Thursday, August 9, 2007

On your way to the Footloose Group Session in Alma on August 15th 7:00 p.m. What if you stopped here?

WHAT: A Ten Thousand Villages Craft Festival
WHERE: Riverside-Albert Recreational Centre
9 Bicentennial Rd.
Riverside, New Brunswick
CONTACT: Fundy Youth Project, Phone: 506-882-2568
WHEN: Wednesday August 15, 10am-8pm and
Thursday August 16, 9am-2pm.
Support your community as well as your global neighbour by becoming a conscious consumer this holiday season

About Us - A History of Helping Artisans
Ten Thousand Villages began in 1946 when Edna Ruth Byler, a Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) worker, visited volunteers in Puerto Rico who were teaching sewing classes in an effort to help improve the lives of women living in poverty.

From this trip, Edna brought several pieces of embroidery home to sell to friends and neighbours. The pieces became quite popular and she soon added cross-stitch needlework from Palestinian refugees and hand carved Haitian woodenware to her inventory.

In the early 1970s, the flourishing project moved out of Byler’s basement and became SELFHELP CRAFTS, an official MCC program. Thousands of loyal customers and volunteers have helped to build this program into the strong alternative trading organization that, in 1996, became known as Ten Thousand Villages.

1 comment:

dag said...

Nice Article. You should join our press list for blogs:
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Marissa / Ten Thousand Villages