International Day of the Girl

This Year’s International Day of the Girl is dedicated to focusing on ending child marriage. Child marriage robs girls around the world of their childhood, disrupts their education, limits their life opportunities, increases the risk of becoming a victim of violence and abuse and jeopardises their health.

Globally girls are on a daily basis entered into marriage before the age of 15, leaving them vulnerable and defenseless to the high risks of early and unwanted pregnancies, which poses life-threatening risks for the girls. It has been found that in less economically developed countries (LEDC’s) of the world, girls between the ages of 15 and 20 are more susceptible to experiencing pregnancy related complications which is causing the increased death of girls in this age group.

Therefore by aiding in the cause to prevent child marriage we will help in protecting girls’ rights and help reduce the risks of violence, early pregnancy, HIV infection, and maternal death and disability, as well as many other life threatening aspects they may face.

At Seed of Hope, girls who are disadvantaged and vulnerable to the snares of child marriage are given hope for a better future. They are provided with two years of free vocational, business and life skills, which allows them to stay in school and avoid being married off early. They are provided with skills that increase their confidence and perception of life, readying them for challenges they may face in the future. They are able build a foundation for a better future for themselves and their families, based on more valuable decisions and commitments that they enter into.

We asked some of our students to share their thoughts on child marriage. Here’s what they had to say.

Purity

“Early marriage for young girls causes them to commit suicide. As young girls we should try to keep ourselves away from harmful things which may bring pain and sorrow to our hearts. As a student at Seed of Hope I have escaped many things which could have been harmful to my life. I have learned how to control myself and would advise young girls to take responsibility for their lives. Seed of Hope is a secure place, where a true seed is planted in young teenage girls. A seed that will never die.”

Adhiambo

“Early marriage can lead to drug abuse or sexual abuse. This may be because your husband is not providing or not catering for your needs, so you decide to use drugs or have sex to get money to buy food, clothes, and other human needs. Early marriage can lead to unwanted pregnancies. That’s why when you take a walk in slum areas you will find many children are dumped in latrines or sewage because the mother can not afford to raise the child. Seed of Hope has provided me with a place to call home and shown me that mo matter how hard life is you can get through it.”

 Faith

“Before I joined Seed of Hope I was hopeless and was planning to get married. Early marriage means small girls are misused in society and some die from abortion, others are homeless. Seed of Hope has helped create a better plan for the future.”

 

 

 

Mariam

“As a young teenage girl I can stand by saying that early marriage is very dangerous, because they lead to early motherhood and others get miscarriages because their wombs are very weak to carry the baby. Others are forced by their parents, just for the money and by the end of the day the girl is the one in trouble because the man beats her without mercy. Seed of Hope has helped me know I can harvest what I plant, with the help of the almighty Seed of Hope staff.”

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Emma’s Experience at Seed of Hope

Recently, we were able to enjoy the company of a volunteer from New Zealand, named Emma Bevernage. Coming from a background in graphic design, Emma had the desire to do something “crafty” this summer and so she decided to come work alongside Crafted/Seed of Hope.

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Emma contributed to Seed of Hope Nairobi in many ways. She was able to pass on some of her knowledge of design which was very beneficial to some of our second year students. She taught them a short course on design where each girl was able to develop their own design and follow through to creating a finished project.

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On her last day at Seed of Hope, she held a design contest between the six second year students for the most creative design. We all had a great time celebrating her willingness to spend time with us.

These are some of the things she had to say about her time with us:

“As a graphic designer with hardly any experience in other areas, and not wanting to spend all my time in Kenya behind a computer, I was a little worried I wouldn’t find a place to get involved for my three months in Nairobi. Debs and the team at Seed of Hope gave me the perfect balance of challenging me in new ways and giving me work I was familiar with – I did a little bit of design work and also taught some design process ideas to a small group of second year students. I loved my time with them. I was challenged and inspired by their joyful attitudes and resilience. I’m a big fan of the Seed of Hope programme and will really miss the staff and students. Asante sana!!”

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Last but definitely not least, we want to thank her for putting together a new catalogue for our beautiful Kushuka Collection which includes photos by Simon Dixon. If you wish to see this catalogue, please email us at Crafted@vision-africa.org for a copy of the PDF file.

THANK YOU EMMA!!

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The Kushuka Collection has made for GREAT SALES!

You heard us! The Kushuka Collection that was launched March 31st, just a few months back, has been selling out! 

When the the Seed of Hope graduates and 2nd years along with UK designer Sheila Dhariwal, began to develop the collection, they had no idea where we would be sitting just over 3 months later. We’ve been able to stock and restock pieces at our stockist, Spinner’s Web and we’ve sold to individual clients at many different craft events. It has been a true blessing to see how their work has paid off. Last month, the girls even started to work on developing the NEW Kushuka bracelet, which can be made from any fabric desirable. 

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We’ve also just recently sent Sheila a large order to sell to those in the UK and for her birthday, she treated herself and treated us by purchasing one of the necklaces! 

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The piece that Sheila had purchased is the piece you see here on our graduate, Priscillah just a few months ago!

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Just a few weeks ago, some friends of Seed of Hope Nairobi stopped by and Purity, our head girl, got to witness her own creation being sold as a one-of-a-kind piece. The look on her face was priceless!Image

 

We thank our supporters for continuing to fuel inspiration into our teenagers. The graduates are paid fairly for their work and 100% of the proceeds go back into training more teenagers for a self-sustainable future. You are truly giving young men and women a second chance in life to achieve their dreams. You are planting a “Seed of Hope” and “Crafting a Brighter Future”! So from all of us here, we just want to say THANK YOU!

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What’s NEXT for Crafted

You’ve seen this…

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and you’ve probably seen these…

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…but get excited because Crafted is stewing up something new. We have our Kushuka collection being displayed and sold at the Edinburgh Festival in the UK next month and not only that, but we’ve been working hard on a BRAND NEW collection for the Festival of African Fashion and Arts coming up VERY SOON!

Stay tuned!!

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Experiencing Soko Soko

Soko Soko was a wonderful weekend long crafting event that we were able to be a part of. On the 19th and 20th of May, we went to New Muthaiga, set up our stall and weren’t quite sure what to expect. Fortunately, we met some very nice people who were willing to purchase some of our products.

Saturday, we had one of our first year students, Lilian, to help sell some new pieces of the Kushuka Kollection. Sunday, second year student and head girl, Purity came to finish off the weekend. It was very hot, but that didn’t stop the people from coming out to have a look!

We launched the new Kushuka clutch bag as well as the Kushuka bracelet, made with Kanga and Kitenge fabrics. We sold some of each of the new designs and were very pleased with the feedback. With some stock still available after the event, we’ve been able to continue selling and our goal is to keep selling!

Visit our facebook page (www.facebook.com/craftedkenya) for more photos of the designs and don’t forget to order your favorite. We can produce the pieces in customizable color choices so contact us at crafted@vision-africa.org for more information!

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SokoSoko Craft Fair

Where will you be on Saturday May 19th or Sunday May 20th?

We know where you SHOULD be! Crafted will be displaying some of their products at the Soko Soko Craft Market. This event will be held at the New Muthaiga Shopping Mall and will be such a great time, you won’t want to miss it!

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to see what Crafted has to offer!  Crafted sells exquisite, handmade, African crafts that are all made by disadvantaged teenagers from the Seed of Hope Centres.  Craft a brighter future by supporting us today!

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The Kushuka Collection is HERE!

Once again, it has been a while since we’ve posted anything from Crafted, but that does not mean we haven’t been busy! Our girls have been working hard to create the newest collection of jewellery by Crafted, Kushuka.

Beautifully Crafted and modeled by Ann

With help of international designer, Sheila Dhariwal, Seed of Hope Nairobi was able to produce and present this collection to the community at Vision Africa’s first Kumi Kommunity event. It took place on the 31st of March and displayed many beautiful creations from the Crafted team.

The Kushuka Collection involves an exciting and unique concept that can be produced for casual wear, but also includes evening, bridal, and couture pieces for a special occasion. Each piece from the initial collection was produced by two current students at Seed of Hope Nairobi, as well as two of our highly-skilled graduates and our Crafted intern, Allison.

The fabrics and other materials used come from all over the world in places such as West Africa, South East Asia, India, and the UK. Each necklace is a fair-trade product, made ethically to provide Seed of Hope students and graduates with an opportunity to start or continue running their own local businesses.

 

To purchase, or for more information, please email us at crafted@vision-africa.org.

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