A little “Peace from Above”

I have a treat for y’all! Not only do you get to see pictures of this cutie in this post:

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BUT I have another giveaway! 🙂

I’m going to tell y’all a little bit about Amani ya Juu (“Peace from Above”). I got an email from their US Marketing Associate, Emily, after she found my little space here on the internet. I believe it was providential, but I’m not revealing ALL the details yet…

Amani ya Juu is a sewing and reconciliation project for marginalized women in Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda, & Liberia. I really can’t say enough about this organization. They are ALL ABOUT the same things I believe. This is their goal: Women from many African nations and cultures are learning to work together through faith in God. Amani is committed to holistic development. Women gain experience in purchasing, bookkeeping, stitching, quality control, management, and design. As new women enter the program they are mentored in quality workmanship. Emphasis is placed on ethical business practices and harmonious relationships with people of different backgrounds. Amani’s wide selection of high-quality handbags, home & kitchen décor, jewelry, and children’s items are made out of local African materials. The sale of products sold by volunteers and in Amani shops enables each woman to earn consistent income. OF COURSE, it’s all fair trade, because I would never steer you wrong. And? These ladies can make some accessories!

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y’all know my penchant for bags. I’d love this one for $58.

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And this apron is completely adorbs. Love it for $32!

Go ahead and look around on the site. You’re sure to find something you like for yourself, your Mom, your friend, your kids! You can truly knock quite a few gifts off your lists. And if you’re not into buying “things” that’s fine too. They accept donations for two areas that would not otherwise be supported by their self-sustaining approach: outreach and strategic growth. Whether it’s through camp programs for children and youth, scholarship support for women returning to school, emergency assistance during unexpected crisis, or startup costs for a new area of growth, donations give Amani a greater impact.

And here’s the fun part for you, aside from learning about this awesome company. I have a giveaway! It’s a good one too. I picked this because I wanted one for my little girl. She is turning 4 this week (my BABY is going to be 4!!) Also because a blog that I love Live58 had reposted a blog from Rage Against The Minivan and the hilarious Kristen Howerton (who has a multi-ethnic family through adoption), where she broaches the topic of racial relations amongst young children and raising “color blind” kids. You should click through that hyperlink and read it. Then implement her suggestions if you have kids. We all need to. It should be our goal as parents to teach our children to love their neighbors as themselves, and these are some very practical ways that help. (This is from a girl who grew up in the last capital of the Confederacy where race relations are still rough.) Kristen’s number one recommendation is “Make it a point to buy dolls and action figures of every race. Watch how your kids react.” But you know what? It’s hard to find dolls and action figures of every race. And it’s especially hard to find fairly traded dolls/action figures. So this giveaway is quite the score. 🙂

Kikoy Baby and Doll Set

EllieBabyAmaniShe loves that there is a Mama AND A baby doll. (They are wearing authentic Kenyan kikoy.) She also had to strap the Mama and the baby on her back, naturally.

This doll is just super sweet and would be perfect for a young baby and up. There are no hard or removable pieces that would pose a choking hazard.

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So let’s have some fun with this! I can’t host a raffelcopter giveaway on my wordpress blog, so I’m trying to do it a little differently. Click here http://rafl.es/11z9Vva and let’s pray it works. 🙂

And please, please, please, check out Amani Ya Juu and all that they are doing to help make this world a better place! I am so thankful for organizations like this that are bringing much needed healing. Some of the groups they work with have women from different ethnicities, such as in Rwanda and Burundi (where the 19th anniversary of a massive genocide was just recognized this month – Remember the movie Hotel Rwanda?). There may be one Tutsi woman working along side a Hutu woman whose husband was responsible for the death of the Tutsi woman’s family. But, with God, there is forgiveness, reconciliation, and HOPE that something of that nature NEVER happens again. So let’s help support this group by shopping for your Mother’s day gift, birthday gifts, etc or by making a donation.  And DEFINITELY ENTER THE GIVEAWAY!!

In love and style,

xo,

Brandi

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