Action Commitment Update In Brief: Bead for Life Raises Money for Ugandan Women

Action Commitment Updates In Brief provide a summary of a volunteer activity that was undertaken as a result of Finding the Center Conference 2011.

Bead for Life sale

Julie Miller and Ellen McKenzie selling beads outside the Prichard Gallery on Thursday, July 28th

Ellen McKenzie and Julie Miller, each a staff member and student at the University of Idaho, organized a Bead for Life event at the Prichard Art Gallery in downtown Moscow, ID. Bead for Life is a non-profit organization based in Colorado that partners with women living in impoverished areas of Uganda. Bead for Life helps the women sell their beaded jewelry so they can provide nutritious food, shelter, medical care, and education for themselves and their families. Each bead is hand-rolled from paper by the women. McKenzie and Miller got permission from Roger Rowley, the director of the Prichard Gallery, to hold a three-hour sale of the jewelry on Thursday, July 28th. They also sold the jewelry in advance from their offices at the university to cater to their fellow staff who couldn’t attend the event, earning $1100 before July 28th. Ellen and Julie found great satisfaction in raising funds as well as educating their customers about the lives of the Ugandan women. They hope to start a Bead for Life Club at the University of Idaho to extend their efforts into the 2011-2012 school year.

Ellen McKenzie and Julie Miller earned credit at the University of Idaho by participating in Finding the Center Conference through a workshop offered by the UI Department of Sociology’s Certificate in Diversity & Stratification.

About nwchr

The Northwest Coalition for Human Rights (NWCHR) exists to facilitate connections and communication among organizations and individuals who are engaged in human rights and social justice work in the Northwest region of the United States, with special focus on the Inland Northwest. The coalition, inspired by Bill Wassmuth's former Northwest Coalition Against Malicious Harassment, will give strength to those working at the local level by allowing them to share resources, information, and ideas, as well as making them part of a larger support system. The University of Idaho Office of Human Rights, Access, and Inclusion (HRAI) in Moscow serves as the administrative home for the NWCHR, and the Coalition strives to build strong membership from throughout Idaho and eastern Washington, as well as from other parts of the Northwest region. All are welcome to join NWCHR and give their input.
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