Monday, July 27, 2009

Buy Buna and send a child to school!

Our Benefit Orphans Store contributed nearly $10,000 to AAI's Humanitarian Projects last year. We've recently added some new products and would like to highlight them here.

Now you can purchase delicious coffee---an Ethiopian fair trade and organic blend--and the profits will benefit our Sponsorship programs. The 12 oz. bags sell for $10 (less than fancy coffee from you-know-where) and they keep very well in the freezer so you can order several at once and save on the shipping. Make wonderful gifts as well for teachers and others that appreciate the idea of helping to keep orphaned children in school and with loving caregivers.

Another item for lovers of good buna would be the beautiful woodcut below. An AAI mom currently living in Addis Ababa is a woodcut artist and has donated a number of her Ethiopian-themed works to benefit Layla House. You can see more of them on the Benefit Orphans website at this link.

Another hot selling item on Benefit Orphans is the "Baby Ghabi"--the perfect gift for any new baby but particularly one from Ethiopia. It's a handwoven, super soft baby blanket that any new mom will find handy. Proceeds from the blankets benefit both AAI's Humanitarian projects and the small local business that provides much needed jobs and training for Ethiopian women.

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