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Artisan Marketplace Preview: Concern America

Concern America is an international development and refugee aid organization that works with economically impoverished communities around the world to develop long-term solutions to poverty.

Building upon local knowledge and experience, Concern America trains villagers to become their own health care providers, water engineers, and artisan cooperative leaders.

Since 1972, Concern America has worked in 15 countries on 4 continents, making a measurable impact in the lives of more than 2 million people.

In the United States, Concern America engages groups and individuals through their Social Justice Education program and Fair Trade Craft marketplace.

Concern America taps into a community’s greatest resource, the people themselves, to alleviate poverty and to improve lives. They are invited by local organizations to collaborate on community development projects and send long-term field volunteers who work with the communities to identify the most pressing needs and develop local solutions.

They focus on health care, clean water, income generation, and education. Their dedicated and expert field volunteers train local community members to be their own health care providers, water system builders, cooperative business members, and teachers.

Concern America is committed to the long-term, sustainable development of materially impoverished communities. They enter a new area to work with new people when invited by local organizations, and their dedicated field volunteers spend a minimum of two years working on the ground. Field volunteers train and accompany the communities so that they are able to lift themselves out of poverty.  Since its establishment in 1972, Concern America has a solid track record of working with disenfranchised people in fifteen countries across four continents.

Our friend Julie, also a volunteer for Concern America, will be on hand with goodies from Concern America to sell at the ENC Artisans Marketplace on December 2! Learn more HERE.

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