To get into the true spirit of this season of love and hope, do your bit to help others whether it’s children in distress, an aged neighbour, an animal shelter, or people far away.
For instance, when gift shopping, consider buying something from the Nozomi Project. As we know, the 2011 earthquake and tsunami destroyed large parts of Japan. One of the worst hit regions was Ishinomaki with some 50% of the town wiped out, resulting in loss of lives and continuing economic hardship for survivors.
The Nozomi Project – http://nozomiproject.com/ – is a Christian social enterprise that was launched in 2012 to bring “sustainable income, community, dignity and hope to the women in Ishinomaki, Japan by training them to craft high-quality jewelry products. Nozomi women are creating one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry featuring broken pieces of pottery left in the wake of the tsunami and other up-cycled pottery. Each of our product lines has been named by a Nozomi woman in honor of a loved one in her life.”
For a better idea about the project, watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vg1y6PuXjDE
There is simple beauty in the pieces created, reflecting the Japanese respect for imperfection. Nozomi, by the way means ‘hope’ in Japanese, and the project has brought women together to emotionally support each other and create hope for the future.
Buy a Christmas tree ornament as a keepsake or as a gift. Seeing it on your tree will remind you to be thankful for having family and friends to celebrate with, and to extend a hand to the less fortunate.