Staying Connected Through Giving

by The Dalai Mama on November 29, 2012

in Ethiopia, Giving Back

I try very hard to keep connected with Ethiopia and to give back as often as possible.  Anytime I can either raise money for or purchase something that directly benefits Ethiopia I do.  There is a great organization that I learned about from the wonderful ONE Moms who went to Ethiopia (whose blogs I read and/or follow on twitter).  You’ll notice if you click on the links to the blogs that you are taken to their wonderfully moving post about fashionABLE.

fashionABLE sells the most beautiful handmade scarves.

Here’s an excerpt from their website

Your purchase of a fashionABLE scarf creates sustainable business for women in Africa.  Our commitment as a non-profit is to the development of people — fashionABLE works with women who have been exploited due to the effects of poverty.  So, when you purchase a scarf you are providing jobs, and then we send the net profits back to holistically rehabilitate more women. This is the beauty of non-profit….
Scarves provide jobs, profits provide restoration.

The first time I went to the website and read the stories of these women and watched their videos, I cried.  When I noticed that one of the woman has the same name as Noah’s birth mother, I cried.  When I read her story and realized how similar is is to the little we know about Noah’s birth mother, I bought 8 scarves.  I bought scarves.  I felt so helpless that I had to do something.  I went back today and bought 5 more.  My purchase is helping ensure the future of these women and the women who will come after them.  It is how I give back to country who gave me the two greatest gifts I have be blessed with.   My kids.

Buying these scarves and publicizing them is one way I can give back.  I will probably own one of every scarf in every color at some point in the future, but it will be worth every penny to potentially help other women be able to support and care for their children.  The woman (who shares a name with Noah’s birth mother) hopes to someday have enough security to adopt many children who are orphans due to HIV/AIDS.  I cannot think of another purchase I have ever made that has meant so much to me and to my family.

If you have women (or teachers) to buy for, please consider purchasing one of these scarves.  It will make and impact and a difference in the lives of someone.  Not just the bottom line of a corporation.  I bought more scarves today to give to each of my children’s teachers.  We always try to give gifts tied to Ethiopia.  They scarves are selling out, so go nowclick here…and please tell all of your friends.

From the publicity from the ONE Moms trip–they added 3 new women.  That is 3 more women they help provide a better life.  Three more women they enable to change their destiny.  Let’s help even more.  Go order now!

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