Monday, December 7, 2009

4 Liberia Christmas Gift Market

Since I have some Liberian items left over from the big fundraiser that was held last month, I thought it would be great to offer them to my blog readers! They would all make unique Christmas gifts for your loved ones, and all of the proceeds will benefit orphans in Liberia. You can't beat that! You can click on any of the pictures for a closer look. Please contact me or leave a comment if you have any questions or would like to make a purchase. Shipping costs are not included, but should be no more than an additional $3...not including the artwork or unless you buy everything! You can pay with PayPal, check or cash. So, I present to you...the 4 Liberia Gift Market!

Christmas Cards:
Spread joy this Christmas by sending your family and friends Christmas cards with a purpose. The cards feature some of my own favorite photos of Liberia's orphans. And, the proceeds benefit Liberia's orphans!
[Pack of 10 Christmas cards with envelopes. Two of each card. $15]

All of these purses are made from traditional Liberian lappa fabric.
[Clutch made by my good friend, Joyce. $15]
[Purse above made by me. $30 each]
These two purses are made from traditional Liberian batik fabric.
[Batik purses made in Liberia, $10 each]

These earrings were made by the women at Amazing Grace, Inc. in Monrovia, Liberia. The beads are made out of recycled glass bottles. The women are make beautiful, handmade jewelry as a means to provide food for their families. These were part of the Beads4Bucks auctions I had a few months ago.
[Brown & Gold earrings or brown & pink earrings, $15 each]
[Adjustable, woven 'Liberia' bracelets. Made in Liberia. $5]

Bullet Crosses:
These bullet casings are straight from Liberia. A Liberian man, James, takes the bullets and turns them into crosses. James says that he turns the bullets into crosses because what was once meant for death and destruction can now be used for something good. I turned some of the bullet crosses into Christmas ornaments for myself by putting a hole for a ornament hook in them (like the cross in the front). Just let me know if you'd like a hole in yours--works great for ornaments, key chains or to put on a cord for a necklace!
[Bullet cross, $4]

I have an online gallery of original artwork from Liberia that you can browse. All of the artists were children during Liberia's 14 years of civil war. Check out the beautiful artwork here: Original Liberian Artwork For Sale.

Christmas Bundles:
Provide a Christmas bundle to an orphan in Liberia! You can also enclose a personalized card to the child. So far, 160 orphans will receive a bundle. Let's make sure 250 kids get a bundle this Christmas! Click here to donate a Christmas bundle!

If you have any questions, or would like to make a purchase, please leave a comment or contact me at ashley [at] orphanreliefandrescue [dot] org.

Merry Christmas!!


Justin said...

Nice idea! I am interested in doing the same sort of thing for an orphanage here in Monrovia, and would be interested on how you export the goods. Any information greatly appreciated!

Jenny said...

I just looked at the pledgebank thing and my name wasn't on it - I thought I had signed up. So, now mine are bonus pairs!

Miranda "Sibo" Paul said...

Hi there! I'm writing an article for a children's magazine based on the makers of the bullet crosses. Would you be able to ask James (or any other local craftsperson) how they got the idea, how many they've made, how much (in local currency) they sell them for, and why they do it! Feel free to get back to me anytime before August 4th, 2010 if you want to be featured in the article. Thanks! Miranda Paul, ( )