One of my favorite parts of working with Artisan jewelry is getting to know the artists. It seems to be human nature to grow more fully human through the act of creation.
The ability to express oneself in a tangible way is a gift not only to those that experience the finished product, but also to the artist who experiences the process. That give and take inherent to the creative act is especially evident in the important work happening through an organization called BeadforLife. If you haven’t heard of them, you might want to check out their inspiring blog. The BeadforLife mission is to work toward lifting impoverished Africans out of poverty by connecting people from all over the world via the creative work of turning recycled paper into beautiful beads.
Merriam-Webster defines the word Create as:
- to bring into existence
- to invest with a new form, office, or rank
- to produce or bring about by a course of action or behavior
- to cause to happen as a result of one’s actions
And what could be a better example of this then the work brought about by BeadforLife? Uniting people, transforming what was once thought of as waste, empowering the disempowered, bringing life to communities that are struggling to survive.
I invite you to explore the blog, including the pages that suggest great ways to get involved. Check out the page on hosting a bead party or the one about teaching the BeadforLife curriculum, which is designed for those looking for a way to engage students in global poverty issues. Read the guest blog written by Dave Ensign, a BeadforLife trip participant. Maybe you’ll be inspired to get involved too. I know I am.
Not only does this organization provide a way for us to be involved in this good work, but they also provide a way for us to purchase their beautiful creations. You can find their jewelry, and other products, online at the BeadforLife website.