HOPE Bracelet Project is collecting beads and jewelry making supplies, and then
teaching students at the Medhane-Alem School in Yetebon, Ethiopia to create
limited edition, beautiful bracelets.
are proud to report that, thanks to the generosity of "bead people"
all over the US, we were able to collect beads, create and sell 500 bracelets in
2003, raising $50,000 for Project Mercy!
Between 2003 and 2010, the team at Project Mercy has
produced 500-1,000 bracelets each year and we have been
able to raise $50,000-$100,000 annually for this wonderful cause. Here are the
listings of our donors by year:
Since 2010 Project
Mercy has built a lampworking studio and have students and adults making beads
right there in Ethiopia! They also continue to create wonderful HOPE
bracelets that are offered for sale through the Project Mercy website.
These bracelets make wonderful gifts and, as from the beginning, change the
lives of everyone involved!
To make Monetary Contributions...............
payable to Project Mercy.
Checks should be mailed to:
7011 Ardmore Ave. Ft. Wayne, IN 47809
Each HOPE Bracelet features a sterling
silver clasp created for HOPE by Colorado jeweler Michelene
Note the tiny dove on it!
Each bracelet also includes a sterling "HOPE" bead
designed for us by Robert Burkett and denotes the
year the bracelet was sold.
It is just above the clasp in the
HOPE Bracelet Project is designed to share the talents and
resources of a group of motivated volunteers in America with the people of
Ethiopia through donations of beads and supplies to the Project Mercy
organization. Our project will
help “teach them to fish” by teaching them to create beads and beaded jewelry, and will create an ongoing
source of new skills, revenue and pride in their craft. The lampwork
beads and jewelry will be made by students working and
studying at Project Mercy.
From the beginning of the HOPE Bracelet
Project in 2003, each new batch of bracelets was "unveiled"
at a reception at STRINGS
Restaurant in November. Sadly, Noel Cunningham passed away in
late 2011 and Strings has also moved into the sweet past. Project Mercy
continues to support the lampworking studio in Yetebon, Ethiopia and continues
to market Hope Bracelets through their website. MANY thanks to TRICE
JEWELERS in Denver, CO for generously marketing the
bracelets for many years....... returning all proceeds to Project Mercy.
PHASE II- Creating
Beads in Ethiopia
to the most-generous donation of a complete lampworking setup, several budding
beadmakers are melting glass at Project Mercy! Arrow SpringsFrantz
Glasscraft have truly outdone themselves this time in donating this valuable
equipment!! Beginning beadmaking classes began during our October,
2004 trip to Yetebon and the studio was expanded to 4 torches
in October, 2006. Three beadmaking instructors were available for over 3
weeks and we trained 6 students to make beads, heart shapes in particular.
A lampworking building has now been constructed at Project Mercy and several
workers continue to create beads made in the HOPE bracelets.........careers are
being created and families are being fed through the impact of HOPE and the
dedication of Marta and Deme!
See this amazing
movie taken in the beadmaking studio at Project in 2007..
Local Denver community
leaders Tammy and Noel Cunningham spent MANY years supporting Project
Mercy via their community fundraising and personal donations.They have visited Yetebon and know the school founder Marta Gabre-Tsadick,
herself a community leader forced to flee Africa to escape the Communist
takeover.Marta and her husband
Deme, have returned to
Africa and have dedicated
their lives to helping the African people.Since the school provides education for grades Kindergarten through high
school, it is the hub for The Yetebon Project. It also offers vocational and
enhancement programs for adult men and women to teach them marketable skills,
thus raising the quality of life for their whole community.
and Noel have joined a network of Americans, using our talents to support their
How Can I Help?
Make a donation to Project Mercy to help them purchase glass for their
studio in Yetebon, as well as stringing supplies and other beads
incorporated into each awesome bracelet!