Monday, December 16, 2013

Shop with your heart and make a difference

It's shopping season… Looking for gifts for friends and family for the holidays? What about some inspired gifts that keep giving?! I already mentioned last week in a previous blog post UNICEF gifts for children around the world, here's more options of lovely products that makes a difference…

FEED projects has helped children around the world, by raising enough money through the sale of products to provide over 60 million school meals to children around the world through United Nations World Food Programme's (WFP). The FEED began in 2006 when acclaimed model and activist Lauren Bush designed a bag to benefit WFP. With the idea to help raise funds and awareness around these school feeding operations. It was stamped with "FEED the children of the world" and the number ‘1’ to signify that each bag feeds one child in school for one year. And in 2007, FEED Projects LLC was founded by Lauren Bush and Ellen Gustafson to produce and sell these bags. The products line has expended from bags to pouches, apparel and cuddly teddy bears. The sweet stuff toys Produced through a partnership with the charity Teddy Share, are made from 100 percent plush organic cotton and natural burlap.

♥ The power of colour, shop some paintings done by underprivileged children attending the Arts Workshop offered by the Queen Rania Family & Children Center, a facility of the Jordan River Foundation. All proceed go to the Jordanian Child Safety Programme to fight child abuse.

Hands Up Not Handouts offers "some super cool stuff from women around the world": like hand-embroidered cuffs and wrap bracelets from the West Bank, Beautiful earrings handmade using sweet grass and sisal from Rwada. The idea behind this initiative applies business principles and business accountability to help women to help themselves. When you buy those designs, the women earn more income, which gives them more stability and more influence in their families and communities. They can provide food, healthcare and better education.

Kalandia Camp Women's Handicraft Cooperative in Palestine, creates "lasting benefits for Palestinian families in kalandia Refugee Camp and surrounding villages and camps in the central area of West Bank, by empowering women in the Palestinian community through providing them with increased opportunities for economic, social, cultural and educational participation". Embroidered cushion covers and bracelets are great gifts and definitely a positive contribution to supporting women’s capacities to enter the productive job market and buid their future.

♥ Beautiful books from American philanthropist and photographer Bobby Sager. Well known for founding the Sager Family Traveling Foundation, a charitable organization. The Power of the Invisible Sun is a magical gift- produced by Sager and Sting. A a collection of his photographs of children in the most desperate and worn-town places in the world. An inspiring gift, a "game changer" calling for action and activism. To understand more about Bobby and the core element of his philosophy: concrete baby steps read here.

All of those inspiring gifts and more are available at THE One stores across Dubai. Make a difference this holiday season with gifts that keeps giving. Happy shopping.

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