One of the most beautiful things about uniting with other writers and bloggers is the sense of community that is created from shared passions and the opportunity to unite on projects which help shift the norm towards the greater good.
One such project, which I'm currently working on with Hannah from Life + Style + Justice has been in the works for Hannah for a while and she's invited myself, alongside five other ethical bloggers (Danielle, Jacqui, Ashlee, Cassandra, and Christy) to join her in bringing to fruition.
Each of us have designed two items for the upcoming collection of eco + ethical t-shirts, tote bags and banners which will be produced by empowered women who work under the umbrella of Safe Refuge. SR is a resource centre for women and children in crisis based in the Philippines where pervasive poverty and high unemployment leaves children and young women particularly vulnerable to trafficking, malnutrition, and homelessness. In Manila, there are an estimated 100,000 sex-trafficked children alone.
For the past nine years, Safe Refuge has provided quality maternal care and childbirth services, educational opportunities and scholarships, emergency shelter, and supportive housing and aftercare for women and children in vulnerable positions due to trafficking, abuse, and lack of economic opportunity.
A Beautiful Refuge aims to provide these women, who have difficulty finding good work due to their unique physical and mental needs, with meaningful employment though this safe and sustainable economic opportunity.
We're still trying to raise enough money to bring the project to its full expression. I'm hoping to raise at least $500 for my part in the project, so any donations big or small are most welcome and very much appreciated. If you click through to the website you can see how much each item needed for production will cost, for example: $15 buys a frame for screen making and $3,000 buys a drying oven. No matter what amount you're able to give, you're making a huge impact on the lives of others.
I wanted to share the two designs I created; the first, a t-shirt / banner which has an embroidery style design which reads: "Shine So Bright The Plants Grow Towards You" which was inspired by all the beautiful souls who I've magnetized towards throughout my life, especially my husfriend Shane, who I've nicknamed 'SunShane' due his magnetic ability to create positive and loving exchanges wherever he goes.
The other is inspired by Mildred Lisette Norman, who was an American non-denominational spiritual teacher, mystic, pacifist,vegetarian activist and peace activist. In 1952, she became the first woman to walk the entire length of the Appalachian Trail in one season. She also walked across the
United States at least eight times over 28 years and adopted the name "Peace Pilgrim". Her only possessions were the clothes on her back, including a blue shirt which read "Peace Pilgrim" no the front. When she began her pilgrimage she had taken a vow to "remain a wanderer until mankind has learned the way of peace" and she continued her pilgrimage until her death in 1981. I've been inspired by her story and her booklets, Peace Pilgrim: Her Life and Work in Her Own Words, and Steps Toward Inner Peace and wanted to celebrate her life through this design and bring new life to her beautiful story.
You can read more about the project, view our financials and business plan (transparency is so important when it comes to eco + ethical businesses like this, we want you to know where every dollar is going!), and donate through Crowd Rise HERE.
YOU CAN CLICK THROUGH TO DONATE TO THIS ECO + ETHICAL PROJECT HERE