I was sent two pair of these beautiful hand crafted earrings from the folks at The Nest, the Sparrow Fund’s Etsy shop. I love that they are all unique and made by hand, not one pair is a exactly like another! It really adds to the charm of these one of a kind pieces of jewelry and they are very reasonable as well (ranging from $6-20).
They are individually hand-rolled by refugee women living in Kenya, women who are dealing with the long-term effects of war and HIV, not to mention the countless children orphaned by the same tragedies. These women roll recycled magazine and calendar pages into paper beads which are varnished to make them durable and water-resistant. (Yes, these beautiful pieces are made of paper, although they look like hand blown glass!)
Here’s what is so wonderful about The Nest — the proceeds from each purchase supports adoptive families, both in the United States and in Kenya. It’s the Sparrow Fund’s full-circle approach to support for adoption; it helps provide an income to the Kenyan women who are caring for the orphans in their community as well as provides grants to adoptive families in the United States.
The Sparrow Fund is committed to encouraging and supporting families as they prepare for adoption, through grants to help pay for medical reviews of the child who may become their own, pre-adoption counseling and support, and post-adoption support as the child becomes part of their family. The central idea behind the Sparrow Fund is “one.” One more child with a forever family…and one less orphan in the world.
The Sparrow Fund was founded by Kelly and Mark Raudenbush. Kelly, who describes herself as a “mother of 4 whose life was forever changed through adoption of a little girl with CHD from China,” writes the splendid little blog, I Overthink Everything. I encourage you to check it out. Kelly is so passionate about adoption — sharing her experience, her support, and her help to other families who are contemplating adoption, in the midst of the process, and following an adoption.
At the Etsy shop, The Nest, all proceeds go to benefit adoptive families through the Sparrow Fund. You can get some awesome gifts at The Nest, too — unique, charming pieces with a great cause behind them, all at a cost that is in your budget, and support a much needed cause for those is need. Win-Win for all those involved! Think Christmas Gifts!!! For that special someone that has it all!!
The Earrings I received look very similar to these, and you have the chance of winning the pair of your choice! Just fill out the simple Rafflecopter form below for your chance! Giveaway will end Monday Nov 21st at midnight! Winner will be announce Tuesday by Noon. Winner has 48 Hours to contact me or a new winner will be chosen.