Buying scarves can help relieve famine

Ten Thousand Villages is giving Langley residents the chance to help relieve famine in Kenya and to support Habitat for Humanity’s work in Canada by buying handcrafted Fair Trade products.

One of the most beautiful ways they can do this is through the purchase of the ‘Away with Hunger’ scarf, which is priced at $30.

Five dollars from the price of the cotton scarves, which are woven by hand, will be dedicated to famine relief in the areas of Kenya hardest hit by the drought.

In August, Ten Thousand Villages received a letter from Craft Link Kenya stating: “Many of our women producers and their families have been affected seriously by the hunger. Some women are being forced to feed their children with wild berries to ease the hunger. To try to help in this situation, we at Craft Link are contributing 10 per cent per item from our sales to buy food for the families.”

Olga Nickel, who manages the Langley location of Ten Thousand Villages, said that the store responded immediately by placing a large order and committing to donating $5 from each scarf to Mennonite Central Committee to help relieve hunger in Africa.

The Langley store, which is at 20525 Fraser Hwy., is also selling paperweights for $4. In time for National Housing Day on Nov. 19, $1 from the sale of each Home/Maison Palewa stone paperweight will be donated to Habitat for Humanity, with which Ten Thousand Villages has partnered with throughout this year.

The scarves and stones are available on line at