas tree ornaments alone.
  • 3 miles of wire was used just to make Christmas tree ornaments. 

 31 Days of Giving: Day 4 – Giving Hope (Re-post) 

August of 2011 I went on an 11 day mission trip to Swaziland, Africa with the organization Heart for Africa. It was an amazing experience where I fell in love with the people and the land. Since my journey, I have been following the progress of the Heart for Africa team and the difference they are making in Swaziland with the development of Project Canaan.

Project Canaan is a 2,500 acre large-scale land development project being designed by business people to come alongside Africans and bring expertise, resources and heart together to find a holistic solution to a complex set of issues. It will and is providing training and employment, growing large amounts of food to stimulate the local economy and allow for export while supporting orphans and vulnerable children on the property and across the nation. There are two sides to this development project, the first is the farm side and the second is the children side.

Me and some of the beautiful children of Swaziland.

Me and some of the beautiful children of Swaziland.

Part of the mission of bring training and sustainability has been developed with their new online store. Many of the items in the shop are beautifully handcrafted by the Khutsala Artisans on Project Canaan in Swaziland. My purchase will enable Heart for Africa to continue to bring HOPE by providing employment opportunities to the people of Swaziland that will allow them to provide for their families.

I love to give ornaments to my nieces and nephew and godchild every year. When I saw these angels in the store, I was thinking what an amazing gift.  Give back to a beautiful culture and have a beautiful angel to watch over the special people in my life.

To check out additional items in the store or to buy your own Angel, click HERE.

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