February 14, 2013

Thanda

If you follow my Instagram feed, you might know that I spent New Years in Nicaragua, at a lovely sweet place called Maderas Village. I've been raving about it ever since and at least once a day, close my eyes and pretend I'm back there. It's my new form of meditation. You should go. Seriously.
Hammock just outside my room at Maderas. Where I spent countless hours doing absolutely nothing.
Hello Happy Place: Maderas Village
 While at Maderas, I was fortunate enough to meet wonderful folks from all over the globe who I'm now grateful to call friends. One such folk, was Zac Folk, founder of Common Threadz and quite the guitar player/boisterous singer. Zac and I bonded over our love of taco stands, burritos and philanthropy, and I had a chance to learn about his amazing work. Common Threadz is an organization that helps disadvantaged rural villages in the developing world through community programs that empower their children, their community, and the local grassroots organizations that support them. Of course, I asked how I could get involved.

So one morning, with coffee by our sides at our Nica "office", we collaborated to benefit the orphan feeding program in Obanjeni, South Africa in Kwa-Zulu Natal.
Zac & I hard at work
And this is what we came up with, the Thanda Love Bracelet. Thanda, is the Zulu word for Love what I adore about this piece is that each letter of the word Thanda was handwritten by a different child from the village to which proceeds will be donated. Half of the sales of this bracelet will feed orphans in the village of Obanjeni, South Africa in Kwa-Zulu Natal. And in ESD fashion, the back can be personalized with up to three lines of custom engraving.

On this Valentine's Day, and hopefully every day,  remember that....
“Love is not patronizing and charity isn't about pity, it is about love. Charity and love are the same -- with charity you give love, so don't just give money but reach out your hand instead.” -Mother Teresa

Wishing you all a beautiful, loving & memorable day.

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