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My Experience with Concern America

Tuesday

My husband and I had an amazing time in California visiting his brother and our sister-in-law. It always feels good to reconnect with family you haven’t seen in awhile.

My sister-in-law, Doreen, is a retired nurse. She has been active in an organization called Concern America.org for over ten years now. She has traveled to Guatemala with the health care corp assisting with health education, sanitation, and opportunities for families.

I was thrilled to tour the Santa Ana, CA headquarters where I met many of Doreen’s friends and colleagues. The organization is tied to the Catholic church but is open to all faiths, and it is not political.

What touched me was the philosophy that Concern America has for others in countries where starvation is a way of life. The doctors, nurses, engineers, etc. are invited by the host country to teach the people basic survival skills. Healthcare, clean water, education, and economic opportunity are the primary vision. Concern America’s mission is to transform need into self-sufficiency.

Crafts are taught as a way to raise the people out of poverty. The sales from the handwoven scarves, shawls, etc. help families by providing an income. I was amazed by the wide array of handwoven baskets, wood crafts, pottery, and jewelry for sale. I brought home plenty of items to remind me of this worthy organization.

Saturday night, I accompanied my sister-in-law to a mass where one of the priests affiliated with Concern America for over forty years spoke about his experiences. After the mass, I helped with donations. <3

Concern America

Concern America is a globally focused community development organization that builds local capacity in economically impoverished regions so that community members themselves are the agents of change.

Are you looking for an unusual gift? To view the Fair Trade Crafts for sale to the public click HERE.

Hugs n kissesIt feels great to be back home. <3

 

About Colleen M. Chesebro

Colleen M. Chesebro is an American Novelist & Poet who loves writing paranormal fantasy and magical realism, cross-genre fiction, syllabic poetry, and creative nonfiction. She loves all things magical which may mean that she could be experiencing her second childhood—or not. That part of her life hasn’t been fully decided yet. A few years ago, a mystical experience led her to renew her passion for writing and storytelling. These days she resides in the fantasy realm of the Faery Writer where she writes the magical poetry and stories that the fairy nymphs whisper to her in her dreams. Colleen won the “Little and Laugh” Flash Fiction Contest sponsored by the Carrot Ranch Literary Community on November 2017, and in 2018, she won first place for the “Twisted Travel” category. Colleen lives in Arizona with her husband. When she is not writing, Colleen enjoys spending time with her husband. She also loves gardening, reading, and crocheting old-fashioned doilies into works of art. Learn more about Colleen on colleenchesebro.com.
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30 Comments

  1. I love the idea of self-empowerment rather than simple charity. Great post.

  2. It sounds like such a worthy cause. I live in the area. Thanks for letting me know.

  3. This is an amazing charity. what a fantastic way to raise money. I’m off to view their craft page now. <3

  4. How interesting to read about this organization, Colleen! Concern America sounds like a wonderful organization that truly helps people become independent. Our church is affiliated with a similar group in Africa where they encourage, teach and support women to start small businesses. Wares like you describe are wonderful (we saw a few) and are skillfully crafted. I’m off to check out that website! Glad your California visit was special!

    • Thanks, Terri. It meant a lot to share this experience with my sister in law. I was impressed with the admin staff and their commitment to help people succeed. It’s so needed in our world today. ❤️

  5. Sounds like a worthy organization, and that pterodactyl blanket is cool.

    • I agree, Craig. I loved the textiles. I purchased an orange (matches my autumn color scheme) loom woven scarf that will go nicely on my dining room table. Gorgeous stuff. This site is a great place to go for unusual gifts. <3

  6. Blessings and mega thanks to your sister-in-law for the gift of herself and her training to others! Wonderful family story!

  7. It was such a fun vacation for you – spending with family, touring Santa Ana, and helping with good work at the church. It’s easier for people to participate in the giving when it’s not heavily religious. I do volunteer counseling at church, but we get people from all walks of life, and we don’t talk about religion in counseling. It’s a more effective way of doing it. You must be glad to be home also.

    • Hello, Miriam. We had a great visit. Lots of laughter and good food. Yes, I agree about the religion part. I was happy to assist. It was more about spending time with my sister in law. Besides, Concern America is a worthy endeavor. I love that you volunteer. It’s about helping others isn’t it? Hugs, Miriam. 😍❤️

  8. Such a worthy cause, Colleen. It would be wonderful if organizations like this were secular as well as nonpolitical, but I guess funding would be an issue if not backed by a church. So glad you had a fab vacation, Sis! Welcome home hugs ❤️❤️

  9. It sounds like a fun vacation!

  10. You have a heart of gold, Colleen! And so wonderful that you could visit part of your family in California.

  11. That’s wonderful Colleen. You leave your mark of kindness wherever you go Sis. <3 xxx

    • LOL! I met a young man from Guatemala who was such a sweetheart! I always have eye-opening experiences. Besides, you would have loved the wares. I purchased a scarf (orange) that was made on a hand loom. It’s perfect as a runner for my dining room table. Most crafts had a heavy religious overtone but I found a lovely angel ornament and one of a tree – hand painted. They’ve found a place amongst my witchy things in my creative room. <3

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