Emma and her hilarious giving – Ravings of a creative housewife
I’m not prone to seeking out social justice projects myself, so I don’t naturally stumble across ways for my kids to get involved in helping others. We practice kindness, hospitality, and generosity with the people we bump into every day, but at some point I would love to take my kids out of their comfort zone (so to speak) to help other completely outside of the world they know.
Bead Parties – Notes of Us
“Bead For Life is an organization in Kampala, Uganda, whose goal is to eradicate poverty through creative means. Instead of just accepting donations, they empower their Ugandan women (who have been through situations I cannot imagine) to create beads from recycled paper: old calendars, magazine pages, and even cereal boxes. These beads, in brilliant colors of reds, oranges, pinks, blues, greens, purples and more, become necklaces (long, short, flat, woven or circular), bracelets and beaded jewelry bags.
The profits they receive from selling their jewelry go toward their own community projects and six other organizations in Uganda.”
Somewhere Out There – This American Life
“The story of struggle and pain, passed through and fought through and over come – that’s not a story you tell in public. Because no one ever asks, How did you two stay together? They only want to ask, How did you two meet?”
“[They] had to make that same transition that all couples do – from the crazy-in-love stage to the other thing, the hard part of love. And it’s when you’re in that struggle you most need the story of how you’re meant to be. Because the alternative, that the person you’re with could be any one of hundreds of thousands of people – well, if that’s true, then why even try?”