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Help Uganda Orphans and Widows First Hand!
By Julie Ferwerda
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isaac, his siblings, and the womenWant to give money to poor directly and see immediate results? Do you have a heart for orphans and widows? Consider joining our Uganda necklace mission today!

Awhile back, I featured a story of Isaac, the Uganda "arrow" whose parents died when he was a child and who wants to make a difference in Uganda. Isaac and his two siblings, Lionel and Penny, are being given the opportunity to go to school and to have a future. Today, we can join in helping them!

working womenI met Isaac when he sent me his story online. I have no idea how he found our website, but I'm sure it had to do with Googling orphan ministries, something near and dear to his heart. It was then I discovered that Isaac began supplying another group in the midwest with handmade paper bead necklaces, bracelets, and purses, in order to help raise the support money he and his siblings need as they go through college. And that's not all. The demand grew so high that Isaac began including poor widows in the deal so they could make enough money to survive. Now Isaac oversees (and even helps) widows in three different locations who all help make the bead goods (Isaac and his two siblings are pictured with some of the widows in both photos).

pink necklaceIs this operation legit? I have spoken to the man in the midwest who was originally helping Isaac get a start in life. Robert and his family have been to Africa to meet with Isaac, his siblings, and the widows on more than one occasion. In fact, Robert's family has "adopted" the siblings, committing to the well being and relationship with the three for life.

So how can you help? You can make an immediate, tangible difference for 3 orphans and many widows by purchasing necklaces directly from me (I send an online invoice that you pay with a credit card). Though you can't opt to pick out individual necklaces (unless you live in my town--then you can!), you can indicate color (or variety) as well as price range.

  • $10 buys shorter length necklaces
  • $12 buys longer length necklaces (can usually be doubled)

I currently have 3 small red bowls and 2 purses, but more could be ordered by color in the future! If you are interested in more info on these items, contact me!

Necklaces come in colors like medium green, blue-green, red, purple, orange, yellow, multi, and black (see photos below). You can also order a variety. Sell them or give them to friends and family. The beads are made out of dyed newsprint (you can even see letters on many of the beads), and then are shellacked.

Here's a cool thing. Some of my friends, my daughter in college, and I got together this month (and a couple blog tour participants) and together we were able to purchase $700 worth of necklaces. When I sent this money to Robert to send to Isaac, he told me that in Uganda, $700 is enough to take care of all the widows as well as to cover tuition for Isaac and his two siblings for the next couple months! (I also heard back from Isaac when he received the money and he and all the women were SO grateful!).

These women are working so hard with the hopes of being cared for. I love the idea of helping someone first hand, so I hope you'll join our vision. I have about 120 necklaces left, and I'd love to sell them quickly so we can have the money available for the coming months of caring for these women.

Consider joining our vision today!

Photos of the goods!

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About The Author

Julie Ferwerda with orphanJulie is recognized for making the Bible exciting and relevant to everyday life through her writing and speaking. Her articles are featured in many Christian magazines and websites for both adults and teens, and she frequently volunteers her time and talents to international orphan ministry. When not doing all these things, she lives by her mantra: Life is short, nap hard. Learn more at: »

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