Journey of the Orphan Bracelet


The Journey of the Orphan Bracelet

The journey of the orphan bracelets is truly a global undertaking that eventually expands its reach to every continent in the world. Their journey begins in the United States, where the rubber rings, manufactured from recycled rubber, are purchased. From there, the rings are shipped to South Africa. The metals (all lead-free) used to adorn the bracelets are manufactured and purchased in India and are also shipped to South Africa.

Once in South Africa, the materials are picked up by OBC staff and delivered to our co-ops in small villages throughout the Eastern Cape. Each co-op participates in a four-month training program where they learn how to handcraft the bracelets and how to run their own business. The completed products are then picked up by OBC staff and shipped to the US for worldwide distribution. To illustrate this amazing journey we are looking for a sponsor for a coffee table book.

Once in the US, the bracelets are sold and distributed through a number of channels. Some are sold through bracelet parties on college campuses, churches or private homes where hosts screen the documentary, Angels in the Dust, the inspiration behind the Orphan Bracelet Campaign; some bracelets are sold through this website or at conferences and craft fairs; and other are sold through retail outlets.

Profits generated from the worldwide sale of the bracelets support our many programs, which provide basic services to children affected by HIV/AIDS. The main beneficiary of the Orphan Bracelet Campaign is the daily food program operating on the grounds of the African Gospel Church in Port Alfred. Bracelet sales help to feed up to 150 vulnerable children at least one meal a day, with up to three meals a day for children infected with HIV/AIDS. Approximately three bracelets will feed one child for 30 days.

In addition, these children are also screened for various health problems. Those who are ill are transported to local clinics.

For most of these children, the simple but nutritious meal of some type of protein, vegetables & fruit and rice is the only meal they will eat that day. Many of these children walk for miles everyday, carrying their own containers, and line-up to receive their daily rations. OBC’s goal is to be able to provide a second meal that the children can take home with them each day.

The cost to run the daily food program with a staff of four is approximately R 8,400 a month. Each bracelet that is sold provides a living wage to the women living with HIV/AIDS and allows the Orphan Bracelet Campaign to provide basic services, such as food, to children impacted by the AIDS crisis.