“Aim High” and “Dream Big”… Those were two of our Happiness Project goals in 2015. We had some pretty lofty ideas this year, and thanks to you, we were able to add a little more happiness to the world.
Over this past year, we undertook five big projects, in four different countries: Ghana, Bali, Guatemala and here in the United States. Two of these projects focused on inspiring and empowering individuals in our NOVICA family, and three others were more community-focused. We saw smiles everywhere!
Our most complicated Happiness Project to date took place in Ghana. Our regional director, Kwabena, told us one of beloved artisans, Collins, was sick with chronic kidney disease. He desperately needed a kidney or dialysis, and could afford neither of these expensive treatments. We initially surprised him with a check to pay off his old hospital debts and then got to fundraising and organizing his treatment. NOVICA’s amazing customers donated enough money to pay for six months of dialysis at a non-profit center. Collins was so grateful! Today, Collins is still dealing with his illness but is back at work, replenishing his jewelry supplies. We’re helping him out on designs and other artists in Ghana are graciously working for Collins, for free. His new products should be on our site soon. We will be sure to let you know when they arrive! More on info on Collins can be found here.
If you want to know why NOVICA was founded, you can look no further than Fermin Coguox in Guatemala. He’s lived in a remote village all his life and is an incredible weaver. His smile is infectious and NOVICA’s Guatemala office wanted to do something nice for him this year. His wife has been sick and financially the family has been struggling in a big way. This fall, the whole office traveled for hours to surprise his family with a worry-free day, complete with cake and carnival games for the kids. Fermin said this Happiness Project meant the world to him and shows him that he is not alone.