June 2018 Box

Recycled Sari Bowl

This beautiful bowl comes from Ganesh Himal Trading, an organization that supports women artisans in the village of Sertung, Napal. The families in this village were devastated by an earthquake in April 2015 that left them in a state of severe economic instability. The village has no electricity and very few modern tools, but these amazing women use the resources they do have, which they often have to trek two days through mountains to collect, to create beautiful products from recycled materials.

Room Spray

This scented rooms spray made by survivors through Eleventh Candle Co., an organization that employs women in Columbus, OH and Ethiopia who have been victims of trafficking and addiction. These women are seemingly two worlds apart but suffer very similar devastating circumstances. The organization provides financial and restorative support aimed at helping them transition into productive, healthy lifestyles.

Druzy Necklace

The last item in this month’s box is a trendy druzy necklace that was handmade by our own Anchor of Hope Box artisans – a group of local refugees and survivors of human trafficking. This group meets monthly to learn new crafts and create sustainable incomes for their families. In some cases, this is the only income these families receive. Your continued support allows these families the dignity of work, the support of community, and the enjoyment of knowing their handmade items are loved by people around the country. Despite their difficult backgrounds, this program gives them hope for the future.

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May 2018 Box

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Spring scarf

This beautiful tribal print spring scarf from Global Girlfriend was made by Pushpanjali, a fair-trade organization in Agra, India that works to improve living conditions for local underprivileged artisans by providing them sustainable work, fair wages, and profit sharing.

The organization also supports educational and medical programs in rural villages that help girls attend school. This scarf will complement any spring outfit and also looks fantastic draped across furniture or used to set a table during lovely spring weather!

Purse clip holder

Keep your favorite lip gloss or oil rollerball handy with this purse clip made by Anchor of Hope’s own artisans, which is made up of refugees and survivors of human trafficking living here, locally.

Many in this group are mothers who stay home with small children while others are unable to work due to health concerns, so their work with Anchor of Hope Box is largely their only income. Your support of Anchor of Hope Box continues to help them heal and thrive.

Wrap bracelet

This custom wrap bracelet from Haiti Made is stamped with one of our favorite phrases, “never underestimate the power of hope.” Haiti Made, an organization created by the Hands and Feet Project, employs trafficking survivors, young adults transitioning out of orphan care, and other Haitians in need of empowering, sustainable work.

The organization is working daily to diminish poverty and fight the orphan crisis in Haiti by providing dignified jobs and creating quality products. We hope this bracelet is a daily reminder to you that hope has the power to change lives, and your continued support of Anchor of Hope helps sustain hope for vulnerable men, women, and children around the world.

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April 2018 Box

Basket

This handmade basket is from Second Story Goods, an organization that supports impoverished artists in Haiti as they create and sell their handmade goods to push forward for a way of life that is beyond the daily acceptance of things like diarrhea that kills, sexual abuse and children that literally fill their bellies with dirt cookies to stave off hunger and to pay for education.

For these women, the best way to keep their daughters from being trafficked is to educate them and keep them in school. Because school is expensive, earning money by selling handmade goods is one of the best ways these women can support and protect their children.

Embroidered Key Fob

This beautiful key fob from Darzah is embellished with a traditional Palestinian embroidery called “tatreez.” This special type of embroidery is a Palestinian tradition that is usually passed down from generation to generation, mother to daughter.

Darzah’s mission is to create economic opportunities for artisans and their families while also celebrating the traditional Palestinian art of tatreez. The women who participate in the project are refugees who live in the northern West Bank, an area where poverty rates are some of the highest in the region.

Handmade Journal

Prokritee is a non-profit organization in India that provides underprivileged artisans with fair-trade work. The handmade journal in this month’s box is an example of the beautiful work that these artisans do to support their families in a country where poverty rates are sky-high and women’s rights are at their lowest low. The artisans actually make the paper used in this journal and they hand-stamp the designs.

Prokritee’s programs focus on the dignity and creativity of every single worker, so we hope this journal serves as a gracious reminder to you of the strength and resilience of disadvantaged men and women around the world.

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February 2018 Box

We hope you enjoyed the February box!

Velvet Beanie

This month, our talented artisans have created a fun new item that reflects this season’s hottest trend – velvet! This adorable velvet slouch beanie was made by a group of men and women who are refugees from Burma, Iraq, and Uganda.

One of our newest artisans, Methode, owned his own shop back in his home country of Uganda where he worked as a tailor. Methode is so thrilled to be able to use his talent again now that he has been relocated to the US with his wife and 5 children.

Cuff Bracelet

Recent statistics show that India has the largest poverty rate in the world, accounting for one in every three people living below the poverty line worldwide. At the same time, the gender gap in India is ever widening, meaning that women, especially those who are single or widowed, are increasingly marginalized.

Handmade Pride works to empower disadvantaged families in India by supporting education for the poor and creating responsible and ethical opportunities for work. This unique bracelet was made by impoverished women who are seeking a sustainable and safe income for their families.

Hand and Lip Balm

This balm is from Thistle Farms, an organization based in Nashville, TN, whose mission is to heal, empower, and employ women survivors of trafficking, prostitution, and addiction.

These survivors are provided with safe housing and work opportunities including development of a variety of natural home and body products like this one!

What was your favorite item?

Take a picture and tag us online @anchorofhopebox with your favorite February item! We would love to see!

Thank you so much for your support of Anchor of Hope Subscription Box. You are a hope-bringer!

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January 2018 Box

Happy New Year! Thank you for starting your year by supporting refugees, survivors of human trafficking, and other people in vulnerable circumstances through your Anchor of Hope Box subscription.

January Box

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Wallet by Hmong Tribe

The first item in our January box is a wallet made by the Hmong Tribe in Thailand. 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 for bright, expressive textiles and intricate embroidery. These exciting colors and prints stand in stark contrast to the groups difficult past, and we hope their spirit of optimism will inspire you for the year ahead!

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Necklace by Anchor of Hope Artisans

Next, you’ll find a beautiful piece of handmade jewelry by our own artisans. This month, the group of local refugees and survivors of human trafficking is made up of women from Syria, Eritrea, and Sudan. Many in this group are mothers who stay home with small children while others are unable to work due to health concerns, so their work with Anchor of Hope Box is largely their only income. Your support of Anchor of Hope Box continues to help them heal and thrive.

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Greeting Card by Hong

The last item in this month’s box is a greeting card made by Hong, a survivor of human trafficking who uses watercolor to heal from past hurts. Hong began painting while living in a shelter for survivors and her art has become an incredible outlet for the hurt and negativity of her past. It is a process that brings her incredible peace that she now shares with you.

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Thank you again for your support of Anchor of Hope Box. As you begin 2018, we hope you are inspired by the optimism, determination, and peace reflected in this month’s box!

Would you consider supporting our artisans by helping to spread the word about Anchor of Hope Box?

One easy way to spread the word is by sharing a picture of your favorite item from this month’s box on social media! Make sure to tag us @Anchorofhopebox when you do!

What was your favorite item in this month’s box?
 

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