Women Helping Women is a group of women at Orinda Community Church committed to taking action on issues affecting women both globally and domestically. A collective desire to “do something” to provide support to women who experience oppression was the driving force in creating the group, according to the group’s pastor and leader Reverend Lee Cruise. The group has studied oppression against women in the Congo, sponsored BeadforLife sales to benefit Ugandan women and presented a public forum on domestic violence in cooperation with Contra Costa’s family violence reduction agency STAND!.
Women Helping Women teamed up their church’s Sewing Circle to recycle gently used jeans and create tote bags to benefit a local area non-profit, ARM of Care, which uses Art, Recreation, and Movement as therapy to help rescued victims of trafficking.
Handcrafted baskets, jewelry, batiks, carvings and clothing were featured at an African Bazaar on December 13. Women Helping Women is sponsoring the holiday sale in conjunction with Asante Network, a Fair Trade Association member, which helps Women’s Groups in East Africa find markets for their crafts.