In a nation that was once rich with resources, it is heart wrenching to see what effects cultural and economical devastation can have on its inhabitants. Stripped of natural resources, their sense of family and ultimately hope, residents of many African countries have been left to face an uphill battle of poverty. Malawi is one of those nations riddled to deal with the angst of impoverished circumstances for many of its residents sadly, many of which are children.
In this African nation that boast a population of nearly 13 million, 1 million are orphaned children forced to try to 'make it' with limitations on food, clothing, shelter and education. To help combat the angst of the growing population of orphaned children in this country, Jillian Wolstein and her family have founded the H.E.L.P. (Hope, Education, Love, Protection) Malawi Foundation. Through H.E.L.P. Malawi, orphaned children are given the chance to make their aspirations become a reality by being afforded an opportunity become educated, live in safer shelters and have more food.
Many became familiar with Malawi when Madonna adopted her Malawian son from the country last year. However, there are many efforts being made to bring awareness and support -- H.E.L.P. Malawi is one indication of such efforts. The foundation has partnered with Lori Leavitt, founder, designer and chief executive officer of the Lori Leavitt Collection to launch the Panthera Collection. On Thursday, April 19, 2007, hosts Lubov Azria, Mena Suvari and Lori Leavitt will debut the collection at the Max Azria Boutique in Los Angeles, CA.
100% of the proceeds from sales to take place from Thursday, April 19, 2007 through Sunday, April 22, 2007, will go directly to benefit H.E.L.P. Malawi. Additionally, 15% of the Max Azria collection sales will go directly to the foundation. If you are a fashionista with a heart, a true visionary customer, please show your support along with your style by making your purchases during this important 4-day window.
The Panthera Collection boasts intricate designs of jewelry made from vintage 14k gold, white Tahitian pearls, sterling silver and other precious stones. The theme of the collection is the lion is not only to Africa, but also to the strength and courage that the children of Malawi possess.
**For additional information on how you can help with this necessary cause, please log onto the www.helpmalawichildren.com.
**For additional information on the Panthera collection or any other Lori Leavitt collections, please log onto www.lorileavitt.com.
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