Monday, October 09, 2006

Bahati-Tanzania: A Link Can Be A Lifeline

Located in Arusha, Bahati-Tanzania is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping women. It began when its founder, Kerstin Cameron, was wrongfully imprisoned for the supposed murder of her husband. She spent a year in prison along with a few other women who, like her, were also wrongfully imprisoned. The conditions were harsh - no sanitation, poor meals, little to no medical care, and awful housing conditions. When she was finally released a year later, she set out to help the women who suffered alongside her. Kerstin set up a half-way house and started a Beadwork business. Today she employs a number of women who design beautiful beadwork and she has recently set up a website to sell online. You can read more about this organization and view their products by clicking on the title above.

According to Kerstin, "One of our main objects is to create awareness, so thank you so much for your help. We started our little beading workshop to try and be as self-sufficient as possible and not to rely on donations alone. We are grateful for any hints or suggestions also [where] designwork etc is concerned". Kerstin's email is on her website, so if you have any suggestions, I'm sure she'd love to hear from you.

I am writing this post to ask everyone to take a look at Kerstin's website and to consider adding her link to your website or blog to help support her efforts. We have a wonderful and strong community of Beaders online and a link from us can be a lifeline for an organization like this. I think this is a great way that we, both as beaders and as women, can support one another, no matter where we live in this world.

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