Being in the travel industry for over 30 years, I have developed relationships with many travel suppliers. Periodically I receive gifts from them as a thank you for doing business with their company.
One recent gift was from Globus Journeys. I was particularly impressed with their choice of a gift and share with you the picture of the bracelet and the artist, Son Sey…..
Here is the moving story of this bracelet.
“The Globus family of brands is proud to partner with LandMine Design, a non-profit that provides jobs to women in a village on the border of Cambodia. This village is nestled along a 450 mile border where the largest concentration of land mines in the world is located. Nearly 40 years ago, these grounds were filled with land mines planted by the Khmer Rouge. Only recently has the land begun to be swept and cleared of its deadly explosives. Today, more than 500 families continue to call this village home and live as the poorest of the poor. There is no electricity, no clean water and very little to eat. The families here seek ways to merely survive.
Many in the village have made the difficult choice to leave their families for months at a time to find work as migrant farm hands in nearby Thailand where earnings are scarce. LandMine Design was created to give women in the mine field a chance to make a living from their own homes where they can care for their families while also earning the funds desperately needed to feed their hungry babies. They began in 2012, teaching six women the craftsmanship of creating jewelry out of rolled paper beads. With the opportunity to earn a living in their homes and amongst their families, women once exploited have become artists, leaders and business women.
Globus placed an order of over 14,000 bracelets and through this order has helped employ an additional 12 women in the village. “ I feel honored to have received one of these bracelets.
Now I would like to offer a gift to our Northside Travelers.
If you have traveled with us this past year, please stop by the office to pick up our token of appreciation for your business.
If you plan to travel in 2017, there will be a gift waiting for you.
We hope you enjoy the upcoming holiday with your family and friends,
Mary Jo and the Northside Travel Team