Give Beads for Health
is a non-profit organization which helps to improve youth health care and education. In 1997, after an American trained doctor visited Ghana in West Africa, it was evident to them that there was a need for an improved health care delivery system where no one would be turned away from immediate care. They now have a fifty bed hospital which is open twenty-four hours a day and seven days a week ran by several doctors and nurses. They also have a youth group being educated in becoming health aids and in computer literacy. Most of them are the sole providers for their families so helping them to sell their fair trade allows them to learn to make a better living for themselves.
AYD&H has different
which aid in supporting Ghana and the youth there as well helping people locally in the Inland Empire. One of their projects,
, is an Etsy shop ran by Mavis. All of the jewelry and accessories are being sold to help keep their hospital doors open and support the families there in Ghana. Their items are crafted with beads called Krobo beads which are made from recycled glass bottles as well as other glass items. They carefully grind them and add a ceramic dye to the powder to create different colors and then place them into a mold to be baked in a handmade kiln (a thermally insulated chamber which is a type of oven).
This bracelet from their shop is an amazing work of art and is one of a kind item which makes it even more beautiful. I have also seen some of their other items in person including a couple of their
which are so lovely!
Besides their Etsy shop, you can also support AYD&H by making a
and keeping up-to-date with them on their
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