Kettering College to host BeadforLife event Nov. 30-Dec. 2

BeadforLife helps Africans leave poverty behind, one bead at a time.

Kettering, OH - 11/24/2009

Kettering College of Medical Arts will sponsor a BeadforLife event from Monday, Nov. 30, through Wednesday, Dec. 2, in the Boonshoft Student Center, beginning at 10 a.m. each day.

Join us each day to learn more about and support impoverished Ugandan women who are lifting their families out of poverty with their handmade, high-quality beaded jewelry. The BeadforLife program has been featured on “NBC Nightly News” and the “Today Show,” as well as in O magazine, Vanity Fair, Family Circle and other publications.

BeadforLife (BFL) is a socially responsible global organization, working with women, all of whom were living on less than $1 a day in extreme poverty. Based in North America and Uganda, BFL has partnered with industrious women who make vivid beaded jewelry out of recycled paper.  The 300 members of BFL support almost 5,000 others attempting to climb out of poverty. 

“BeadforLife’s philosophy is that people want jobs rather than handouts.  We focus on ways for people to leave poverty behind forever,” said BFL co-director Devin Hibbard. “The beaders are incredibly hard-working, and every dollar they make goes into critical things, like sending children to school, paying for health care, and saving to build a home.”

The beaders’ work has been sold at thousands of home parties, businesses and community-sponsored events around the world. All net profits from BFL sales are invested in projects that fight extreme poverty, primarily in health care, affordable housing, vocational training for impoverished youth, and entrepreneurial development through micro-credit for small businesses. 

More information about BeadforLife can be found at www.beadforlife.org. For more information about kc's event, contact Jill Evans at (937) 395-8601 ext. 55653.

About Kettering College of Medical Arts

Kettering College of Medical Arts, born out of Adventist faith, is a fully accredited college that offers graduate and undergraduate degrees in health science education. Upholding Christ, the college educates students to make service a life calling and to view health as harmony with God in body, mind, and spirit. A division of Kettering Medical Center, Kettering College is located on the KMC campus in a suburb of Dayton, Ohio.  Eighty percent of Kettering College graduates live and work in Ohio, with the majority settling in the Dayton area.

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