This season at Jedidiah, we've partnered together with the humanitarian organization, Invisible Children, in a commitment to promote the well-being of children in Uganda through the 'Schools for Schools' program, helping to rebuild the standards of education in northern Uganda.
Proceeds from the sales of the Holiday 2010 collection will go to support Invisible Children and their mission of long-term change in Africa.
Check out this video about the Schools for Schools program from Invisible Children *email readers must click online to watch*
JedidiahUSA.com • InvisibleChildren.com
Yes, a sandal in winter! Several reasons for this: 1) it's still 90º here in Florida. 2) if it's snowing where you are, you can save them for spring. 3) they're awesome in any season.
A good friend of ours is a designer for the surf brand Reef and worked on this humanitarian collaboration project where Reef partnered with 31bits, an organization that aids the entrepreneurial spirit of displaced women in Uganda refugee camps. Working together, they created the Ugandal sandal. "Through the practice of fair trade, Reef has pre-purchased the women’s’ handcrafted beads made of recycled magazine paper to adorn the sandal. '31bits is centered around using the creative art and entrepreneurship already present in the women to help get them out of poverty. Partnering with Reef is another opportunity to give the women an international voice and to share their story.' In addition, one percent of the proceeds from this sandal will benefit the Reef Redemption fund – Reef’s own humanitarian and environmental organization."
Here's a video about the project *email readers must click online to watch*
Reef Ugandal Sandal • 31bits.com
For any fellow yogis out there, check out these amazing EmpowerDaugters Yoga Bags that my friend sells. The sale of every yoga bag helps young cambodian girls leave the brothels of Phnom Penh in conjunction with the NGO DaughersCambodia.org. This organization "operates a day-centre in an area of brothels, where activities and programmes are designed to empower victims of sexual exploitation through employment opportunities and a wide range of social and psychological services." Each bag is made of 'up-cycled' rice bag material and helps keep it from the land fill!
Our friend, Sara writes about travel on her blog from Milan, Italy and is always active in various blogger-based humanitarian efforts each year. This year she wrote about her involvement in the "Passports with Purpose" travel blogger program. Through PWP, you can donate or buy raffle tickets for a huge list of prizes offered from bloggers around the world.
This year, PWP is "supporting LAFTI, an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of the Dalit (untouchable) population in India. Raising $50,000, PWP will build a village in India, providing homes for those that had never hoped to have a roof over their heads!"
Hopefully you'll check some of these out...and definitely share with me any other ideas you have! Happy Christmas + Merry Holidays.