2.02.2013

The Orphaned Earring launches "For the Love of Life!"

by Pattie Cordova
All over the world, there are wonderful people who are organizing efforts to bring awareness to different causes and organizations. Like others, I'm attracted to organizations that I have worked with before, either receiving help from them personally, or have come across them in other facets of my life. The Orphaned Earring is such an organization that I support.

The Orphaned Earring is a charity that collects orphaned earrings and unwanted fashion jewelry to make bracelets which are then sold at only $7 each. One-hundred percent of the funds are used to bring monthly arts and crafts as well as other festivities to children in four different orphanages in: Guatemala, Nicaragua, Mexico and Colombia; allowing these precious children to artistically express themselves, let their imagination run wild and just be kids.


As The Orphaned Earring helps these orphanages, they have found urgent needs in the surrounding communities. For that reason, they've created the “For the Love of Life” campaign that launches TODAY, February 1st, and it focuses on providing aid to families that are in desperate need of help.

The Situation:

“For the Love of Life” will benefit an indigenous community near the Guatemalan orphanage. Since the forcible eviction of 13 indigenous communities in 2011, many families are desperately looking for shelter, food and jobs at the local coffee farms. If they are lucky, the men get hired but only for the short period of three months, after the three months they must leave with their families and a new wave of people get hired.

Their daily payment is a ration of beans and tortillas but this ration is shared with his ENTIRE family and obviously this is NOT enough. Families are allowed to stay at the finca for the 3 months where they build shacks as homes, sleep on dirt floors, have no running water and build stone fire pits for heat.
 
The Orphaned Earring discovered that the children living in these conditions are the most affected and suffering of malnutrition and ultimately dying of starvation. This happens because of the way the food must be divided. The bigger portion of the food ration must go to the father who needs the energy to work the land, the mother eats second largest portion since most of the time she is breastfeeding and needs to give nutrients to her babies. This means that the rest of their children end up with little, to no food, suffering of malnutrition and ultimately dying of starvation.

The Solution:

After some research and interviewing a few locals, The Orphaned Earring learned that a bit of oatmeal can be the difference between life and death for children and breast-feeding moms.

The Orphaned Earring is committing to bringing oatmeal to each new wave of families that come through the coffee farms. Depending on how much money they can raise, every three months they would also like to provide powdered milk and sugar. But for the moment, we will focus on providing oatmeal and do it just FOR THE LOVE OF LIFE!

Child holding oatmeal and milk made possible by The Orphaned Earring

How You Can Help:

There are simple ways for you to join in on this new For the Love of Life initiative. Please take a second and:

• Follow @OrphanedEarring on Twitter
• Like The Orphaned Earring on Facebook
• Follow The Orphaned Earring blog and leave a comment
• Donate your orphaned earrings or unwanted jewelry. Send to:
The Orphaned Earring
P.O. Box 1565
Hawthorne, CA 90251
Buy Orphaned Earring bracelets that can be ordered through the blog or place a Paypal donation

You can also help by entering the giveaway below. The bracelets are well made, the love pours through and it's really difficult to believe that you're actually helping someone when you're getting such a great bracelet yourself. Through awareness, we can help The Orphaned Earring make a difference in a child's life.


The Orphaned Earring Giveaway [CLOSED]


This is not a sponsored post. I received a bracelet as a thank you gift from The Orphaned Earring. All thoughts and opinions remain my own.