At the BioElectric Shield Company, we are part of a world community. The amount of suffering that exists around the globe is unknown to most of us. There are incredible organizations who have taken direct action to transform individual lives from despair to incredible gratitude and joy. What a privilege it is to support the big-hearted individuals who have gone to the field to help others in dire need.
Our mission is to help you find increasing levels of health, balance, love and joy in your life, we share with you some of the people, organizations and companies that are making a difference in so many ways.
We are constantly coming across new information, so be sure and check back from time to time.
If you know of others that we might be interested in, please feel free to email us a link.
INTERESTED IN LEARNING ABOUT ANOTHER CULTURE, LEARNING A FOREIGN LANGUAGE?
Host a Foreign Exchange Student for a Semester or a School Year
Students will arrive in late August
- Have been screened and interviewed in their home – with their parents and separately.
- Are typically “A” or “A/B” students.
- Have their own monthly spending money
- Pay for all of their school expenses, including lunch, their clothes, toiletries, and entertainment when they go out with friends
- Have their own health/dental and liability insurance
- Will help with chores around the home
- Are coming to practice their English, learn about our culture, and to share their culture with us.
- Program rules – no drinking, no smoking, no sex, no drugs, no driving, no tattoos and no piercings
- Must pass a background investigation
- Need to treat the student like a family member, not a guest
- Need a separate bed, not necessarily a separate room
International Experience USA also has a program for students from the U.S. who would like to study abroad. Our website is www.ie-usa.com
Women for Women International
Women for Women is an extraordinary organization that is restoring life, joy and self-respect to women who have been brutalized by war. They are actively training women to create businesses and restore respect and income to support their families.
Please watch this video, and if it's in your heart, share $27 a month to lift someone from despair to joy. After the video, you can read a summary of their program. Visit their www.womenforwomen.org to learn more and become a sponsor. We are sponsoring women right now and feel it's one way we can bring something positive to places where there is much suffering and darkness.
HUB - Humanity Unites Brilliance
One other group that is also doing very empowering work globally is HUB. In HUB, all races, religions, and nationalities come together for global transformation and sustainable impact. HUB unites some of the most effective non-profit and for-benefit organizations to create our total package – of food, water, education, environmental and vocational training, financial literacy and micro-lending.
To visit their website and learn more about their work, please go to HUB and then choose the IMPACT link to learn more about how you can support the people in the field doing this important work. They have also set up educational programs for their members. The impact section will show you what programs they are already implementing.
I, (AnnaMariah), was at a trade show and met Martii Guidim a partner in Intentional Serenity. The minute I met her I just loved her. As we talked she shared her story and the vision of Intentional Serenity. "Empowering children and families to live in their possibilities."
Martii and her partner Teena Dietz and their team are working with families to give them hope and new tools to create lives with possibilities and intentionality. I just love the idea of a new generation of children who know that they aren't victims, who can take charge of their lives. It's heart-warming and adds a lot of hope.
Fair Trade - Helping out one bead at a time
Some of our favorite beads are from a couple organizations that are really working to promote fair trade and helping communities become sustainable.
Check our Shield Jewelry to see new editions in both Kazuri Bead and Karen Hill Tribe Silver.
The Kazuri Story
Lady Susan Wood - Kazuri Founder - Lady Susan Wood was born (1918) in a mud hut in an African village. Her parents were missionaries from England in the Ituri Forest. Lady Wood was sent back to England to be educated and married Michael Wood, a surgeon. They came to Kenya in 1947. They were dedicated to making a difference and Lady Wood started a coffee plantation on the Karen Blixen estate, famous from the award winning movie "Out of Africa" , at the foot of the Ngon'g Hills, about 30 minutes from the bustling Nairobi city center in Kenya. Lady Wood was a visionary, an unsung hero of her time. She assisted her husband in founding the East African Flying Doctor Service, which expanded into the African Medical Research Foundation (AMREF) of which Michael Wood was Director General for 29 years. Michael Wood was knighted in 1985.
The beginnings of Kazuri Beads
In 1975, Lady Susan Wood set up a fledgling business making beads in a small shed in her back garden. She started by hiring two disadvantaged women, and quickly realized that there were many more women who were in need of jobs and so Kazuri Beads was created and began its long and successful journey as a help center for the needy women especially single mothers who had no other source of income. In 1988 Kazuri became a factory and expanded hugely with over 120 women and men. Here women are trained and apply their skills to produce these unique and beautiful beads and jewelry. The beads are made with clay from the Mt Kenya area thus giving them authenticity to their craft. The factory acts as a social gathering with the hum of voices continuing throughout the day. With unemployment so high, one jobholder often ends up providing for an "extended family" of 20 or more. Kazuri is a member of the Fair Trade Act
Kazuri Beads Today
Kazuri, the Swahili word for 'small and beautiful' produces a wide range of hand made, hand painted ceramic jewelry that shines with a kaleidoscope of African colors and Kenyan art that reflects a culture and appeal to a worldwide fashion market. Kazuri's beautifully finished products are made to an international standard and are sold worldwide. These standards are maintained through high training standards and a highly motivated management team.
In 2001 Mark and Regina Newman bought the company and their goal is to further increase the size of the company and to maintain the guiding philosophy ... to provide employment opportunities for disadvantaged members of Kenyan Society.
The Karen Hill Tribe
The Karen Hill Tribe makes some incredible fine quality silver beads. The silver they use is 95-98% pure (vs 92.5% for sterling)
Here's a little information from one of my suppliers about how our support and purchases of this fine silver is making a difference and helping a people retain their culture.
I don't have the full story on their operation and how many villages it supports and all that yet but you might be interested in some further information about them and some of the organizations that are helping them.
Please share your stories and links to organizations who are making a difference.
f you have a project you are involved in or know about that is making a difference, please share with us, and we'll add it to our "Giving Back" page. The more we can all network and share the love, the more there is.
With love and gratitude
Virginia & Carolyn