Beautiful MaMas with Beautiful Babies Come to Work
Iris Global Base @ Pemba, Mozambique
Teaching Wire Work
Wire Caged Shell Earrings
In 2009 I connected with Iris Global/Heidi & Rolland Baker and spent 2 weeks on base at Pemba, Mozambique. Besides loving that 100s of children are taken off the street and given a home, that schools are built, wells are dug, medical care provided etc. I so loved and connected with the women learning to sew in the sewing school. When I returned home I could not get them off of my mind and even though I was not doing my artwork full-time at that time, I began to make polymer clay bookmarks again and sent the proceeds from the sales to help support that program. The desire to help women to follow their dreams and to be creative and have sustainable income to help care for their families grew. I began to see a bigger opportunity to help.
I sold my store in November 2013 and went to Africa for 3 months, the summer of 2014, to participate in the Harvest Missions School (HS20). While I was there, I connected with the Iris Arts program that develops and teaches women in a variety of creative Arts. I enjoyed spending time with them and teaching them some wire work to add to their skills in jewelry making. Iris Arts provides work for aprox. 100 women. I would love to see this program expanded to reach many more women.
I am currently seeking how to connect with women in developing countries to teach them how to make their own beads and other skills that I might be able to share. I want to encourage them to express their culture and design.
A portion of all the sales from my jewelry goes to support this program to empower women. I also encourage you to check out Iris Global and the beautiful work they are doing in Africa!