A few weeks ago I had the privilege of hosting a small party at my home to learn more about the Starfish Project. The founder of the organization was gracious enough to take some time to share her heart in starting this incredible work.
Starfish Project was established in 2006 to empower exploited women in Asia.
According to their website…
The Project developed a socially responsible jewelry business in order to provide women with alternative employment and a range of holistic care services. Starfish Project provides opportunities for women to heal and grow through counseling, vocational training, language acquisition, family education grants and health care access, as well as providing housing in our women’s shelter.
As of 2013, the Project had grown to support approximately 50 women, primarily through the jewelry company where women have taken on new levels of responsibility and leadership, and are able to provide for their families through meaningful employment.
You can read more about what they do here.
Any opportunity to have yummy food and wonderful friends in one place is always amazing, but this evening went beyond that as it gave us the opportunity to hear first hand the stories of women who are truly heroes in my book.
Many of these women have experienced unspeakable pain and difficulty, yet when given the chance, through the help of the Starfish Project, they have risen to the challenge and taken their lives back.
The products that they create are truly beautiful; each one unique much like the women who’s names many of the pieces bear. Not only does the Starfish Project provide the women will skills training to make the jewelry, but many of the women are also trained in other business-related skills and have continued opportunity for other educational and vocational training.
If you have not already done so, I would highly encourage you to take a look at their site and learn more about what they do.
I mean, do you really need an excuse to go shopping? Their pieces are a perfect compliment to any springy outfit you might be pulling out of your closet right about now and accessories are always a great way to liven up some of your regular favorites.
Take some time as well to read these amazing women’s stories. The accessories are absolutely beautiful, but not nearly as breathtaking as the stories they represent.
Each piece of jewelry, beautifully crafted, represents a new life for the woman who made it. It symbolizes her strength in adversity and her will to make a new life for herself and her family.
I really can’t think of a better cause to support or a better excuse to go shopping!
All photographs provided courtesy of Worldview Photography.