Badin Hall’s Conscious Christmas supports artisans in Nepal

first_imgCourtesy of Paige Smith Paige Smith and others visited the Association for Craft Producers in Nepal, where they watched artisans make goods by hand.Volunteering Badin residents will sell scarves, hats, tote bags, jewelry, ornaments, baskets, Nativity sets and other gifts from 12 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the LaFortune Ballroom. Nearly all of the goods for sale were produced by fair trade artisans in Nepal.Proceeds go right back into projects that serve the artisans’ communities, said Ann-Marie Conrado, anthropology professor and founder of the HOPE initiative.“You’re using your purchasing power to make a difference in their lives by ensuring they receive a living wage, that those products are made with respect for people and their heritage, but also the planet,” Conrado said.Conscious Christmas helps communities in Nepal provide scholarships and have more accessible education in rural areas, Conrado said. It can also contribute funds for a small home for children who have been orphaned.Senior Paige Smith has seen the impact the HOPE initiative has on communities in Nepal firsthand. After initially finding out about the HOPE Initiative by volunteering at Conscious Christmas as a former Badin resident, last summer she went a step further by visiting Nepal through an International Summer Service Learning Program. While there, she worked with a fair-trade organization that makes homemade crafts and home decor, some of which are sold at Notre Dame.In working with the Association for Craft Producers, Smith said she learned how the artisans make the products by hand.“[I felt fulfillment from] helping places from afar from campus,” Smith said. “[And then from] having opportunities to then go to these places and unite academics with community and service.”Conrado said she believes Conscious Christmas showcases the best of what Nepal can produce.“When you give that gift, you can show care to not only the person you give it to but for all the people that brought that gift to life,” Conrado said. “The quality of the products is inherently beautiful because they’re all handmade and not printed and stamped off a machine.”The annual event also supports products that are made ethically and do not contribute to environmental degradation, she said.“In a time of environmental crisis, we can choose where we put our resources and the choices that we make can have an impact in an incredibly powerful way,” Conrado said.Tags: artisans, badin hall, Conscious Christmas, fair trade, Nepal Notre Dame students looking for last-minute holiday shopping can rest easy this weekend.On Friday, Badin Hall will be hosting Conscious Christmas, an annual event featuring the sale of crafts handmade by women across the globe seeking to support and provide for their families. Proceeds will support the HOPE initiative, a charity Badin has adopted over the years.last_img read more

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Nicaraguan Police Increase Operations against Wave of Violence in Caribbean

first_img “We are going to conduct police missions to search and capture those individuals suspected of being highly dangerous criminals in the area,” Chief of Police Aminta Granera stated during a public ceremony. The Nicaraguan Police will conduct special operations in four municipalities in the northeastern Caribbean part of the country to confront the wave of violence and homicide that left at least 19 dead in the remote region during the last month, an official source reported. “We are going to conduct police missions to search and capture those individuals suspected of being highly dangerous criminals in the area,” Chief of Police Aminta Granera stated during a public ceremony. Nicaragua has the lowest violence rates in Central America, with 11 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants. However, there are areas on the Atlantic coast where the numbers are three times the national average. The chief of police acknowledged that the job will be “difficult due to the distance,” since the RAAN is the biggest region in the country, with 32,159 km². For surveillance, the police forces have 318 members working in difficult-to-reach communities through jungle and mountain areas. At least 19 people have been murdered in these towns since July 15, including a reporter. On August 6, General Julio Avilés, head of the Army, said that violence had increased due to “setting of scores” as a result of problems of coexistence. However, local authorities believe that it is due to the scarcity of police presence. Granera said that due to the situation, law enforcement presence was increased since August 6, when more police officers were deployed and more police checkpoints were setup. Nicaragua has the lowest violence rates in Central America, with 11 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants. However, there are areas on the Atlantic coast where the numbers are three times the national average. The Nicaraguan Police will conduct special operations in four municipalities in the northeastern Caribbean part of the country to confront the wave of violence and homicide that left at least 19 dead in the remote region during the last month, an official source reported. The chief of police acknowledged that the job will be “difficult due to the distance,” since the RAAN is the biggest region in the country, with 32,159 km². For surveillance, the police forces have 318 members working in difficult-to-reach communities through jungle and mountain areas. On August 6, General Julio Avilés, head of the Army, said that violence had increased due to “setting of scores” as a result of problems of coexistence. However, local authorities believe that it is due to the scarcity of police presence. Granera said that due to the situation, law enforcement presence was increased since August 6, when more police officers were deployed and more police checkpoints were setup. The goal is to “try to disrupt criminal groups” operating in the mining municipalities of Rosita, Siuna and Bonanza, as well as in the cattle-raising area of Mulukuku, the four areas in the North Atlantic Autonomous Region (RAAN), 500 km to the northwest of the capital. The goal is to “try to disrupt criminal groups” operating in the mining municipalities of Rosita, Siuna and Bonanza, as well as in the cattle-raising area of Mulukuku, the four areas in the North Atlantic Autonomous Region (RAAN), 500 km to the northwest of the capital. By Dialogo August 09, 2013 At least 19 people have been murdered in these towns since July 15, including a reporter. last_img read more

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