Artisans from USA
Begin Anew Refugee Artisan Group
Begin Anew’s mission is “to empower individuals in Middle Tennessee to overcome obstacles caused by poverty by providing education, mentoring, and resources.” Begin Anew’s south Nashville, TN, location is a Christian Women’s Job Corps site where refugees learn to speak English, develop job skills, and receive words of eternal hope. With the support of WorldCrafts, the Begin Anew Refugee Artisan group provides sustainable incomes that empower and transform the lives of those who’ve had to flee their home countries due to war, terrorism, and persecution.
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.
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.
Fleeing persecution in their native countries, such as Sudan, Bhutan, Burma, and Egypt, refugees often encounter new and threatening challenges upon arrival in the United States. Children are drawn into crime, parents are treated with disdain and overworked, and even basic tasks seem like impossible puzzles. Refugee Beads exists to provide hope, a sense of community, and needed income for refugees living in the Atlanta area. The jewelry created by these women is marketed across America to benefit their families. Many of the women are the wives of refugee pastors serving their own people groups.
Sex trafficking is the fastest growing criminal industry. Trafficked women feed a worldwide demand for sex slaves, prostitution, and pornography. Poverty and the fear of uncertain futures leave these women vulnerable to the lure of traffickers. In the midst of this criminal world, The WellHouse fights human trafficking as it extends God’s grace and creates opportunities for restoration to exploited women. Here, trafficked victims enter a safe residential environment where they receive spiritual, mental, emotional and physical support. By purchasing this jewelry created by a human trafficking survivor, you join the battle against exploitation and share hope, love, and courage.