Sunday, August 7, 2011

Ten Thousand Villages

A story of Ten Thousand Villages

Do you Recognize her precious Face?
She lives in Famine Stricken Somalia

The Kansas City area where I live,  has a Ten Thousand Villages shop in Historic Downtown Overland Park, Kansas. Ten Thousand Villages is a Global Fair Trade Organization supporting artists and artisans in over seventy countries.  It is a Non-Profit Organization.

Their mission provides under- and unemployed artisans with an opportunity to earn vital income and improve their quality of life by establishing a sustainable market for their handcrafted products. Ten Thousand Villages is a founding member of the WFTO - the World Fair Trade Organization, a global network of more than 350 fair trade organizations

Downtown Overland Park Historic Location of Ten Thousand Villages
 I reading one of my very favorite blogs From the House of Edward, Pamela was telling, in her most unique way, a story you will soon find out about.

 Pamela had been reading a newspaper article one morning about a tragic situation and could not shake the feeling it gave her. Later that same evening she opened an email article from another blog, Style Blueprint which is written by Liza and Elizabeth, two women in Nashville, Tennessee.

Have you ever wondered  how to help, where to start, how to make a difference?  This is an easy solution that you can accomplish today, or any day this month.  Ten Thousand Villages in Nashville, is collecting new pillowcases to be repurposed into simple dresses for African girls who have not much else.  These dresses are more than a piece of clothing; they represent hope and a better life. 

Watching quietly as another child receives a dress
 As so many children have been orphaned in the huge AIDs epidemic in Africa, many young girls are parenting the younger siblings. Little Dresses for Africa was started to show these girls that they too are thought of, and that someone, somewhere in the world cares.

A Yellow Dress to Brighten a Little Life
 Volunteers from all over the world are assisting in this effort. Sometimes the best way to take our minds off of our own  problems is to do something, anything, however small for others.  

Buy a pair of new pillowcases, or as many as you can afford  and send them to the location listed here. Trust me it will make you feel good.

Ten Thousand Villages of Nashville
3900 Hillsboro Pike, Suite 20
Nashville, TN  37215

Volunteers and Villagers

Images Courtesy of Ten Thousand Villages, Style Blueprint and The House of Edward

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