I have always been told by my dad that if it scares you, it’s probably worth a try. Naturally that was my thought process when it came to conquering a dream. A dream to help women and children in countries with extreme need. The thought scared me because I was going into it so blindly and I still am, but I never thought twice about it. As I began to tell others about the project, I was asked why I wanted to focus on other countries when here in our local communities we have so much need. It really struck me hard, but I knew from my travels, that the need in these countries was unlike anything I had ever seen. I would talk to a friend about it and she said it best, the world is our community, it’s our global community.
And so I searched for existing organizations who could help us get off the ground. Through Jenny, I was connected with Amy from Women of the Cloud Forest in Costa Rica and Nicaragua. I told you about her in my previous post. She is a true gem, and she told me about her women in Costa Rica. These women make on average $1.30 an hour. One lady’s name is Yesina, a single mother who’s parents were never educated. She has a 6th grade education. Through Women of the Cloud Forest she has been able to earn an income and make her dream of sending her son to university come true. It’s giving women HOPE. HOPE to become somebody. All they are asking for is an opportunity.
My search did not just end there. I searched for clothing companies who would give us their excess inventory, returns, damages, last season’s fashions, etc. And without a doubt and full confidence I know God put Matilda Jane Clothing in our path. This company is one where even though I’ve never met these wonderful people, somehow I feel like they are family. They have sent us donations and have supported us in ways I would have never even dreamed of. Their tag line is “The Unpredictable Clothing Company”, which is exactly true. Not only do they make some of the most beautiful children’s clothing, unpredictably, they impact lives in ways never imaginable.
With all of that being said, I am SOOO excited to share with you how Matilda Jane, numerous consignment sales and DAR Project will be partnering with Women of the Cloud Forest to bring them HOPE. Below is an update from Amy in Costa Rica. I want each of you to know we won’t stop with these women…our next stop is Nicaragua. Stay tuned for exciting news from the women in Nicaragua. We are working out the logistics to provide them with an art center so they too can benefit from the DAR Project.