Monday, November 14, 2016

The Kutemwa Foundation is Beautiful

"The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you." ~ B.B. King

Join us in celebrating our newest giving initiative with the Kutemwa FoundationThe Kutemwa Foundation, alleviates the cost of schooling for young children in Lusaka, Zambia, by providing funding for required school supplies. Additionally, many children with whom they support are vulnerable to not being able to continue education or are orphans and must receive supplemental financial support to attend school. 

Since schools in Zambia work on a trimester schedule, there are three points during the year they look provide funding for school supplies including books, pencils, paper and more to the tune of $6-7 per child.

Additionally, when the school year starts many children do not have the means to pay for tuition or school uniforms. And while this is only Kutemwa Foundation's first year of operation, they are working to collect livelihood gifts to bless children with for the coming year (i.e., soap, toothbrushes, etc). 

How your purchase helps: Your purchase provides a child with required school supplies for an entire trimester. Additional funding from this Giving Initiative will provide tuition for students who need the supplemental support.

Connect with Kutemwa Foundation directly hereFacebook, & Instagram.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Seeing Beautiful in a #Home4Refuge

We're sharing Refuge Coffee Co.'s gift today. It truly is something to smile about.

If you don't know Refuge Coffee Co in Clarkston, GA, treat yourself and go there.



And when you go, be sure to meet Leon Shombana. His Congolese accent is like Christmas for your eardrums. Order the Nepali Chatpati (I dream about it). Clearly grab a coffee or tea because they're all divine. And take a load off in their home. You're always welcome.

Refuge Coffee is a special place for a lot of reasons. It's a dream that has been brought to life. It is a space where all are welcome and loved. Loved well, actually. Centered in what CNN dubs, "the most diverse square mile in America" Refuge Coffee celebrates the diversity that everyone brings to the table. You sit down with a stranger and end up engaged in an hour long conversation about historical significance of African boarder placement with maps drawn on the white board (that also serendipitously dons the words, "The world needs more of you.").

Take thirty seconds to disengage from the hustle of life and the scroll of social media to let Leon make you smile. I can watch this video on repeat.

To dangle the carrot, because it's beautiful written to, here's what Leon has to say about home, which is truly beautiful since it would be easy for Leon not to see beautiful. He was forced from his home in Eastern Congo and came to the US as a refuge. He's rewritten his definition of home after the life he has led. With Refuge Coffee, he's writing a beautiful story. We should all want homes like Leon has.

"My idea of home, is a place you live peacefully. Is a place you have good neighbors. Is a place you can interact with people. And if you look at what Refuge Coffee is doing, that is what you call home. It is a place you can find life. Is a place you have good neighbors. Is a place you can share your problems...and you rejoice with your friends or your relatives or your neighbors..." hear it in Leon's voice.

And I would be remiss to share that Refuge Coffee is currently working to permanently find a #Home4Refuge and you can be a part of making that home a reality here:

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

To See Beautiful

Sometimes feel like you're not quite sure how to create more beautiful in the world? Here are a few ideas from nine & ten-year-olds in one of our See Beautiful Clubs. Turns out, creating beautiful can be as simple as smiling. We really love that reminder.
Smiles for days..all the days.

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Friday, September 30, 2016

Forever We (&) See Beautiful

Forever We (select FOREVER WE) from the dropdown box
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Forever We is 501(c)(3) organization delivering dolls and books to kids with cancer. They partner with families, schools, corporations, and foundations to create an experience to foster "purposeful play." They believe children use toys to tell stories. Their once upon a time is now. Every year, nearly 16,000 children are diagnosed with cancer. Another 45,000 are in treatment annually, not to mention millions of siblings, neighbors, classmates, and friends who are also affected and want to help. Federal funding contributes less than 4% of their overall cancer budget to childhood cancer research and treatment. If our kids are going to live happily ever after we have to find a way to work together to bring awareness and funding to their experience.

Our huggable Forever We friend creates a conversation about a difficult subject. It provides comfort to a child in need and gives people who want to help a unique and meaningful way to get involved. Child Life at Cincinnati Children's Hospital has requested Forever We dolls for the families they serve. The world of childhood cancer is complex, scary, and often tragic. But in the midst of all that, it can also be beautiful. Stories of strength and hope continue to point toward a bright future that is only possible with your help. We invite the See Beautiful community to engage with families enduring an unfathomable diagnosis by communicating the message, "We are with you."

How does your purchase help? Your purchase allows Forever We to partner with Child Life at Cincinnati Children's Hospital to deliver our Forever We friends to the kids being treated there.

Love the cause, but don't need the See Beautiful swag, that's okay. You can donate directly to Forever We HERE and celebrate their beautiful work alongside them on FacebookInstagramTwitter Pinterest!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Love for the Elderly

SO EXCITED to unveil our newest See Beautiful Giving Initiative to support Love For The Elderly

This amazing organization was started by SIXTEEN-YEAR-OLD, Jacob Cramer, and the love he's bringing to Seniors is just beautiful! How could we not partner with them?! So many elders in our nation are neglected, isolated, and forgotten. Love for the Elderly is working to change this. Love for the Elderly is dedicated to enriching the lives of seniors in their final and most precious stage of life with loads of happiness! 

The core philosophy at Love for the Elderly is to make the world more beautiful by spreading kindness every day whenever possible! With your help, we'll be able to donate portions of every sale toward bringing love to seniors in nursing homes through inspiring "sunshine boxes!" Each SunshineBox costs somewhere close to $5, so for every sale, they'll be able to brighten one Senior's day with happiness by gifting them a box of sunshine (Goal: $1500)!
How your purchase helps: Your purchase will provide one "Sunshine Box" full of inspiring and uplifting items for a Senior in care. Or, you can donate directly to Love for the Elderly here.  Follow their story and become part of there community on FacebookInstagramTwitter, and YouTube.
You can get to shopping and helping them meet their goal here:

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Bringing the Silenced A Voice

Are you?" ~ Nathan Johnson, Mavuno

See Beautiful is listening. We stand with our friends at Mavuno as we mourn the loss of innocent lives in Beni, DRC. These are people who are so important to See Beautiful. Human rights are for everyone. Every. Single. Person. Everyone has great worth. Let's show that with love.
If you haven't heard about Beni and the repeated tragic loss of life you're not alone. In fact, if you google "Beni" the majority of hits on the first page are about a town in Bolivia, a Japanese cuisine, or a church in California. The fact that you can't read about a terrorist attack claiming the lives of at least 64 (and the number is still rising) with the use of a machete is evidence of the blanket the media has placed on the Eastern Congo. We must start talking. We must be a voice for those who are silenced - for those who devastatingly lost their lives. We must act from a place of love and we must honor the fact that every person has great worth. 
This article, The Difference between Beni and Brussels, written by Nathan Johnson, Mavuno's VP of Communications, does an excellent job providing historical and current insight into the injustice suffered by thousands. Please read it. Please share it. Please talk about it. Please keep googling. Please pray, love, and hope. Please don't feel helpless. We can all do something - and billions of little somethings aren't insignificant. They can bring about change. And change is necessary. 
Thank you, Mavuno, for leading with love.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

The Most Important Thing

Love; it's the most important thing. 

When we keep it the most important thing life gets really beautiful...and inspiring...and full of so much awesome.