I’ve recently discovered that when you tell people that you’re doing a fundraiser through your business you get A LOT of different reactions. Both positive and negative. The hardcore, business-minded seem to mention the toll and time it would take from regular, profitable production and advertising. Other people make you out to be some kind of saint for “helping”. I don’t buy into any of those philosophies. When I found out about Nurturing Hope for the Nations I knew I wanted to do something to be a small part of their mission.
Our family is diverse in opinions and lifestyles. However, there is one thing that every one of us had nurtured and instilled in us throughout the generations: you reach out and you help. My grandparents Cal & Jackie made that a foundation for our family’s life. No matter how much, or how little they had at any given time, there was not a holiday, or party, or an everyday moment when they didn’t welcome in anyone who needed them without a second thought. If a friend had nowhere to stay or needed a place to spend a holiday, Cal & Jackie were there. I remember times when the Thanksgiving table was a full two rooms in length to accommodate everyone that came to eat. My mom and her siblings tell me about how the bedrooms were always packed with anyone who needed a place to stay––everyone knew you could go to Cal & Jackie’s house.
That mindset has been carried on through the people I love in many different forms and it is inherent. You help. Not because it makes you look good or you can benefit in some way but because it is the right thing to do. There was just simply no other way. My grandpa would probably now say something about how my Grandma gave him no other choice in the matter and we were all too loud. He's a humble man and certainly never one to ask for recognition for the way he always carried those around him. He is also right. One thing we’ve never been is shy to speak up. In this spirit, I want to tell you about the kids in Kibera, Kenya.
Kibera has 1.2 million people living in a 1.5-mile radius. Their homes are 12ft x 12ft shacks built with mud walls, a corrugated tin roof with a dirt or concrete floor. An average of 6 - 10 people live in each. Human excrement runs through the streets and the average life expectancy is 30.
In Kibera, I would be an old lady. Can you even imagine what it must be like to be a 28 year old woman and feel like the majority of your life is over?
And speaking of those young women whose lives have not even truly begun: they’re at risk most of all in Kibera. 66% of girls in Kibera routinely trade sex for food by the age of 16, many beginning as early as 6 years of age. It is a shear matter of survival. Ironically, that also puts them at grave risk of STI's/ HIV / AIDS. At any one time, about 50% of 16 to 25 yr old girls are pregnant. Abortions are common, without the supervision of trained medical professionals, and extremely dangerous.
The unemployment rate in Kibera is 50% and half the population is under the age of 15 years old.
Nurturing Hope's school gives children in Kibera daily relief from the hardships they face in Kiberan life. It gives them insight into life beyond the slums and food when they would otherwise have none.
Here is where you come in: as you start planning for special life events to come, please consider a thoughtful gift with true meaning. Along with the help of our friends at Nurturing Hope, we've designed a truly special mug, one with a Kenyan spirit and a healthy dose of Potter & Woodsmith charm. The proceeds will go directly to helping the kids in Kibera. We want to inspire them; we want to let them know they have food waiting, education, and hope for their future. Our aim is that this mug will grace your coffee table, kitchen shelves, and counter tops for the years to come and become a favorite among your family. We also desire that it would be a declaration that these lives don’t go unnoticed or these sweet voices don’t go unheard.
Each mug will be numbered, unique, and a daily reminder of the help you gave.
Here's how you help...
We've designed this limited edition mug for Nurturing Hope for the Nations.
They are an amazing non-profit providing daily food and education to children living in Kibera, Kenya.
Our hope is that this mug will be a beautiful way to give a meaningful holiday gift.
All proceeds go directly to Nurturing Hope for the Nations.
This mug is currently on pre-order from now through October 31st.
Mugs will ship in early December just in time for holiday gift giving.
*All photos in this blog post are courtesy of Magnolia & Magpie Photography Co. All rights reserved.