A few months ago, I spent some time doing volunteer work in Kenya through the volunteer agency International Volunteer HQ. I stayed with a Kenyan family and volunteered at an orphanage, Internally Displaced Persons camps, and with the Masai (warrior tribes in Kenya). It was an extremely moving experience.
Kibera is the largest slum in Nairobi, Kenya, and one of the largest in all of Africa with over one million people living there. Conditions are terrible, with most residents lacking access to even the most basic of needs such as running water.
Kibera Project Recycled Jewelry is a community organization that makes beautiful jewelry out of gathered cow bones. Organized through DirectAida, a friend of mine brought some jewelry back to the United States to sell on behalf of the Kibera organization, and I offered to post them on my blog. 100% of the proceeds from the jewelry go directly to helping the residents of the Kibera slum.
The belts are handmade by my friend Izzo, who runs Marafiki Community International. Marafiki helps take care of the Kenyans living in the horrific conditions of the Internally Displaced Persons camps, full of people who lost everything, from their houses to their family members, in the awful riots after the 2007 elections. Proceeds from belt sales go to support people in the IDP camps.
Please contact me if you’re interested in purchasing anything. All prices are in US dollars, plus shipping.