*Top necklace is the Elizabeth necklace, thin two stranded necklace is Kassim!
The Kassim necklace is a go-to necklace for any outfit and not only layers well with all of our large beaded jewelry but with sweaters, cardigans and business attire. Warm tones, long length. Approximately 50-60 inches in length.
Waiting for our arrival to celebrate the successes of our businesses!
When we arrived for a meeting with the ladies of the bead group, they were waiting for us ready to celebrate.
Volunteer Riley gets invited to dance!
Irene takes turns with everyone. Go Diane!
It was amazing to be greeted by this dance party!
Jean, the founder of our project, and Irene take the center of the dance circle.
Irene and Theresa!
Volunteer Theresa “holding” some loooong necklaces.
The beautiful Ritah, one of the women in the bead group, she also happens to be the social worker for our school.
We were amazed by the craftsmanship by these women!
Anxiously waiting for us to buy from them!
Irene, the head of the group, made a “few” things for us. She’s been BUSY!
Theresa selecting pieces to bring back to the US.
Isn’t her outfit amazing?
Tonya, Pam and Theresa working their way through the classrooms that were full of the women hoping to sell their jewelry.
Some of the kids wanted to see what was going on. Some future artisans, perhaps?
Jewelry buying interrupted by a little rain. And by a little rain, we mean a monsoon! Response by the ladies? What else but a little singing!
Volunteer Renee shows the short film we made featuring them.
We loved watching their faces while they were watching the video!
Their faces are priceless.
We had to show them the video twice!
Diana and Delia show them some examples of jewelry and discuss craftsmanship.
Our volunteer Theresa wrote this upon her arrival back to the US.
Well I’m back from Africa and the list of things that I have a new appreciation for is extensive; from toilet seats, running water, the ability to wash my hands any time I want, salads and for that matter all fresh vegetables, modern medicine, shoes, prenatal care, beds, and so so much more. One of the things that I am most grateful for is knowing people who are ready and willing to put their time, money and energy into a project to make a difference for people who are not afforded the opportunity to take any of the above mentioned items for granted, Renee Jelinek, Jon Jelinek, Riley Jelinek, Pam McCormick, Jean Kaye-Wilson and Tonya Tooley to name a few. Uganda was amazing and the people who live there are so inventive, fun and overall pleasant. The sense of community that the people in that area have is impressive, taking care of several children that are not their own without recognition or compensation is admirable. This trip opened my eyes to what people are capable of making when they are left with few resources and how life is lived in moments, not in years.
Thank you to everyone who has ordered jewelry in the last couple of months! You have no idea how much it means to us! We’re very excited because we have headed back to Uganda and can’t wait to share with you more about the amazing people of Masese and of course, hope to bring you more beautiful hand crafted jewelry!
In the meantime, check out our new Rosary design on BiggerThanBeads.com and some new images of our jewelry!