Nozomi Project: Beauty through Brokenness

The Nozomi Group will be speaking in our conference this summer and selling their jewelery! They are a great testimony as to how art built community and brought hope in the wake of the tsunami. Below is a short description of Nozomi from their website: www.nozomiproject.com. Buy their jewelery. Support their mission.

"Nozomi, translated 'hope' in Japanese, is a social enterprise bringing sustainable income, community, dignity and hope to the women in Ishinomaki, Japan by training women to craft unique jewelry products.  One third of these women are single mothers and grandmothers; most of these women and their family members lost their livelihood when the tsunami crashed through half of their city in 2011.​

Nozomi women are creating one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry featuring broken pieces of pottery left in the wake of the tsunami (called the Shards of Hope product line), as well as other beautiful products such as kimono accessories and note cards.  Each of our product lines has been named by a Nozomi woman in honor of a loved one in her life.

As broken shards are being transformed into beautiful treasures, so too lives are being filled with renewed dignity and hope."