by Kamie Robinson
SALT LAKE CITY, USA — With the help of forPEACE and Global Outreach Foundation (GOF), bracelet making at CICFO has grown into a little business that helps support CICFO's group home.
GOF Director Steven Dee Wrigley visited CICFO in June of 2010. During his visit his talked with CICFO management and spent time getting the know the 26 children living there. Seeing their love for crafts and desire to learn, Wrigley asked if he could purchase a few bracelets for GOF to test the market in and around Salt Lake City.
GOF's endeavor has been a success. Over the last year, GOF volunteers have sold over 200 bracelets raising over $1,000 for CICFO. GOF donates 100% of the proceeds back to CICFO.
CICFO uses the money to purchase rice, noodles, and other food, help pay utilities, replenish bracelet making materials, and provide children with money to spend or save.
GOF's approach to helping CICFO has been well received. "I want to teach the children at CICFO how to earn money," says CICFO Director Botevy. "I don't want to give them money without doing anything. I want them to learn and gain skills and experience that will prepare them for life."
With permission of CICFO, GOF created individualized tags for the children to attach to the bracelets they make. Each tag has a photo and a few lines about the child's goals and ambitions.
GOF sells CICFO bracelets for $5. If you are interested in purchasing CICFO handmade bracelets, email firstname.lastname@example.org.