Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Sí a la Vida Pulseras de Amistad

El groupo visited the Casa José María campus a short walk from Altagracia and purchased many of these incredibly complex and beautiful designed wristbands (pulseras).

From Sí a la Vida web site:

We urgently need outlets to sell the hand-woven Friendship Bracelets (Pulseras de Amistad) that the boys create. All revenues from the Pulseras go to the boys themselves. They are paid a small amount for each bracelet when they deliver it. This is their only source of pocket money and their first experience at earning spending money instead of begging or stealing.

The Pulseras collected are then sold by friends of Sí a la Vida outside of Nicaragua. We sell the pulseras for the boys through church youth groups, school classes, craft stores - everywhere we can. All of the income from these sales goes into a fund for the boys, who periodically decide by vote on spending these funds for some special need or project of their own.

The pulseras are a continuous activity for the kids, and a visitor to the Sí Vida Centers in Managua and Ometepe will see them with the strands of thread draped around their necks and their fingers flying as a new pulsera takes shape. The boys are incredibly imaginative and skilled at devising new designs and color combinations. The sizes and shapes differ as well. No two pulseras are alike. They are all beautiful.

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