The Holiday season is here, which means it’s the time for family dinners, decorating, and gift giving. We love this time of year, because it lets us be with our loved ones, rekindle, and reconnect. And what is more important, than seeing the happiness in the eyes of someone you love, and most importantly, in the eyes of our children? They are the future that we need to protect. While some of us may be fortunate in having immediate access to the basic necessities of life, millions of children around the world are suffering from lack of access to food, shelter, and education.
In many places, children are used as laborers, immersed in armed conflict, living on the streets, or suffering by differences be it religion, minority issues, or disabilities. Currently there are about 153 million children between the ages of 5 and 14 who are forced into child labor.
One World Projects is working with many artisan partners who help underprivileged children by giving them opportunity and a hope for a better future. One of these partners is Hand in Hand, an international non-profit that is helping to rebuild Hariharananda Balashram, a school for disadvantaged children in Orissa, India. It was opened in 2004 with the aim of helping poor children to get a home, a comprehensive education and a vocational training, which otherwise would be reserved only for those children coming from richer backgrounds. Here education is the key to combating poverty and recovering after a tsunami that caused famine, droughts, as well as floods in the region.
The school works to provide physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual development for up to 480 poor and underprivileged children, irrespective of cast, religion, or gender. Each year, forty children, of kindergarten level are enrolled for twelve years of education.
Approximately 50% of the children are orphans, and the others are from the poorest families in the least developed districts of rural Orissa. Were it not for Balashram many of these children would be living in the streets, deprived of primary education, health-care, and the opportunity of productive and bright futures.
With the help of Hand in Hand, the students make these unique and colorful Holiday cards, which are then fair trade imported. 100% of the proceeds from the sales of these cards are returned to provide support for a brighter future for these children. Each package comes with six handmade cards. The message inside card reads: “Wishing you peace, joy and love this holiday season and throughout the New Year.”
This season, share a little more when you mail a card to you loved one. Bring the Christmas spirit and the holiday cheer to every home with these heartwarming and creative cards from India. Give the gift of a bright future to the children in Hariharananda Balashram by supporting their education and providing them with tools to thrive. Choose from our wonderful Holiday collection: these cards are perfect for Christmas, New Year, or any other occasion that is sure to spread the joy. Your family and friends will love the one-of-a-kind colorful design, and you will love the cause.
This Christmas, give a little more: spread the Holiday cheer with family and friends while contributing to the well-being of children who really need your support. Your care and compassion will empower their “today” for a prosperous and happy “tomorrow”!