As our Pine Ridge Reservation Campaign continues to grow and reach more families living in the community, we are thrilled to say that we have recently enrolled another woman. Tamara’s involvement in the program has allowed her to acquire the skills, financial security and support necessary in order to provide for her family, including the possibility to now purchase fuel for her car and new clothes for her children. Thanks to the success and support of this program, Tamara and her family are now on the path to a brighter and more hopeful and secure future, and we at AGF want to do continue to do the same for more families of the Pine Ridge Community.
Our goal for the first quarter of 2014 is to enroll at least 10 more families into the program and to continue to work towards reducing the community’s unemployment rate and providing new opportunities for future generations.
We continue our campaign to raise funds for the Pine Ridge community and want to thank you for your ongoing generous support to AGF.
AGF just got back from another trip to Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. We are excited to have enrolled two new women and formed strong connections with members of the community. The BabyFace program on the reservation also reached out to us with 12 women interested, who we will begin to work with in the fall. Our initial meeting was unfortunately canceled due to a day of mourning for the death of Chief Oliver Red Cloud, the last recognized Oglala Lakota Tribal Civil Chief. AGF is grateful not only to be working with these women but also for the beautiful new products we have added to the Pine Ridge collection. We have finalized our gorgeous leather Winds of Change rings and bold Lakota Beaded Wraps that are both available for purchase on our online store.
The proceeds of these, like all of our other items, along with the donations on GlobalGiving will be reinvested right back towards these women and their community. We are thrilled to have established new relationships within the community, finalized new products, and look forward to our goal of employing 20 more women on the reservation!
A Global Friendship team is set to go back to Pine Ridge Reservation to work with our partner artisans. AGF will be heading to Pine Ridge Reservation the first week of June in order to finalize the collection we have been creating. We are very excited and eager to be working with our current Pine Ridge artisans and look forward to working towards employing 20 women in the next 2 years. So far we have 5 women enrolled in the program, and one has already brought on 2 family members. We look forward to obtaining the balance of the budget to make this trip happen, and bring the collection to market.
A Global Friendship (AGF) is excited to announce we have made several solid steps forward on our newest collection with our partner artisans on the Pine Ridge Reservation. The proceeds from this collection will go to combat the shocking level of poverty (47%) on the Pine Ridge Reservation. This compares to 13% among the general population.
AGF is working with two women artisans on Pine Ridge to combine their traditional talents with our networks and economic training in an effort to create sustainable solutions. So far we have come up with beautiful bracelets, necklaces, earrings and more! Right now we are continuing to fundraise so we can produce samples of each handmade piece to make them available to our accounts all over the world and the general public, too!
Help us raise money for these designs and create financial stability for these incredible women and families, all while making the world a more beautiful place!
Thank you for your continued support!
A Global Friendship
Thanks to the help of our sponsors through GlobalGiving we have made significant progress! Through donated airline miles and car rental credits we were able to travel to Pine Ridge Reservation and oversee the training and development of the small business entrepreneurship. The Pine Ridge collection is now in pre-production and the designs are almost finalized. At the moment the project has five permanent artisans who have already started to reach out and network with other potential collaborators all with the common goal to better their community.
Sandra, a local teacher, has agreed to take the time to train artisans after showing us her phenomenal beadwork. In addition, our first partnering artisan Lana, has begun working on an original design of a sage braid bracelet. Originally a student at Wounded Knee High School, Lana was forced to drop out many years ago in order to raise her 4 children. She now lives in a trailer with her sister her boyfriend and her young kids, where she seeks to obtain her GED and utilize her jewelry making skills with AGF. With your help our Pine Ridge Reservation Campaign will eventually sustainably employ over 50 people in need of jobs, just like Lana, so lets keep the up the momentum! Finally, don’t forget to like us on Facebook and remember to take advantage of Bonus Day on October 17th when all your donations will be matched 30%!
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