African Beadwork Artist, South Africa
In a country where the unemployment rate is over 25% (www.statssa.gov.za), Alarice is one of the lucky ones who has a job. Working as a nurse drawing blood during the day (it all gets back to HIV somehow) she uses creating handmade beaded jewelry as a way to relax in the wee hours of the night when she cannot sleep.
Alarice generously donates a portion of the sale of her artisan jewelry back to the Bophelong Hospice.
To see some of Alarice's beadwork designs click here.
It was a Moment of Hope
In a country overwhelmed by sickness, poverty and unemployment, most South Africans suffering from the impact of HIV/AIDS have no way of supporting themselves or their families.
However, in a moment of hope, women from South Africa and America joined together to collectively battle the devastation of the AIDS pandemic.
By using education and employment, we hope to empower families in South Africa who have been impacted by HIV/AIDS.
It is our hope that...
...survival will no longer be a struggle,
...food will be prevalent,
...family units will be whole,
...and lives will be changed.
Our hope is that all this is possible through Beaded Hope.
Beaded Hope is growing, and bead by bead, woman to woman, we're making a difference.