I was seventeen the first time I went to Mexico.
I had worked and saved for months just so I could go.
I took a trip to Walmart the week before we left and got the things I needed for the trip: hair products and sunscreen, a few new t-shirts and comfortable sandals. It kind of killed me when the teller rang everything up and the total neared a hundred dollars.
I wasn’t a rich kid. I was a poor kid from a farming community and a hundred dollars was hours and hours of walking through a freshly-tilled field, looking for stones and throwing them into the wagon on the back of a tractor. A hundred dollars meant walking through an alfalfa field every Saturday morning for a month to babysit four neighbor kids and a dog.
I envied the other kids on the mission team that year: the rich kids who wore designer clothes they didn’t have to pay for.
Then we went to the streets.
Then we saw children huddled into corners covered in rags.
Then we saw mothers digging through garbage and one-room shanty houses and babies—babies—drinking sugar water because there was nothing else to give them that could take away the hunger.
I realized something.
I was one of the rich kids.
That experienced changed me. I began to see my dollars as a privilege and my spending as powerful way to make a difference in the world.
I realized I have a chance to change the world by the way I shop. That’s why I was so excited to learn about the ministry of the The Mighty River Project.
The Mighty River Project was started by an ordinary couple who felt they could help solve the orphan crisis in Uganda by training and employing mothers so they could care for themselves and their children. Because you know, that mamma in Uganda wants to feed her child just as much as you do. That mamma wants her child clothed and schooled and grown up strong and good just like you do, and she stares into the darkness at night and prays to God that those babies of hers will have a better life than she does.
Just like you.
She just doesn’t have much hope of it happening.
That’s why The Mighty River Project was started–to give those mammas some hope.
If you stop by their website, you’ll see the beautiful things those mothers have made once they’ve been trained. They have jobs and a safe place for their children while they work, and they make stunning things like this:
Don’t you love the baskets?
But we’re all about fashion here, so let me show you what else they make: jewelry!
I received a gorgeous handmade necklace in the mail from The Mighty River Project, and I have to say, it’s just about one of my most favorite pieces of jewelry.
I love it because it goes with everything.
Their necklaces are so super long, that I can wrap it and twist it and wear it a million different ways–even tied and worn as a fun belt.
Double up for a High-Low Look. Wear it twisted for a chunky look. Or wear it long!
What could be more fabulous than a versatile accessory that helps to change the lives of mothers and children in a poverty-stricken county?
Well, how about winning a $50 shopping spree at The Mighty River Project so you can choose some great jewelry for yourself?
That is pretty fabulous. It makes me smile.
The Mighty River Project has generously offered a $50 gift certificate as a prize for one of YOU!
Comment below and tell us about one of your favorite little ways to make a difference in this world! Then use the Rafflecopter form to enter this giveaway. Don’t forget to invite your family and friends to enter as well!
The Giveaway will end on June 25th, 2013.