Loyola University Chicago

Loyola University Museum of Art

Art Illuminating the Spirit

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Emma Two-Stone Metal and Chain Necklace

Members: $38.69 Non-Members: $42.99

Product Description:

 Two-tone Metal and Chain Necklace. Handmade by women who are beginning a new life at Starfish Project.

 

"Xiao Li was raised in an impoverished family.  With only enough money to educate one child, her brother was chosen to attend school.  As a young girl, Xiao Li was forced to work.  When she was 17, her parents sent her into the streets.  She was desperate and without hope until she was rescued by the Starfish Project.  Today, Xiao Li is starting over in our shelter.  through our sponsorship program she is attending vocational school and learning computer skills.  She is very excited to finally be educated and have the opportunity to begin a new life."

 

The Starfish Project

Eight years ago, a group of friends, compelled by a deep desire to help sexually-exploited women, established the Starfish Project.  Women who have been physically, emotionally, and sexually abused and see no way out of their situation are given jobs making jewelry. 

They also receive housing, counseling, education, vocational training, and health care.  Over time, the women are encouraged to take on greater roles in the organization's leadership and to realize its vision to love and serve those who have been exploited.