Sunday, December 6, 2009

You know you want it.

This weekend I hosted an open house for a friend of mine, Lindsay, who is passionate about the plight of orphans in Africa. So passionate, that she and her husband (and two boys) are hoping to move to Kenya next year to be house parents at an infant home! I can't even fathom this, honestly.
Lindsay was helping another organization, Children's HopeChest, to raise money to build a kitchen for a community of orphans in Uganda. Brandi and Vince, from CHC, were selling aprons and paper-bead necklaces. The necklaces were handmade by women in Uganda, and every single one of them is gorgeous.

See? Even in this weirdly sideways photo you can tell that these things are great. And, well, I hinted at a possible giveaway earlier last week, so I thought I'd carry through. (Despite Aaron's plea not to "become one of those blogs that always gives away stuff!" He sometimes has objections to odd bumper stickers, or any outward personalization of a vehicle. Okay, maybe I get that one.) But, I'm going to make you work for this freebie.

What's nice about this particular style of necklace (and there are shorter ones, as well as longer multicolor ropes) is that you can wear it doubled, like so:

or long, like thus:

This style sells for $15 from the HopeChest folks as a fundraiser.

For your chance to win it, follow this link to Children's HopeChest's website. Then leave a comment and tell me one of the services that a ministry center provides to the orphans.

This giveaway will close at midnight on Friday! So spread the word, and you could add a new pretty to your jewelry box...or someone special's!

ps - one entry per person, please! Thanks!


Melissa said...

Onsite dental care. Nice.

Pene' said...

To build one on one relationships with staff. I like all of the services but this one sticks out to me because children need that one on one contact of knowing they are loved and someone cares about them.

Liz, Awesome idea to get the word out there for these orphans. I hope a lot of people enter.

Jill said...

I found your blog searching for a crown cake. I love the one you mad in 2008! Can you email me the template for cutting out the crown shape? Thanks, Jill

Stacie said...

I'll bite...I love these necklaces!

The center helps orphans to develop independent living skills as well as support them in school. Awesome :)

Miss Crys said...

Individual counseling. Important.

Very creative contest. It looks like a good program.

Laurie said...

They provide individual counseling.

Of course I WANT the are very persuasive!

Lexie said...

To ensure proper healthcare is great! I can see this as a challenge since healthcare can be expensive & it's so important to know what to teach over what not to teach about. And to get the knowledge out there about the risks and how to protect yourself.

Valerie said...

my favorite- develop independent living skills, (sounds very OTish don't you think)

I love the way you did this like such a teacher, where there was an assignment before we could comment. You can take the teacher out of the classroom but you can't take the teacher out of the girl:)

Lyz said...

Valerie - I just looove assigning homework! My kids are going to get NO pity from me!:)

Kim said...
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Kim said...

Meaningful homework is OK. Busy work homework is not! Children's Hope provides meaningful activities for the kids and seeks to teach them about God.

Lyz said...

Kim, busy work homework would still have to be graded, right? I ONLY gave meaningful stuff - of course, the students may have disagreed.:)

Thanks everyone for participating!

Anonymous said...

Maintain a computer lab.

We used to make these necklaces out of church bulletins. Completely forgot about it until your post. Thanks for the flashback, Liz!

Steph T

Amber said...

Hi, Liz. Would could be more important than health care and independent living skills? See ya!