Peacepennies, an organization established by Blaine high school student Phia Sennett, with support from students Cassidy Hill and Martell Hesketh, will be selling hand-made and fair-trade jewelry made by female artisans in Mali and Darfur to raise money and awareness for microlending and universal birth registration at the Fairhaven Festival. The Festival will take place on May 30, following this year’s Ski to Sea race.
This is the second year that Phia, Martell, and Cassidy will represent Peacepennies at the Festival. Funds raised through jewelry sales at last year’s festival were loaned to 38 women.
To date, the Peacepennies team has loaned more than $8,500 to women entrepreneurs through the person-to-person microlending organization, Kiva.org
Since 2008, the organization has supported a number of low cost, high impact projects such as microlending and young children’s dental services.
Recently, Phia and Sheylin Sennett, Cassidy Hill, and Martell Hesketh received a grant from Ashoka Youth Venture to develop the Passport Project, an initiative designed to raise awareness about the need for universal birth registration.
Each year more than 50 million children around the globe are never registered at birth, thereby limiting their ability to attend school, obtain healthcare, own property, cross international borders, marry, and seek employment. Children who are never registered at birth are susceptible to trafficking, child labor, and other forms of abuse and mistreatment.
Peacepennies.org is a Blaine-based and youth-led organization that works to shed light on the state of global poverty and the most cost effective and find ways to reduce it.
For more information visit their website www.peacepennies.org