CWJC of Madison County, AL
CWJC of Madison County, Alabama, provides intensive courses that include Bible study and computer classes, completely free of charge. Each student is assigned a mentor, and each mentor is committed to a one-on-one relationship to help build the student's self-esteem, self-confidence and skills essential to success in life and work. Through its partnership with WorldCrafts, women are able to earn an income making leather earrings with leather donated from Holtz Leather Company, a local, family-owned business that is committed to making an impact on the lives of people in their community.
CWJC of Monroe, LA
High unemployment rates. Widespread poverty. These are the realities of life for many women in Monroe, Louisiana. To support these women, CWJC of Monroe, LA, provides encouragement, love, spiritual training and other tools for a better life. As a WorldCrafts artisan group, the women are learning to create beautiful crafts along with the promise of providing economically for their families in a safe and loving environment. Through its partnership with WorldCrafts, the women see the promises of their Father come to life – they now have a future and a hope as they are able to provide for the basic needs of their families. One artisan says that this work has given her a sense of self-worth and the knowledge that “with God’s help I can do things I never dreamed I could do.”
The artisans are so grateful for your support. "I pray for the person who will purchase the item I am making. I ask God to bless them and their family, and I thank Him for allowing them to be a blessing to me and my family."
You can also order custom products from CWJC of Monroe at WorldCrafts.org/CWJCMonroeCustomOrders.
CWJC of Rusk County Texas
Kristina came from a background of abuse and drugs. After crying out to God to save her in her early 20s, she started a new chapter in her life by joining the Christian Women’s Job Corps of Rusk County, Texas. Tutors at the CWJC helped Kristina complete her GED, allowing her to pursue her dream of becoming a nurse. The CWJC of Rusk County exists to give women like Kristina a chance to get back on her feet. Women who come to them can receive instruction in basic job skills, GED and literacy tutoring, and English-as-a-second-language courses. They also have the opportunity to earn supplemental income by working in the small jewelry and crafts business at the site. Kristina designs the colorful Fruit of the Spirit Bracelet, which was the first product CWJC has offered through WorldCrafts.
Eden Ministries serves to restore freedom for the captives of Asia’s red-light districts through holistic programs—transforming body, mind, and spirit. Young women rescued from human trafficking and sexual exploitation are provided a new career, skill training, and counseling—empowering young women for a new life and future.
Eden’s jewelry is handcrafted by rescued young women like Yen. Yen was full of anticipation when her older cousin promised a well-paying job at a restaurant in the big city. However, when Yen arrived in the city, she was immediately drugged, locked in a brothel, and forced into sex slavery. At first she cried daily, but she soon learned to force down her tears, as the boss threatened to burn her with hot water if she cried again. After Yen met Eden’s street outreach, she was rescued and is now starting a new life at Eden.
Eden Ministries’ calling is to be a voice to the oppressed, a light to the darkness. Partners like WorldCrafts help enable Eden Ministries to live out this passion and employ more rescued young women.
For centuries, men and women in the Middle East have stitched their stories into a tapestry or carved them into olive wood. These age-old traditions are continuing to flourish with Glad Tidings in Jordan. From each sale of an item, the artisans, who are hearing-impaired, disabled, or disadvantaged, can afford to buy precious commodities such as food, clothing, shelter, and education. Despite their disabilities, the artisans joyfully finesse this traditional art, thankful that Glad Tidings did not turn them away as so many others had.
In some villages of India, a woman may not remarry, even if her husband has passed away. This tradition forces women to become the sole provider for their children, even though they don’t have any marketable skills. Godavari Women, a group of artisans that creates crocheted lace items, allows women to completely depend on their artisan skills for their income. They also gain medical insurance, first aid, eye checkups, and free eyeglasses. Godavari Women’s dream is to teach and train all 25,000 artisans living in this area to use and hone their talents.
Graffiti 2 Works
Graffiti 2 Works coaches adults in developing the physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual skills necessary for achieving his or her full potential. Learning sewing skills and selling products not only provides Graffiti 2 artisans with a job, it also helps them build self-esteem and develop relationships with each other and with our Father.
Hearts and Hands
In Yunnan Province, China, men and women with disabilities develop new skills and earn income through employment as artisans with Hearts & Hands. Those who are Deaf or otherwise physically limited—who previously found little prospect for survival—now realize “plans that will prosper and not harm them, plans for a hope and a future.” Huang Li, who leg was amputated as a child, is one artisan whose life has been changed. When asked what her sewing work means to her, she gave thanks to God, saying, “We can eat.”
Within each stitch of the Himalayan Tapestry artisans’ handiwork is a story of illiteracy, abuse within marriage, and culturally conditioned gender discrimination. While these Indian women suffer quietly, they are expected to carry the financial burden of their families. The women come to Himalayan Tapestry with little education and no basic skills and learn to quilt, tailor, read, and manage money. Working with this organization not only enables women to make money from their new talents, it also enables them to receive crisis counseling, which brings financial and emotional comfort to their troubled lives.
As markets open up, the women of Igira Impuhwe [i-GI-ru im-HU-we] in Rwanda earn needed income from the sales of their eco-friendly, handwoven grass baskets. The artisan group lifts women, like Mukangenzi Laurance, out of desperate poverty. She now rents a home, has health insurance for her family, bought clothes for the children, and rents a garden to grow food. Each woman in the group is also presented with the life-changing offer of eternal life; Mukangenzi thanks God for changing her live. Igira Impuhwe means “God is compassionate” in Kinyarwanda.