Saturday, January 29, 2011

"Be the change you want to see in the world" Ghandi

YOU have an opportunity to make a difference. The i like book is running a promotion for 1 week & a large portion of each book sold will go to help a women’s shelter in India. Please read the letter below from a friend of the i like book, Crissy Bowers. She has a passion to help these women get back on their feet & give them hope that each day will be better and better.
Please look at the blog link and see how this jewelry making project got started and what it is doing for these women. For the next 7 days YOU can make an impact on these women’s lives when you purchase i like books.   Hope’s Gate is a new nonprofit organization and they definitely could use your support.

Thank you so much for your support ~ here are the details of the promotion:
January 29-February 4, 2011
40%off all i like books
Register your account at checkout & use code: donate40

How else can you help?  Please share this promotion with your friends & family!

Here is the letter from Crissie Bowers

Dear Family & Friends,

In March four of us will be traveling to Pune, India, to work on the development of a new jewelry making project that is giving hope to women who have been rescued from sexual slavery.  I'd like to ask you to consider investing in this groundbreaking trip by sponsoring me to make this life changing investment in many women's lives.

In November of this past year our organization, Hope's Gate, started the first jewelry making project at Project Rescue Women's shelter which is home to 19 rescued young women.  The young women have heartbreaking life stories.  Teena's story is one of heartbreak as well as hope.

When Teena was 12 years old, she wanted to be a doctor. She was the middle child of three kids.  Her uncle had a terrible gambling debt, so one day he asked her parents if he could take Teena to a carnival, but instead he sold her for $250 to a pimp to repay the debt he owed.  When her uncle returned without her, he told her parents that she ran away.  After several years of sexual exploitation she was finally rescued and made her way back home.  When she arrived at the door of her house, her parents finally learned the truth of what happened to her, but instead of embracing her, they rejected her because of shame.  Today Teena lives at Project Rescue House in India.  This jewelry project is giving women like Teena jobs with dignity in a safe environment.  

I have been working along side Patty Bauman, the Founder and Director of this Non-Profit,  since the very beginning.  I believe I am to make this trip to India in order to see the project first hand. Going on this trip will enable me to do the things the Lord is putting on my heart back here in the U.S., as well as have the opportunity to serve and bless these women and children.  I have an incredible heart to raise awareness of the plight of sexually exploited women around the world, and champion others to make a difference in these women's lives.  

While in India our team of four will be working on the development of the project by teaching jewelry making techniques to the women, taking photos and videos that will share the women's stories, and more  We will also be in the red light area of the city, visiting and praying with our friends there.  We will be working in several orphanages as well to see how we can make a difference in the lives of orphans and children who are at a high risk of exploitation.
Crissie Bowers

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

the boom boom room is an invitation only celebrity event that is in conjunction with the golden globes. the i like book was invited to showcase their books in a gifting suite. wow…the celeb list was long & strong! many came with babies, children or their new baby bumps. the boom boom room features the trendiest & coolest baby & kid products on the market.
Pictured below are: michelle stafford ~ young & the restless
                                    nichole sullivan ~ king of queens
                                    rosa blasi ~ lone star & general hospital
meredith & hannah

jewel with baby bump

guncles - scout & bill & their new baby