By KIAH MORRISON,
Spring Grove Area High School
The holidays are always a great time for giving gifts to family and friends or donating your time to local charities. But this year, would you give the opportunity for an education and prosperity to someone in a foreign country? It might sound complicated, but it can be as simple as buying a hat.
In 2012, the average American spent $854 on holiday gifts, according to the American Research Group Inc. In one year, the average Ugandan earns just $490, according to World Vision. Krochet Kids International supports people living in poverty in Uganda by selling hand-crocheted hats and scarves.
The program aims to educate Ugandan women in economics and business. To do this, the women work directly with the program for at least three years. During this time, they crochet hats and gloves. The women’s profits help to alleviate them from poverty and the need for humanitarian aid. Mentors provide them with lessons on finance, budgeting and savings. Money also goes toward Ugandan schools. The program also has an operation in Lima, Peru.
TOMS Shoes, founded in 2006, helped spark interest in charitable fashion products. With each purchase of the company’s shoes, TOMS donates another pair to someone in a developing country.
Krochet Kids offers 14 hat styles that range from $23 to $33. Inside each hat is the name of the crocheter. On Krochet Kids’ website, you can write a thank you message to the woman who made your hat. The organization also sells scarves, T-shirts, headbands and glasses cases.
When shopping for gifts this season, buy a gift that will benefit the person you’re shopping for and someone in need. Help Krochet Kids reach their goal of selling 25,000 crocheted products during the holiday season.
For details visit, www.krochetkids.org.