Annie here, Curator of The Sparrow Studio. It's been a year and a half since anyone has updated this space, and there are soooo many things I want to tell you! But for now, there is one thing in particular that is on my heart to share, and that is about our new artisan partnership.
Last fall, I started purchasing earrings from a group of 8 women in Denver. The group is called Manos Emprendedoras (ME), which in English translates to “entrepreneurial hands" and provides work opportunities to immigrant women from around the world living in Colorado. With their help, they are able to better provide for their families and adapt to the culture in a peaceful and beautiful way.
In their words, "ME offers immigrant women an opportunity to transcend language barriers and use their hands to transmit their inner beauty. By creating beautiful pieces of jewelry with extreme care, they express gratitude for their new home and hope for a better life. We want to thank you very much for supporting these women as they use their creativity to live without fear and with much love."
These women have been delightful to work with, and I love wearing and sharing their earrings!
Recently, like many of you, my heart has been burdened for the "humanitarian crisis" (in the words of the CBP, Customs and Border Protection) currently happening at the southern border of the United States. It has been a small comfort to me to know that your purchases of these earrings are contributing to the support of 8 families recently settled in Denver from Central America and South America. But it doesn't feel like enough right now. So I asked on an Instagram post last week, "What should we do? Where can we help?" And you came through with suggestions of wonderful organizations offering humanitarian aid for the children and legal aid for asylum seekers.
And now for every purchase of earrings made by the women in Denver, The Sparrow Studio will donate 10% of the sale to an organization providing immediate relief for families in the asylum process. For more details about which organizations we are donating to, follow us on Instagram. We are donating to the organizations that YOU, our customers mentioned in the comments on our Instagram post: https://www.instagram.com/p/BzEiN1bFYf5/