Meet our MarketPlace Artisans

Above: a screenshot from our new Meet the Artisans page

The FMSC MarketPlace was started in 2008 as a way to connect volunteers to individuals living in communities receiving FMSC food. Since then, it has grown to include 17 artisan partners from six different countries. We are thrilled to bring you their stories through a new page on our online MarketPlace called “Meet the Artisans.”

These stories are amazing, inspiring, and joyful and we want to share them with you!

Each month, additional artisan stories will be added for you to enjoy or share with someone you have bought a one-of-a-kind gift for. It is important for volunteers and customers to remember the impact their purchase made and to continue to support artisans like Claudy, S’bonga, Betty and Teresa, who will tell you what a single purchase means to them and their families.

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Above: a screenshot from our new Meet the Artisans page

The choice to purchase a handmade item might seem simple, but it makes a huge difference in the lives of FMSC artisan partners.

It means economic growth in the community receiving meals and sustaining the livelihoods of now hundreds of artisans who find dignity and hope through the sale of their craft.

Whether the connection is made through a recycled magazine necklace from Uganda, fresh coffee beans from Nicaragua, or a handmade clay mug from Haiti – the impact is the same — volunteers hold an item in their hand that was made with skill and creativity by an artisan who can hope for a better future!

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Above: each country on our Meet the Artisans page includes a graphic providing context about that country and FMSC’s relationship with them

Visit the Meet the Artisans page and print out the stories to give along with your gifts so your friends and family can also meet the individual whose skill provided them with a beautiful piece of jewelry, a fresh cup of morning coffee or their wonderful wedding gift!

We hope you will be as inspired as we are by the resilience, talent and ingenuity of the artisans we are honored to promote at FMSC!

Thank You, Miami!

We just have two words for you, South Florida — THANK YOU.

Because of you, 13,761 kids will be fed for an entire year!

THOUSANDS of you showed up last week for world hunger — some of you came and packed multiple times so we could reach our goal.

And after all the running, sweating, shouting, scooping and yes, dancing — more than 5 MILLION MEALS are now available to children who need it most.

Those meals are now on their way to feed precious children in Nicaragua, Honduras, Haiti, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Grenada and Guyana.

GOD IS FAITHFUL!

Find future MobilePack™ events HERE.

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South Florida shows up

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Kids pack meals

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Haitian Clay Mugs

For Your Valentine: A Mug that Gives Hope

The special day to tell the one you love how thankful you are for their presence in your life is just around the corner. Perhaps you cherish your Valentine because of their compassion for others or the work they do to enhance justice and peace in the world. Maybe it’s their kindness that inspires you each day to be a better person.

If so, consider giving a gift that not only treats your Valentine to a cup of their favorite morning beverage – but also supports artisans in Haiti who share the hard work and compassion for their family and friends.

This Valentine’s Day you can give a gift that gives back.

Feed My Starving Children works with 30 direct food partners who, last year, delivered more than 78 million FMSC meals to schools, orphanages, and clinics throughout Haiti.

In desperate times, extremely poor families in Haiti will mix clay from the ground with water, oil and salt to create a clay “cookie”. These clay cookies are eaten by adults and children in order to fill their stomachs when food is not available.

Mugs

By transforming the same clay into beautiful, clay mugs, Haitian artisans from the Apparent Project are able to sculpt their way out of poverty and support their families!

The Apparent Project is working in the midst of Haiti’s capital city, Port-Au-Price, where many FMSC meals begin their journey. This socially conscious cooperative consists of 300 Haitian artisans. The Apparent Project provides hope and dignity to the artisans involved whose livelihoods depend on the sales of their craft.

Apparent Project

Haitian Clay Mug

One of those talented artisans is Genese. She has been working for Apparent Project for the past three years. She started by rolling beads, which were used to make beautiful bracelets and necklaces. After 11 months, her hard work and artistic abilities carried her in to a new art medium — working with clay.

She and her husband have two daughters and three sons. The income she generates from the sales of her clay items covers the cost for her children’s education as well as providing food and shelter for her family.

Genese

Genese says, “Thank you for buying our mugs so I can take care of my family!”

Support Genese by purchasing one of her mugs for your Valentine today!

Video: Artisans Transform Clay into Mugs

Feed My Starving Children works with 30 direct food partners who, last year, delivered over 78 million FMSC meals to schools, orphanages, and clinics throughout Haiti.

In desperate times, extremely poor families in Haiti will mix clay from the ground with water, oil and salt to create a clay “cookie”. These clay cookies are eaten by adults and children in order to fill their stomachs when food is not available.

By transforming the same clay into beautiful, clay mugs, Haitian artisans from the Apparent Project are able to sculpt their way out of poverty and support their families!

Support an artisan by purchasing a mug today!

Runners Across the Globe Raise Thousands for FMSC

More than a thousand people from Minnesota to New Zealand laced up their running shoes last month for the Moon Joggers Ugly Sweater Day 5K & 10K Virtual Race.

A portion of each registration fee was donated to Feed My Starving Children. Runners could also choose to donate an additional amount. The group raised just over $9,000! That provides 41,363 meals for children in need.

President of Moon Joggers, Angie Webb, said it’s something fun to do around the holidays and it was exciting to see runners react when she posted how much was raised for FMSC.

Angie started Moon Joggers with her sister in 2013. At first people were just logging miles on the website, but she joined some running groups and discovered people doing virtual races.

The first virtual race Moon Joggers held was to raise money for a woman in the group whose son had cancer. The family didn’t have insurance.

“We can really do some big things here,” Angie remembers realizing.

“Since we’re a global organization, we want to choose charities that have a national base. Our participants are everywhere so we try to do something that’s a lot broader,” she said.


The breadth of this race was huge! People from all over the United States, Australia, Canada, Germany, Great Britain, New Zealand, Netherlands, Nigeria, Russia, Malaysia, Hungary and France participated.

Some participants signed up because they wanted to get in shape. Others loved the idea of a virtual 5K. A few of the runners were already involved in FMSC.

“Our church has been packing meals for FMSC for the past five years so this is a favorite charity,” one runner commented. “I’ve also been on mission trips to Uganda and have helped feed children food from FMSC. Thank you so much for picking this charity.”

Moon Joggers will be donating to FMSC again for next year’s Ugly Sweater Day 5K & 10K Virtual Race. The goal is to raise $20,000, Angie said.

“It’s fun to think that there are people running all over the world for the event,” she said. “[It’s great] to be part of something bigger.”

Check out all the fun photos runners submitted HERE and sign up for next year’s virtual race HERE.

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