Handmade Bird Cards From Africa
This time of year many of you are sending out holiday and thank you cards. Here are some that will help those in need as well.
There are almost a million orphans in Rwanda. Many lost their parents during the Rwandan Genocide that occurred in the early 1990′s. Profits from the sale of these cards help the orphaned children.
Cards from Africa exclusively employs orphaned young adults in the production of intricate handcrafted greeting cards that are sold around the world. The workers are all heads of households, responsible for one or more younger siblings. With the strong wages they receive from Cards from Africa, they are able to provide food, shelter, clothing, health care, and school materials for their younger siblings. Providing school materials is key: although the Rwandan government has eliminated school fees at the primary education level, the cost of notebooks, pencils, and school uniforms keeps most orphans from attending school.
All the materials used to make these cards are from recycled materials.
The beautiful handcrafted cards that you receive in the mail are born of simple office waste. At Cards from Africa, we make all of our handmade papers from discarded scraps that would otherwise be destined to burn. Not only is this environmentally friendly, it also ensures that we have a large range of base colors and textures of paper to work with.
They separate the scraps into different colors. Then using traditional African techniques, they make the paper that is used for the cards. No chemicals are used during this process.
Every card is assembled by hand. You can learn more about this organization in the BBC video below or on the Cards From Africa website.
You can definitely see in the video that Cards From Africa is making a real difference in the lives of these orphans.
“Our goal is to help Rwanda address the significant challenges facing its orphaned population,” says Cards from Africa founder Chris Page. “If we can empower the eldest siblings and keep the younger ones in school, then these families can break the cycle of poverty in this generation.”
They have all sorts of cards for various occasions, but I like the bird ones the best! Most do not have words so you can use them for nearly every occasion.