Merry Christmas! We are so glad you’ve chosen to celebrate by supporting and empowering the vulnerable through Anchor of Hope. Your support of our mission to bring dignity and empowerment to an often forgotten population means so much to us – and helps us spread a little Christmas cheer! With your purchase, you are directly impacting the lives of refugees, survivors of human trafficking, and their families who are living right here in the United States.
This month’s featured item is an embroidered purse made by women from Thailand’s Hmong Tribe. The Hmong Tribe is a highly persecuted people group that has been largely displaced from their homelands in Southern China. Despite political persecution and the heartache of displacement, the Hmong have become known from bright, expressive textiles and beautiful embroidery. This spirit of color and expression stand in stark contrast to the group’s difficult past, and this optimism is embodied in our special Christmas box.
Also included in this month’s box are a necklace from Starfish Project and an ornament made by a local refugee. Starfish Project is an amazing partner organization that provides shelter, counseling, and employment assistance from women escaping human trafficking in Asia. The jewelry created by these women is just a small part of their entire restoration process. The ornament comes from May Paw, a local Karenni woman who makes jewelry and ornaments out of recycled materials to supplement her large family’s income. Your purchase is an encouraging way to help May Paw continue to provide for her family.
Thank you again for your support of Anchor of Hope. Our goal this Christmas season is to restore hope and empower with joy – and this could not be done without you!
It’s our anniversary! One year ago this month we sent out our first boxes. In that year, some pretty amazing things have happened, all thanks to your support! We have had the privilege of commissioning countless refugees and survivors of human trafficking to make the handmade items that fill your boxes, watching these men and women support their families through difficult circumstances, and partnering with incredible organizations that are working to empower others. This wouldn’t have happened without you!
This month’s box features a beautiful scarf from Forai, and brand created by a group of refugees from Burma who have been resettled in St. Louis. Their scarves are made from fair trade fabric that has been hand printed by impoverished women in India. The second item is a pair of earrings from Starfish Project, an organization that employs women who have been rescued out of human trafficking. Starfish Project also promotes restoration by providing these women and their children with job training, health care, counseling, and education grants.
After receiving wonderful responses to some of our featured artists over the past year, we created a special set of greeting cards that will help you share these artists with your friends and family. This greeting card set is included in this anniversary box, along with a download link to some special artwork made by Hong, who painted the cherry tree featured in our January box. You can download this new piece to print in the size of your choice, or save it as your wallpaper. This is a small gift from us to say thank you!
We are so grateful that you have chosen to go on this journey with us. Thank you so much for your support over the past year, and for your continued support as we begin a new one!
The “working women” figures in this month’s box were made by Safari, a refugee who began creating art while he lived in the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya. As a young boy, Safari watched his artist father create beautiful things with his hands using supplies like banana leaves and corn husks. While in the refugee camp where he lived for 9 years, Safari came up with the idea to make these figures to sell to tourists so that he could pay for food. Eventually, he was able to use his profits to help others in need and he began teaching others to create own their own items to sell for food and supplies. His figures represent the hardworking people of Africa and a spirit of helping one another. Even though his life has not been easy, Safari says, “I can do something to help people.”
The second item in this box is an amazing necklace from SoloHope, an organization that helps women artisans in Honduras provide for their families despite desperate circumstances. The necklace is handmade from pine straw and thread, and its profits help artisans overcome extreme poverty in an empowering way. I seriously LOVE this necklace and have worn it almost everyday! Check out all their other great items at www.solohope.org
The August box is one of my favorite boxes! We have an exciting item made by two of our local artisans – barefoot sandals! Just in time for that last beach trip this summer. These unique ‘sandals’ were made by Maria and Yaisel, two women whose lives have been richly blessed by your support.
Also featured are two items from partner organizations that are deeply invested in the restoration of refugees and trafficking survivors in the United States. The adorable canvas pouch is made by The Tote Project, which donates 20% of it’s profits to help survivors living in the US find hope and accomplish their dreams. All products from The Tote Project are made by women in India that have either left or been rescued from the sex trade.
The last item in this month;s box is a granola bar from Providence Granola, a Rhode Island based granola company that employs refugees from across the globe. All the profits from Providence Granola Project are used to fund the organizations job training program which helps newly resettled refugees prepare to enter the workforce.
Thank you again for your continued support!