“When you satisfy the needs of the oppressed, your NIGHT will become like the NOONDAY.” Isaiah 58:10
While we were completing our pre-adoption training, I published a blog about The List. Jess and I were asked to make a list of the most important parts of our life, and then, one by one, give them up. It was a moving exercise to help us grasp the loss–of family, friends, food, language, country, and more–that mixes with the beauty and joy of adoption. Because I know that an estimated 4 out of 5 of the 153,000,000 orphans in the world are not orphaned by the death of their parents, but by poverty, I have been on the lookout for ways to be involved in family preservation. My soul sister/deployment wife, Sarah, introduced me to Noonday Collection, and I was wowed by the company and their mission, and I wanted to wear every item in the catalog, but, I stewed for 8 months–I’m just not one to jump in quickly. I came back to the website again and again, and finally, became an Independent Ambassador!
Noonday uses fashion to create meaningful opportunities for people around the world. I think we are all becoming more and more aware of the power our purchase can have– for empowering or enslaving. We all want to use our consumer dollars for good, but sometimes it’s difficult to discern what that should be. As an Ambassador, I get to help connect Artisan businesses in the developing world, who struggle to gain access to a global market, with customers at Trunk Shows, having full confidence that these beautiful handmade pieces are made by people who are working in dignified jobs, receiving fair wages, and committed to making a difference in their community. I am excited to share their stories.
But Olivia’s story from Uganda stands out as the reason I joined Noonday Collection.
Two years ago, Olivia was desperately trying to care for her daughter, Rachel, and had decided that her only option was to leave Rachel at an orphanage. Then, she met the leaders of Noonday’s artisan partner group in Uganda and was given a job making paper bead jewelry. Now, she has been able to keep her family together and send her daughter to school!
This necklace is called the Rachel, named for Olivia’s precious daughter.
You can find this necklace right here. It’s one of my favorites, but I can honestly tell you that every Noonday Collection piece I have is a favorite. I’d love for you to see for yourself on my website! Browse the stories and the beautiful accessories, and see how you can be a part of this story, too!
And guess what, a whole lot of stuff went on sale today, just for you! (Ok, it’s just a coincidence, but a happy one!)
PS. If you are local, I am having a launch party on Friday, May 1st! Yummy treats, fun friends, and, of course, style made with love! Contact me if you would like to come by!