Bracelets for a cause


Juniors Sarah Kullen and Sydney Price sell these bracelets at various prices to raise money to help communities in Sierra Leone. The bracelets, as shown above, come in a variety of colors and patterns. (Photo Credit: Libby Miodonski)

Sierra Leone, a small country located on the west coast of Africa, is home to beautiful farmland, savannah, and rainforest. But over two decades ago, the country was harmed by a civil war that lasted for 11 years and ended in 2000. During this civil war, much of the water supply became polluted, making it difficult for the citizens living there to find access to clean drinking water. Mercy juniors Sarah Kullen and Sydney Price are hoping to raise money for a well in Sierra Leone by selling bracelets called rafikis.

The bracelets, which range from $7-15, make perfect gifts during the holiday season. They are long strands of beads that can be looped multiple times to be worn as necklaces, bracelets, anklets, and so much more. Some of the bracelets are Christmas-themed, and others have specific meanings behind them, such as courage, fearlessness, and joy. There are also other types that show what area the raised money goes to, such as water, food, income, or education. What’s special about these bracelets is that they were made by women in Kenya, and it is how they make a living. So when you buy a bracelet, not only do you help provide clean drinking water in Sierra Leone, but you also help women in Kenya make a living as well.

Through selling bracelets and various other items, Kullen and Price have raised around $300. While paying for a well is certainly a big goal, both girls hope that they can just keep raising money to give to the communities in need.

“I really enjoy [helping this cause],” said Price. “I really hope we can continue to sell the bracelets. I think it’s a great step in the right direction.”

Check out Kullen and Price’s Instagram page if you are interested in purchasing one of the bracelets @wetherafiki