I used to believe we needed to help only those in our respective countries, which is a very shortsighted way to think. The reality is poor and needy people in all countries effect everyone on a global basis. If they don’t have the resources, the vision, the skill and the wherewithal to earn a living they become not only a drain globally and are also susceptible to worldwide diseases and open to corruption and any government that makes better promises for standards of living.
In particular is Africa a rich and varied continent that has been torn by unscrupulous dictators, warring tribes, drought, poverty, diseases and corruption.
Africa, more than any other continent, is afflicted by war and has been marred by more than 20 major civil wars since 1960. Rwanda, Somalia, Angola, Sudan, Liberia, and Burundi are among those countries that have recently suffered serious armed conflict. War has untold economic and social damage, food production is halted and famine is prevalent. Even countries have a difficulty in sending in supplies as tent cities crop up.
Whenever a company starts a business to give back to Africa or provide skills or work to people of Africa I have to write about them. 40-70% of the African Population live in slums and a child dies every 3 seconds either by AIDs or extreme poverty. More than 800 Million people in Africa go to bed hungary everyday and 300 Million of them are children. In addition due to families poverty and lack of income more than 200, 000 children are sold to slavery e every year.
Serengeti Designs is such a company who provides African women with jobs making lanyards and eyeglass retainers and in return gives back to the Children of Africa orphaned by AIDS and provides women in self employment.
Currently they offer two categories of products, eyeglass retainers (cords) and Lanyards for all the security badges and stuff people have to carry around now! The beadwork is handmade by African women and beautiful as well as functional jewelry.
If you are in the market for eyeglass accessories or security accessories, you might consider Serengeti Designs, especially since the holiday are coming up.