Tag Archives: Rediscovering Social Justice

Living without Electricity

1.6 billion people — a quarter of humanity — live without electricity.

 Cited from globalissues.org
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Fashion. Love, Africa.

In Nakuru, Kenya, about 140 families and 300 children live within the Gioto Garbage Slum. These families not only depend on their basic human needs from the garbage dump, but actually reside on top of it. While these families live within the garbage, most are victims of rape, HIV, or abuse.

Most families in the slum are made up of single mothers and grandmothers who are the sole providers for their children. However, living and working within the slums does not provide enough opportunities. Designer Ryan Clements created Fashion. love, Africa to help create a steady income for the ladies by selling handmade bags with materials gathered by the women. These hand knitted bags are constructed from post consumer plastic bags. The profits from the bags provide aid to the entire slum; to help in relocation, child sponsorship, medical assistance, and savings and loan programs. Who would think that buying one stylish bag could make such a difference?

To purchase your bag, click here.

All content cited from Fashion. love, Africa. To learn more about Fashion. love, Africa, click here.

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Kaa Chonjo

Lost and helpless,
Her passport taken away
Her ID taken away
In search of a better way
Paid them to chase the dream life
But ended up paying with her freedom
Lost without friends in a foreign land
Her dreams lost to slave masters
Beaten and abused,
Raped and they were amused.
Left his home country,
Only to be forced into labour
Paid with lashes,
His dreams, burnt down to ashes
His whole life flashes,
Because he would rather die
Than be forced to live a lie,

Open your eyes,
Feel the cries;
Of Kenyans in the Middle East
Trafficked like worthless beasts
Feel the cries;
Of young girls in our streets,
Enticing you to the sheets,
Only to give that money to pimps

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Child Labor

In 2011, UNICEF estimated around 150 million children in developing countries, between the ages of 5-14, were involved in child labor.

This content is cited from UNICEF.

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Ten Thousand Villages

Unlike other Fair Trade retailers,  Ten Thousand Villages is one of the founding companies in the Fair Trade world. Originating in 1946, this company has grown to be a source for “unique handmade gifts, jewelry, home decor, art and sculpture, textiles, serveware and personal accessories representing the diverse cultures of artisans in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East.” As an original member of the World Fair Trade Organization, all “product sales help pay for food, education, healthcare and housing for artisans who would otherwise be unemployed or underemployed.”

Ten Thousand Villages is a unique collection of many different products: earings, nativities, baskets, rugs, musical instruments, decorative mirrors, cards, notebooks, ornaments, games and puzzles, sea salt, and much more.

To read a story about an Artisan, click here.

To shop online, click here.

To find a store near you, click here.

To learn more about Fair Trade, click here.

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World Relief: Stand for the Vulnerable

“Every second of every day children are orphaned by disease, women are widowed by conflicts, families are devastated by natural disasters and refugees are relocated to new countries. These are the heartbreaking stories of the vulnerable.”

World Relief stands for the vulnerable. Their purpose is to empower communities to holistically serve with initiatives in education, health, child development, agriculture, food security, anti-trafficking, immigrant services, micro-enterprise, disaster response and refugee resettlement. World Relief works within local communities and around the globe. Although World Relief works within several different areas of vulnerability, each area works through the process of healing, reconciliations, transformation and empowerment.

World Relief’s Causes:

Stand/For Children

Stand/For Women

Stand/For the Displaced

Stand/For the Devastated

Stand/For Opportunity

 

Stand/With Me: Get Involved! To learn how you can help World Relief, click here.

Shop at World Relief’s online store, the Catalogue of Hope. Purchase practical items for those in need: such as backpacks for refugees in the United States, goats for families in Zambia, or help provide services to victims of human trafficking, click here.

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From a Former President

“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.”
—Franklin D. Roosevelt

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Street Children in India

In 2011, UNICEF estimated there were 11 million street children in India. That number is considered a conservative estimate.

The Indian Embassy has estimated that there are 314,700 street children in the metro areas such as Bombay, Calcutta, Madras, Kanpur, Bangalore, and Hyderabad, and around 100,000 in Delhi alone.

This information is cited from Consortium for Street Children.

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