LCA sale supports children in Kenya, South Africa

Jan Garrison

Funds for Amani, Christel House


December 10, 2020

Since its inception during the 2004-2005 school year, the Leadership Committee for Africa has been creating and selling handmade jewelry to benefit the Amani Children’s Foundation. And, with the holidays approaching, it was again time for the annual bead sale.

Over that time, the Culver Girls Academy organization has raised enough money to sponsor 32 orphans at the New Life Homes in Kenya. The Amani Foundation funds New Life Homes, which accepts children who been orphaned because AIDS/HIV have claimed one or both of their parents. It costs approximately $1,000 to sponsor a child for one year.

But this year’s sale included tapestries and notecards. Those items were benefiting Christel House South Africa, which has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. The notecards were painted by students at Christel House and the tapestries were done by South African artisans.



Having already contributed $200 to the organization’s Buckets of Hope campaign through its December bake sale, LCA raised another $360 from the additional sales and contributions to assist in feeding Christel House students while they are out on break, which begins Dec. 15. The cost per bucket is $13 and Christel House is hoping to distribute them to 400 children.

LCA members regularly travel to Christel House South Africa as part of the Global Pathways Spring program. While there, they conduct leadership training sessions for the children. Christel House also sends students to Culver Summer Schools & Camps.

The bracelets and necklaces are made from Kazuri beads, which are supplied by Amani. LCA members take time during their meetings to create the jewelry and some of the are CGA students  have met during the summer for beading sessions.

The beads are made in Kenya as part of a fair-trade business from the clay of Mount Kenya. The surplus or slightly imperfect beads are donated to Amani, which shares part of the supply with LCA. Members use the beads and donated filler beads to make bracelets, keychains, and necklaces.

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