How We Love the Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Eswatini

February 11, 2021

Heart for Africa has children's homes for kids who need to grow up in a new circumstance, one that's better, healthier, and imbued with love. These children's homes offer nutritious meals, good snacks, an excellent education, love, attention, and family, all of which are new to the children who are receiving them.

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6 Pieces of Eswatini-Inspired Jewelry to Get Your Valentine

February 04, 2021

At Khutsala Artisans, our team really likes to show and spread love. We do it willingly, joyfully, and eagerly because it's one of the best gifts we can offer others. Whether it's someone we know or a stranger on the street, at Khutsala Artisans, we love intentionally. And this statement is even more true in Eswatini, Africa. 

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5 Pieces of Handmade Jewelry and Decor that Inspire Hope

January 28, 2021

Google defines hope as a feeling of expectation or desire for a certain thing to happen. Wikipedia provides a similar explanation but goes more in-depth. It defines hope as "an optimistic state of mind that's based on the expectation of positive outcomes with respect to events and circumstances in one's life or the world at large." 

When people have hope, they are expectant—they believe positive things will happen. They're not discouraged by the future or the obstacles that lie ahead. Instead, they're optimistic about what the future holds. 

This feeling of expectancy and optimism is something that Khutsala Artisans, a Heart for Africa initiative, seeks to instill in Eswatini, Africa. While full of Swazis who have potential, the kingdom is home to many individuals who experience traumatic circumstances that leave them without any hope for something better. 

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Why Better Education in Eswatini Is Crucial to the Kingdom’s Advancement

January 21, 2021

A good education is not just important. It's a must. 

For any country to thrive and progress, it needs to have a school system that empowers its citizens to contribute to society and stimulate the community. Otherwise, its people will suffer. 

A lack of education can prevent well-meaning individuals from getting ahead in life. It can lead to poverty, poor health, unemployment, shorter lifespan, exploitation, and gender inequality. 

Given the impact of these consequences, it'd be easy to assume that every country has an excellent education system to ward off any adverse effects. However, that's not the case. 

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From Orphans to Children: Meet 5 Kids in Eswatini That've Received Hope

January 14, 2021 3 Comments

Hope is the only thing that can get people from point A to point B, which is why Khutsala Artisans, a Heart for Africa initiative, is so adamant about providing it. In a small kingdom in Southern Africa, Khutsala Artisans is working to provide hope in Swazis' lives. 

The hope Heart for Africa and Khutsala Artisans desires to bring centers on four key elements: hunger, orphans, poverty, and education. Each factor represents a letter in the word hope, turning it into an acronym that keeps Heart for Africa and Khutsala Artisans focused on the main areas of life that they want to elevate. 

But these areas of life weren't accidentally chosen just to create a catchy acronym. They focus on hunger, orphans, poverty, and education because these are the most significant areas of need for Swazis.

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5 Ways to Reduce Hunger in Eswatini

January 07, 2021

Khutsala Artisans loves to provide beautiful, handmade jewelry, but there's something the organization cherishes even more: helping reduce hunger in Eswatini, Africa. 

Khutsala Artisans, a Heart for Africa Initiative, assists in decreasing hunger in a kingdom suffering from a lack of food and financial resources that can help provide it. 

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What are the Top Christmas Traditions in Africa?

December 17, 2020

When you think of Africa, it's easy to dream up images of beautiful jungles, hot deserts, scattered villages, and exotic animals. Those pictures are hardly relatable to what you see in America. And yet, there is still one significant thing that brings the two places together: Christmas.

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A Christmas Gift Giving Guide Inspired by African Artisans

December 10, 2020

What are you buying your loved ones for Christmas this year? 

More than likely, you're considering a plethora of different ideas: shoes, clothes, electronics, cooking ware, and toys.

During this time of year, the options are limitless. There are commercials, ads, billboards, and social media posts that all promote different Christmas gifts that you can give family and friends. But what if you don't want to buy your loved ones a present that's traditional, expected, or the same ole, same ole? 

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The History of Christmas Trees Around the World

December 03, 2020

While loved in the U.S., Christmas trees did not originate in America. In fact, the history of Christmas trees expands all around the world, and their usage dates back to ancient Egypt and Rome. 

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6 Things You Can Do to Support Orphans in Eswatini

November 19, 2020

Sometimes, it's hard to connect with the obstacles that other people experience in countries you don't live in or regularly visit. Because thousands of miles—and maybe even an ocean—separates you from events that are happening across the world, it can be challenging to understand the hardships that people face. 

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Why the Orphan Crisis in Eswatini is Ongoing

November 12, 2020 3 Comments

Out of 1.1 million people, there are over 200,000 orphans in this landlocked country that's situated in Southern Africa. Many of the orphans live on their own or with extended family members who don't have enough resources to adequately provide for another person.  Read more to learn about this crisis.

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What's the Importance of Fair Trade and Why Buy Fair Trade?

November 05, 2020

Fair Trade is a term that gets tossed around quite often. When you stroll up and down the aisles in Whole Foods, for example, you might hear someone talking about Fair Trade and asking for Fair Trade products. However, if you've never heard of Fair Trade, you've likely seen multiple items with Fair Trade labels and have wondered whether or not you should buy them. 

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