Relate Bracelets Organization
I spent the first half of 2015 in the City of Cape Town, participating in Ciee International Arts & Sciences study abroad program at the University Of Cape Town.
On April 17, 2015, while at the University, I became an official Relate Bracelets International Ambassador.
The grandparents (which in South African are referred to as ‘gogos’) who bead the bracelets, the youngsters who finish them and their communities… all benefit. Over 60% of every Relate bracelet sale goes directly towards making a difference, and since it became a trust in 2010, it’s raised over R28 million for worthwhile causes (i.e. health, education, conservation, social upliftment, and children’s empowerment initiatives) .
#ShareYourStory – Inspire Courage Bracelets:
“HIV/Aids took my mother, not my spirit.”
“Inspiring courage, for you to believe that you are more than your circumstance.”
“The greatest gift I received was my mother’s courage. At age 26, she shared her story of how she became infected with HIV. It was through her courage of sharing her hopes and dreams for my future that I was inspired to believe that her departure was no reason to give up on life. I was 8 years old.”
“In honor of my grandmother’s commitment to my biggest achievements yet, for always encouraging me to work hard remain true to my dreams; the proceeds of this bracelet will be gifted to the Ikamva Labantu community-based organization who works in healing and nurturing our elders.
I encourage you to inspire courage by sharing your story with others.”
Leading Community-Driven Non-Profit Organization
Ikamva Labantu is a leading community-driven non-profit organization working with underprivileged communities in Cape Town to address critical needs. With deep humanity, resilience, love and the spirit of “Ubuntu”, Ikamva Labantu supports, mobilizes and empowers communities by building their capacity through knowledge and resources, enabling community members to live independent and fulfilled lives. Ikamva Labantu’s grassroots work focuses on; the lack of quality early childhood development, the growing number of orphans and children who are abandoned, abused and neglected, and the large number of unsupported, isolated and frail elderly.