If you’re looking for the perfect gift for a friend or relative this holiday season, while also filling the need to help those who are less fortunate, look no further than The Brave Collection.
An avid follower of New York Times columnist and Half the Sky author, Nicholas Kristof, I first heard of The Brave Collection through Facebook. There was an opportunity to buy the bracelet with an additional amount given to another charity. As much as I wanted to purchase the bracelet, it was the end of summer and I was running low on money.
I waited it out, did a bit more research, and decided to make my purchase. If Nicholas Kristof was a supporter, I had no reason to doubt the good behind the simple piece of jewelry. All too often, pieces that donate to charity just don’t suit my personality. But, the bracelets sold through The Brave Collection are almost too pretty to choose just one. Finally, after much thought, I decided on the coral.
Each bracelet says “Klahan” (Klaa-han) meaning “Brave” in Khmer, Cambodia’s language, and I don’t know a woman who couldn’t use a reminder on their wrist telling them to be brave. But, the meaning behind these bracelets runs so much deeper than that alone.
This line of jewelry is handmade in Cambodia, a country who has seen its share of hardship. Not only is the collection a way to celebrate and preserve the culture of the country, but also to employ talented, yet underprivileged artists. Each bracelet is woven by hand and symbolizes universal bravery. As if that wasn’t enough to make you want to purchase a bracelet, each purchase is also a donation to fight human trafficking and support for fair trade.
Additionally, this month, The Brave Collection is collaborating with World Food Program USA. If you purchase a Deep Blue bracelet, a donation will be made to support newborns in their first one thousand days of life. Just enter “WorldFood” at check out, and a donation will be made in your honor.
I wear my bracelet everyday as a reminder of those I am helping, and how I can help myself. Being a woman, no matter where in the world you may be, isn’t always an easy role to fill, and I don’t think it hurts for us to wear a bracelet that reminds us to be brave. To stick up for ourselves and our beliefs, to remind us what we are worth, and to knock down any and all stereotypes. A reminder on our wrists of who we are and what we are capable of is important; we all could use a little reminder now and then to be brave.
For more information on the product and founder Jessica Hendricks, check out their website, and while you’re there, purchase a bracelet for you or someone you love, to help make life a little better for someone less fortunate.