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It is important for us to contribute in the way we can. We focus on supporting women and donate to different, non-profit organizations that for example keeps young girls in school, breaking the cycle of girl marriages and early motherhood. Organizations that helps the women those who need it the most.
Many of the products we sell are manufactured by local craftsmen in Mexico and Morocco and in different ways we give back to the countries and to the artisans who create fantastic artwork that we sell in our stores.
Let´s make a difference!
I AM YOUR SISTER
This T-shirt and Sweatshirt is a statement to show appreciation to all the women who in different ways support and inspires us in life. It´s so important that we accept each other's differences and think about how we can help, support and inspire other women in everyday life. The sisterhood is an incredible powerful phenomenon!
We asked ourselves how we can make a difference, long term and here and now. We have daughters in different ages, and over the years we’ve had numerous discussions about how girls and women are treated.
With this message, we want to highlight the importance that we, regardless of gender and age, think about how we can support and stand up for other women.
The result is the I AM YOUR SISTER T-shirt and Sweatshirt where parts of the revenue goes to ALLA KVINNORS HUS which means ”All Women’s House”. A non-profit organisation that provide free counseling and offer sheltered accommodation to women that are victims of violence.
PROJECT SOAR – EMPOWERING MOROCCAN GIRLS
Project Soar is a non-profit organization, registered in the U.S. and in Morocco. The organization was co-founded in 2012 with the goal to empower under-served Moroccan girls through art, sports, and health education. We help keep girls aged 9-14 years in school, breaking the cycle of girl marriages and early motherhood, and preparing girls to have productive and fulfilled futures.
Project Soar works one neighborhood and one girl at a time. The organization is currently working in the neighborhood, Douar Ladaam, on the outskirts of Marrakesh, serving three villages in the area. We work closely together with the parents and the local administration and have prosperous cooperation.
One, two, three, Girl Power! A huge thanks to @valoriwells and @amybutlerdesign and their retreat for teaching the girls of Project Soar finger knit. Out of just a piece of yarn, the girls made colorful necklaces, bracelets and hair wraps. What a fun morning at Project Soar!
Every Sunday Project Soar arranges educational activities such as running classes, chess clubs, English lessons, skateboard training and lessons in public speaking etc. Excursions and summer camps are also part of the Project Soar program and a doctor is visiting Project Soar regularly to teach the girls how to take care of their health and hygiene.
At Project Soar, they try to expose girls to new things that activate their mind and body. This week it was karate led by Amina, a volunteer instructor from Marrakech.
The purpose of these activities is primarily to build confidence and self-esteem for the girls but also educate them in areas that are not provided by the Moroccan school system. To participate in Project Soar the girls need to have full attendance in school.
These girls are pretty happy to be breaking in the new salon/lounge area of our Headquarters. During the daily "open hours," girls are welcome to use this fun and comfy safe space to read, play educational games or just talk about whatever it is that's on their minds.
LetGirlsLearn Exchange Program toured universities in Washington DC encouraging girls to reach higher. At Project Soar they prepare girls to excel inside and outside of the classroom supporting them on the path to attend college.
The vision for Project Soar 2017-2019 is to roll out the successful concept to more villages and girls in Morocco. We have created “Project Soar-in-a-box” that provides content and instructions how to conduct the activities and secure the quality of the education. We are currently looking for cooperation with organizations and individuals who can help us launch Project Soar in new villages across all of Morocco.
Affirmations serve as a reminder that all girls are strong, smart, capable and worthy. The Project Soar girls recite these affirmations with passion every week prior to their workshops.
To be able to reach the Project Soar vision and help more Moroccan girls to stay in school funding and support is needed. Together we can make a real difference.
Fundación Cielo is working to end the cycle of inter-generational poverty in the Yucatan by improving the health, education and leadership skills of the Yucatan People, one community at a time.
In the summers the interns are running Children’s Activities with the purpose being to provide an educational experience in a fun environment. Many children stop attending school after elementary school because their families cannot afford the books, uniforms and transportation that they need.
ACTIVITIES SO FAR THIS SUMMER
Our lesson on Tuesday began with asking the children what their favorite animal is. Many said lions and tigers and butterflies! We then told them how they can do their part to help save their favorite animals' home and the planet. After the lesson, we had them team up and race to pick up the most trash. The team that gathered the most litter won!
Thanks to all our customers who bought our hammocks from mexico. together with you, we have contributed with christmas gifts of supplies to the weavers and their families.
We are so happy and proud to be a part of 2015 Christmas gift and the ”give back network”, Fundacion Cielo. The event took place the 9th of January, in Mayapan, one of the main villages where the weavers live. Buckets with home utensils, basic foods, toys for the children and a few Pinatas were delivered. There were also games organized with nice prices for the children, which was a lot of fun.
Mayanpan is a beautiful town located in the heart of the peninsula and carries the name of an important Mayan ruin site. Although rich in history and traditions, its very underdeveloped and its population lives under the poverty line.
We are really thrilled to be part of this ”giving back event” to all the talented weavers.
They continued learning about the environment in our next lesson. The children learned all about butterflies. They now understand the life cycle of a butterfly and the migration patterns of Monarch Butterflies. In case you didn’t know, Monarch Butterflies migrate from Canada to Mexico by the thousands. When they arrive in Mexico, they completely cover trees! The children then taught us a little bit about butteflies. In Mexico, it is illegal to kill one!
The sex education class and the smaller children learning English.
IN ADDITION TO ALL OF OUR HARD WORK WITH THE CHILDREN’ ACTIVITIES, THIS WEEK WE ALSO:
- Sponsored a sexual education class for 94 students at the secondary school in Teabo
- Played soccer with Constantino (Fundación Cielos’ Co-Founder)
- Taught private English classes
- Hosted a pizza and game night with doctors
- Danced our butts off at Zumba with the locals
- Started our English Classes for the kids
- Visited Mayan Ruins in Izamal
- Attended a political rally for youths
- ..... And much more!
Many of the products we sell are manufactured by local craftsmen in the Mexican countryside. World Market Stockholm is contributing to create livelihoods and jobs for some of those who need it the most.
But we want to do more than that . Therefore, we have chosen to support the organization Fundacion Cielos, which fights poverty among the Mayans in Mexico. Among other things, the organization offers women work.
This in turn means that families receive the financial means to send their children to school. For many, a job is not only food on the table - that determines whether the family has a future or not. We contribute by donating a part the sales revenue of the products manufactured in Mexico. We are also involved in financing a Christmas gift, consisting of household goods, food and other necessities to the families included in the network of weavers, as thanks for their work during the year.
Mayan women receving their Christmas gift 2014.
The Cielo project means very much to families living in poor Mayan villages
To have the oportunety to go to school makes the future brighter for many girls.