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The Project

A group of impoverished, unemployed and mainly HIV positive Zambian widows are facing the orphan challenge and producing hand crafted jewelry with paper beads. People that care buy and sell this unique hand crafted jewelry and all net profits from ‘Hope Art’ are invested in the Zambia Project that provides shelter, food, education and healthcare to children and women in need. Your purchase will make a difference in the lives of many impoverished children and women.

Please also consider selling Hope Art. You can either buy the items and then sell them, or we can give the items to you and you pay for them once they are sold. We have provided you with tools that you can download and use as part of your display when promoting and selling Hope Art.

Please tell your friends about these wonderful gift ideas and get involved by contacting us on email: [email protected]. Your participation will fill many hearts with hope.

OUR GOALS

Raising funds for the Zambia Project. Investing 100% of our net profits in the Zambia Project allows for long-term sustainable care for the orphans and vulnerable women in Western Zambia.

Providing income through entrepreneurial development. This is a sustainable approach to poverty eradication where Zambians build their skills and long-term capacities through meaningful creative work.

HOW HOPE ART STARTED

We were desperate to start a village where we could care for more orphans and vulnerable children, so we cried out to God, asking for His guidance.

God responded with one word: ‘Art’.

Through His prompting and guidance we then launched Hope Art in July 2009. We encouraged the local people to embrace the orphan situation and get involved. In response to this challenge, a group of unemployed women from Hope Church, volunteered to help. Artists from South Africa agreed to visit us in Zambia and teach these women how to make some arts and crafts. We were hoping to be able to sell these and make a profit to help fund our village for orphans.

The paper beads craft was an absolute hit and soon the women were able to receive an income instead of just volunteering their time.

When Hope Art first started, we had no facilities to care for the kids besides a tent. Today, we run a centre for malnourished children, a school for vulnerable children, and house orphans that have nowhere else to live! Click here for more information on the Village of Hope Mongu.

OVERSIGHT

Hope Art takes its responsibility for management and financial accountability seriously. The project is founded and directed by Marinette van Coller. She is based in George, South Africa. Andrew Graetz, Financial Officer, is based in Rustenburg, South Africa.

EACH BEAD IS UNIQUELY HANDCRAFTED

project bead01Each bead is carefully rolled with meticulous diligence to create beautiful unique artwork. The process of rolling, dipping in varnish and drying requires patience and teamwork. The lives of these women have changed dramatically through a sense of self-worth and purpose. Many orphans are now being care for and their extended families uplifted, thereby benefiting the community as a whole.project bead02

We want to extend our heartfelt gratitude to each person who has supported this initiative and trust that the Lord will continue His favor toward Hope Art and the Village of Hope for orphans.

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