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HCJ Gala Raises Over $10,000 Benefiting Largely Poor Communities Across Asia and Africa

HandCrafting Justice had great success this year with its spring fundraising gala, which supports handmade crafts made by artisans at fair wages that live and work in impoverished communities across the globe.

Photo from HandCrafting Justice’s spring fundraising gala taken by Kyriaki Venetis.

“Over $10,000 was raised during the event from combined ticket sales, the silent auction, and the sale of products,” said Teresa Baxter, publicity coordinator with HCJ. The vast majority of the products at the event came from cooperatives of women working to rise up from socially difficult and impoverished circumstances throughout Asia and Africa.

HCJ is a non-profit project of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd that markets over 1,000 different items through its website, wholesalers, and special events.

Photo from HandCrafting Justice’s spring fundraising gala taken by Kyriaki Venetis.

This event included hand-woven handbags made at the Euphrasia Center for Women in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, as well as in other localities in the country, including Embu and Kangeta-Meru.

In Nairobi, the center offers shelter and services to numerous poor women and girls – especially adolescents and orphans – that are often the victims of violence, prostitution, and abuse.

Today, the community in Nairobi similar to the one in Embu runs three operations: a crisis center, a training center for women, and an income-generating project for women. The crisis center also takes in women from outside of Kenya, including from Rwanda, Ethiopia, Uganda, and Tanzania.

The training program at the center provides the women with courses in learning how to knit, weave, and tailor different products, including necklaces, baskets, bags, tablecloths, and clothes.

Specifically, the Euphrasian Kiondo Basket Weaving Project, located in Nairobi, Embu, and Kangeta-Meru, works to create a sustainable source of income for some of the poorest women by providing skills training, a production facility, and marketing the basket weaving.

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