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We are getting into the Holiday spirt here at Moving Mountains and are thrilled to announce where our donations are currently going! For every piece sold we will be putting $5 towards purchasing from the Plan Canada Gifts of Hope Program. Specifically we have chosen to contribute to "The Moms Shop" which supports female entrepreneurship.
What will you see when you enter the mom shop? You’ll see entrepreneurial women carving out their own path and designing their own future. You’ll see mothers who are able to look after their families and keep their children nourished, healthy and in school.
The mom shop is in full swing in Peru and Pakistan, where mothers are carving out their own paths to a better future and better lives for their families. In Peru, the project is helping dozens of mothers weave their way to change. Fifty mothers received business training covering everything from artisan skills, self-esteem, teamwork, and communication to financial literacy, helping the women learn how to better market and sell their products.
The Mom Shop is one of Plan Canada's matched gifts! This means our donation will be matched with a donation by a government, foundation or organizational partner, giving more women the gift of hope, helping more families live better lives, and transforming more communities. This gift is matched 4:1, so each $75 contribution will be turned into $375!
This gift includes vocational training courses coupled with numeracy and financial literacy. It offers Village Savings and Loans programs that help women work together to create small business opportunities like making honey, peanut butter, clothing or soap – initiatives that are feeding families and providing an income.
Plan Canada believes that when girls are educated, healthy and empowered, they can lift themselves and everyone around them out of poverty.
Moving Mountains is excited to announce that we have partnered with Canadian Jewellery designer, Sarah Walsh, to create an exclusive collection of limited-time gemstone pieces in our Any Woman Can Collection. Sarah Walsh designs and hand crafts exquisite pieces incorporating gemstones and precious metals in her Ottawa studio.
Like us, Sarah recognizes the value of giving back to others and the impact that supporting women can have in our communities and globally. This joint belief has fueled this exclusive collection and mission to give back even more! With every purchase from the Any Woman Can Collection, we will be donating 100% of the profits to organizations supporting women and girls. We are honored that Sarah has created this limited collection to help us inspire, encourage, and support women to dream big, empower other women, and make the world a better place.
We really wanted these gemstone earrings to be special, so we have chosen to only offer 5 pairs of each style. Once they are gone, then they are gone!
All Moving Mountains pieces are meant to be tokens of love and encouragement, and the Any Woman Can collection is no different. Each gemstone has been sourced and selected for it postive properties and meanings in order to light up your heart and inspire your soul.
Any Woman can....
make a difference
love and be loved
create a new path
challenge the status quo
change the world.
We are so excited to announce the newest organizations we will be supporting!
Starting September 1st until November 30th, $5 from every Moving Mountains piece sold will be donated to Voicefound.
Founded in 2011, Voice Found is a national, survivor-led, charitable organization committed to the prevention of child sex abuse and commercial sexual exploitation. Over 90% of youth who are sex trafficked have a history of child sex abuse and they are committed to fighting both threats.
Voicefound envisions a Canada where children and youth grow into healthy adults and where those who’ve been sexually exploited get the support and care they deserve.
In May 2016, Voice Found launched The Hope Found Project serving Ottawa and Eastern Ontario. This project provides support for persons who have been sex trafficked or wish to exit the sex trade. Since the launch they have provided (and continue to provide) support to over 70 women and girls as they navigate their path to a life free from slavery.
Voice Found also delivers training and education across Canada to both individuals and organizations. As professionals with lived experience, they are often called upon to speak to a variety of audiences such as law enforcement, health care professionals and youth serving organizations.
HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED WITH VOICEFOUND?
They are always looking for additional support – whether hosting a third party fundraiser, volunteering or making a financial donation – each gift is greatly appreciated and helps them provide programs and services to victims of the most heinous of crimes.
To learn more about Voicefound, visit voicefound.ca
We are so excited to announce our next charity....
For the next few months, five dollars from every purchase will be donated to Canadian Women's Foundation!
The Canadian Women’s Foundation is Canada’s public foundation for women and girls.
They empower women and girls in Canada to move out of violence, out of poverty, and into confidence and leadership. Thanks to the support of their donors, they have funded over 1,400 community programs across Canada and have become one of the 10 largest women’s foundations in the world.
The Canadian Women’s Foundation’s work:
Helping women move out of violence
The Foundation supports programs that help women and their children rebuild their lives after experiencing violence, and that teach youth how to develop healthy relationships.
Helping women move out of poverty
Women can get the support they need to move out of poverty through programs that help them start a small business, get work experience, or enter the skilled trades. They are also offered other essential supports like childcare, interest-free loans, mentorships, and financial literacy workshops.
Helping women move into leadership
Many of the programs the Foundation supports offer opportunities for women and girls to take on leadership. The Canadian Women’s Foundation Leadership Institute offers professional leadership training for women who work in the non-profit sector.
Helping girls move into confidence
The Canadian Women’s Foundation helps girls in Canada move into confidence by funding dynamic programs that engage their bodies, minds, and spirits. In these programs, girls can explore science and technology, play sports, learn to think critically, or take on leadership, in a supportive all-girl environment.
We at Moving Mountains are so grateful for the work that the Canadian Women's Foundation does and we are so excited to be supporting their work through our inspirational and empowering pieces for the coming months!
Here at Moving Mountains we believe that our choices have an impact on others and the world. That is why for every purchase made we donate $5 to organizations supporting women and girls around the world.
The Because I am a Girl campaign is a global initiative working to end gender inequality and promote girls’ rights. Plan International believes that when girls are educated, healthy and empowered, they can lift themselves and everyone around them out of poverty.
Plan International’s WorkThe Plight of Girls
Girls in the poorest regions of the world are among the most disadvantaged people on the planet. They face unique barriers to survival and development — simply because they’re girls. We will never eliminate global poverty unless we invest equally in all our children and address inequalities for girls.The power of girls
There is no question that investing in girls in developing countries is key to reducing global poverty and instability. Girls have a unique power to positively influence the lives of those around them. If they are healthy, educated, and empowered, they will pull themselves out of poverty, and bring their children, communities and nations along with them.The plan for girls
Plan has a range of programs to improve the lives of girls and give them equal access to health care, education, protection, independence, and an opportunity to participate in society. Their programs include scholarships, safe schools and dormitories, reproductive and maternal health programs, life skills, vocational training, financial literacy programs, microfinance, and more.
How to Get Involved
There are many ways to get involved and contribute to Because I am a Girl. For starters, you can create a Because I am a Girl Club where you can help empower youth to stand up for girls’ rights and gender equality in North America and around the world. Or you can join the Speaker’s Bureau and speak at local and global forums on gender equality. You could even host a fundraiser in your community or use your voice on social media to share what a brighter future for girls means to you #BrighterFuture.