B.E.A.D Project

Share if you agree! No More Violence against women. ” Comparte si estas de acuerdo! No Mas Violencia Contra La Mujer”.

To take action visit : www.saynotoviolence.org

To learn more about gender- based violence visit:


Picture courtesy of : Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn


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During the Health & Wellness Area Research Day @College of Saint Elizabeth

Candid picture with some of our favorite customers! @CSE

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Women and Girls on the Map

Wait... What?

This post is copied from an email that my colleague Kelly Hawrylyshyn sent to me. Kelly works on disaster risk reduction (DRR) with Plan UK. If you work on DRR and gender, go on, get yourself on the map!

Women and girls make a major contribution to disaster risk reduction and yet their role and involvement often go unacknowledged. In recognition of this gap, the Gender & Disaster Network, the Huairou Commission, Oxfam International and Plan International are facilitating the greater visibility of women and girls as part of the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), October 13th, 2012.

Gender inequalities around the world mean that women and girls are most severely affected by disaster. However, they also have significant experience and knowledge to contribute to disaster prevention and to the resilience of communities.

With this in mind, our efforts aim to move beyond…

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How to make a coconut purse!

First, the coconut is cut with this machine.

Then, the fibers are removed from the coconut.

Third, they use this machine to create a shape. (I asked for round and square pieces because I wanted to make a coconut purse.)

This is what the pieces look like before they have been polished.

Finally, the coconut pieces are polished

(It took them almost 45 minutes to make 20 pieces.)

This is the result! Isn’t it beautiful? You could make purses, jewelry, belts and other accessories. It all depends on how creative you can be!

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What a beautiful idea! Wouldn’t this be a cool way of leaving your mark around the world.

Spark Change

What I love so much about seed bombs (also called seed balls) is they are so easy to make AND can have a big impact on the visuals of your community.

A seed bomb is basically a ball of clay with seeds mixed in that, once dried, can be stuck into a crack on a broken sidewalk, launched over a fence into an abandoned lot, or even given as gifts for other people to spread the magic.

No planting or watering necessary. Nature will take over and soon you will see little flowers growing all over your community. A flower growing out of an unusual place (like a sidewalk) will help people stop and notice something they may not have before. Pausing to enjoy a freshly bloomed flower is always refreshing.

Here is a great instructional video to show you how to make your own!

Thank you to Garden Girl…

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Have you “liked” us on Facebook yet?

If you haven’t, you’ve been missing out on updates and photos from the project.  Don’t miss out on anything else.. just click the link below and “Like” us today! http://www.facebook.com/pages/Empowering-Women-Through-Crafts/195954703844887?ref=ts&sk=wall

This bracelets that was handcrafted by Elena Espinal. 

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Join Us!

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Would you like to buy the bracelets?

Please, stop by our stand during the 2012 International Night at College of Saint Elizabeth. For other ways of purchasing the bracelets. Do not hesitate to contact me at eirinpaola@gmail.com

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International Intercultural Club

Today, I met with the members from  the International Intercultural Club from College of Saint Elizabeth.  Not only they were extremely interested in learning more about the project, but they also handcrafted over 20 bracelets.

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We will be participating in the CSE Leadership Fair

If you would like to learn more about our project or you just want to buy our handcrafted jewelry. Please, stop on March 23 from 11:30 to 1:30pm by the College of Saint Elizabeth Leadership Fair.

We hope to see you there!

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