February 21, 2012

{Clothed in Hope} Interview and Giveaway

Y'all, I recently met my new role model! Amy Woodell is the founder of Clothed in Hope, an organization whose purpose to EMPOWER widows of the Ng'ombe compound in Lusaka, Zambia. When these women suffer the loss of their husbands, they nor their children inherit anything. In fact, everything they own is stripped from them by the deceased husband's family. This is where Clothed in Hope steps in with their three step cycle of empowerment:

TEACH: Through skills training and education in preventable disease and financial responsibility, Zambian women are empowered for life change.

SEWClothed in Hope provides instructional training in sewing so that a woman can use her newly acquired trade and confidence to make a better life for herself and her children.
CREATEA ripple effect of students becoming teachers has the power to ignite change throughout Zambia, combating poverty and injustice for good. Women not only complete the course with a valuable skillset, they also have the ability to earn a solid income through the creation of unique, handmade {re}styled products.
They are able to provide for themselves and their families.

Did I mention this young lady is in her senior year of college?! AND she's moving to Zambia later this year after she graduates. Before I do too much bragging, let's dive into my conversation with Amy. 
Amy with two little girls from the village
Earl: Tell me about yourself, just as an individual.
Amy: I'm a senior, Retail major at the university, as well as a fashion and travel lover. I always planned to graduate and move to New York to pursue a career in fashion...maybe even work for a fashion magazine. My first trip to Africa was two years ago and my life hasn't been the same since then. I'm going to use my gifts to SERVE.

Umm...wow! 

Earl: What made you go from mission work to forming this awesome organization?
Amy: A trip to Africa was on my bucket list. I know that it seems like the "trendy" thing to do because a lot celebrities go there. I had traveled to other countries before the trip and I just wanted to go and have that experience. When I came back to the University, I had a hard semester personally and I couldn't stop thinking about the women of Ng'ombe. People would ask me about  Zambia but would only want a two minute summary. I felt as though there was a lack of understanding. I had this experience that no one else "got" so I turned to my faith. God prepared me for love. I found two other young people who decided to change courses in their twenties. It was encouraging to see people who hadn't planned from the age of fifteen do something and already be on their journey. I sat down, made a plan, spoke with my parents in January and made everything official on February 21st of 2011. I'm moving to Africa! Your calling won't always make sense.

Earl: Why "Clothed in Hope"?
Amy: I was sitting in my apartment on January 21st and knew that was the day I'd choose a name. I love the word "hope"  because it carries so much weight and signifies something that is life changing so I wanted to incorporate it into the name. I opened my Bible to one of my favorite verses and the name was born.

"I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with jewels."
Isaiah 61:10 KJV 

The word "garment" has a key role in The Bible...its what's covering you. From that I thought up Clothed in Hope.

Earl: Okay. Its time for me to ask my one possibly ignorant question. Where will you be living?
Amy: I would love to live with a family! I have to take not only my work into consideration but my safety as well. I'm working with someone to arrange my living situation. More than likely, I'll be in a neighboring village with volunteer workers and missionaries. I don't own anything that puts me above another person. I don't think that I'm better than anyone, so I'll be living in their traditional housing too.
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Earl: What is the best way for us to keep up with you and your journey?
Amy: The website, the blog, Facebook and Twitter. There won't be too many updates until I make the move, but I have so many ideas. There's going to be an email newsletter coming soon!

Giveaway Info!
I'm giving away two Clothed in Hope t-shirts to two readers.
LOVE Africa T-shirt: Small Orange
I love her LOVE Africa tees. 
 The selections will vary, but the giveaway winners will still have cute shirts that serve a great cause.

Please leave a separate comment for each entry.

How to enter:

Extra entries:
Follow my blog through GFC

The giveaway is open until 12AM EST on Tuesday, February 28th.
The winner will be chosen via random.org.
*anyone, anywhere can enter*

Happy Tuesday

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13 comments:

  1. I like you on Facebook :) What an awesome giveaway girl!

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  2. I like Clothed in Hope on Facebook!

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  3. I follow Clothed in Hope on Twitter!

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  4. This is so wonderful! stories like this reaffirm your faith in humanity. I found your blog through the blog hop and am now following through GFC and Linky.

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  5. I follow Clothed in Hope on Twitter

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  7. I liked her on FB too.

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