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Give us your heart for Christmas!

♥ Merry Christmas! This Christmas we are collecting red hearts! Do you want to give us yours? ♥ We have been nominated as a ‘Matter of the Heart’ at the Danish Foundation ‘Brug Livet Fonden’. We would be so grateful if you would spend 30 sec. to vote for us! The organisations with the most votes will get support from the Foundation to their projects. This is how you vote. Follow this link: www.bruglivetfonden.dk On the page that opens, you just scroll to the bottom. Here you’ll see a black star. Click on it – it turns red – and you have given us your vote. Easy peasy lemon squeezy :) Thank you so much! Help spread the word!

Calvin challenges you to sign up as a member!

Calvin has made a nice new video – trying to get as many of you as possible to sign up to be a member of NDA. So far we have 20 members – the goal is to reach 300 by Christmas Eve! Support from members means that we can continue to be an organisation in development. Grassroots involvement and commitment does not only give us the spirit to continue, it is also essential for major funds and sponsors belief in NDA. Another important reason is that we need to have a minimum of 300 paying members in order for private donations to be tax deductible. It only costs 100 DKK per year to be a member of NDA. A small amount that means a lot to us ! See a live version of the video on Facebook by following this link: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=791489537560204&set=vb.232096193499544&type=2&theater

Calvin challenges you to sign up as a member!

Calvin has made a nice new video – trying to get as many as possible to sign up to be a member of NDA. So far we have 20 – the goal is to reach 300 by Christmas Eve. Support from members means that we can continue to be an organisation in development. Grassroots involvement and commitment does not only give us the spirit to continue, it is also essential for major funds and sponsors belief in NDA. Another important reason is that we need to have a minimum of 300 paying members in order for private donations to be tax deductible. It only costs 100 DKK per year to be a member of NDA. A small amount that means a lot to us ! See a live version of the video on Facebook by following this link: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=791489537560204&set=vb.232096193499544&type=2&theater

All Hearts beat the same

Calvin Xhalabile grew up in a shanty town outside of Cape Town, and had a harder start on life than most people. Today he lives in Denmark and has a degree in International Development and Communication. His dream is to be able to change the circumstances of life to the better for the people still struggling in South Africa – and the best way to do that, he says, is through access to education. This is one of the reasons why he decided to become a part of NDA. Calvin is also working on a story about his childhood and youth and we are so lucky that we can bring a short section of the story on our blog:   All hearts beat the same. In a sense when one takes an introspective journey, one feels like they are being introduced to a stranger and thus meeting oneself for the first time. I am tasked to write a story about myself but how do I write a story about a man that I do not fully comprehend and how can a grown man not know who he is? In looking back into my life I can see why I have trouble recognizing myself and why I had to […]

Et møde med målgruppen i Sydafrika

I februar var NDA’s projektleder Maria Liv Claudi igen i Sydafrika, hvor hun sammen med vores lokale samarbejdspartner mødte flere af de unge mødre, som skal deltage i vores kommende program: ‘Kunst skaber Liv’.  Følgende er et uddrag af Marias møde med Keisha, en ung mor på 16 år. På besøg hos Keisha Jeg følger med Keisha ned ad en støvet sidegade mod hendes forældres hus i Pineview i udkanten af den mindre by Grabouw. Her skinner solen skarpt på små huse af blik og faldefærdige murstensbygninger i stærke farver. Det er mit første besøg i Pineview og de mange fritløbende hunde stopper for et øjeblik med at rode i skraldet mellem husene og kommer hen og snuser til mig. Åbenbart beslutter de sig for, at jeg er fredelig nok, og lunter tilbage til affaldsdyngerne, som lugter ramt og kvalmt i middagsvarmen. Vi kommer forbi en gruppe unge fyre, som ugeneret fortsætter deres udveksling af kontanter og det lokale stof tik, mens de kigger på os; ‘no pictures’ råber de og griner. Mens vi går, gynger barnet i babyslyngen på Keishas ryg. For 7 uger siden kom han til verden, og det er snart et halvt år siden, hans mor […]

General Meeting

Nordic Designers’ Aid afholder generalforsamling fredag den 25. April 2014, fra kl. 17.00-18.30.   Tilmelding skal ske senest den 17. april, og kan sendes til claudi@nordicdesignersaid.com.   Der vil være mulighed for at stille op i bestyrelsen.   Mødet finder sted: Faberland Peter Fabers Gade 4-6 2200 København N.       Vi glæder os til at se dig!   De bedste hilsner

Green Fashion – more than just a statement

Tuesday evening this week I joined in on Fair2Wears meeting, where the two eco-friendly designers Rachel Kollerup and Johanne Helger Lund were speaking about their brands. A lot of people still associate organic clothing with shapeless dresses made out of itchy grey and white linen. Which is exactly the image Johanne and Rachel are fighting against. Ecouture Johanne Helger Lund has a background as costumier and is behind the brand Ecouture. She makes inspiring, bohemian and colourful design, which is anything but boring or grey. Her decision to focus on eco-friendly fashion has taken a lot of determination, patience and creativity. Even though sustainable and environmentally friendly fashion is gaining footage within the industry, making it as an eco-friendly designer is difficult. For one thing production is more expensive. Secondly, the market for organic fabrics and items (like buttons and laces) very limited. This means that you don’t have the same artistic options as a regular designer, as you just can’t find organic buttons in various different colors on the market. It forces you to compromise from time to time, using non-organic material to be able to make sellable items. This might seem as if you are compromising with your ethics, […]

In memory of Mandela

Some people have an amazing ability to inspire us. The kind of people who have always inspired me the most are those able to see goodness in others and to keep an open heart through experiences of poverty, unfairness and violence. Growing up as an empowered, educated woman in a loving family – never having to fear for my safety or to go to bed hungry at night has given me all the preconditions for a good life with a surplus of mental resources. Even so I can easily feel unfairly treated and defeated – ready to crawl away and hide under my duvet at night. A feeling that I believe come to all people now and then, no matter where in the world you are born. It’s just a part of being human I guess. Knowing how fragile one can be in all corners and places of the world – I also understand why it can spark extreme feelings of anger and resentment in your soul, growing up in an unequal and poor society – were it’s as if your voice is never heard no matter how loud you scream. You might start to feel so empty inside that you […]

NDA søger fundraiser

            Nordic Designers’ Aid (NDA) er en mindre, nyopstartet forening. Det betyder, at vi stadig er i planlægningsfasen og at det daglige arbejde pt. varetages alene af antropolog og stifter Maria Liv Claudi. Men vi er nu så langt i processen, at vi har brug for en ekstra fundraiser, som for alvor kan hjælpe os med at kickstarte vores arbejde og vores udviklingsprojekter. Vores vision som forening er at skabe bedre levevilkår og lige rettigheder for udsatte teenage mødre og deres familier i Sydafrika. Vi fokuserer primært på de landlige områder i Sydafrikas vestlige provins. I samarbejde med en lokal partner er vi i øjeblikket i gang med at starte et indkomstgenerende projekt og åbne en børnehave for teenage mødre og deres børn i landsbyen Elgin i Cape Winelands. Du vil derfor kunne være med til at fundraise midler til at starte det konkrete arbejde i Elgin i marts 2014. Derudover bygger en stor del af vores fundraising på et samarbejde med designere fra den nordiske tøjbranche. Vores mål er at indsamle penge til udviklingsarbejdet ved at sælge overskudsproduceret designertøj i Cape Town. Indtil videre har vi en mindre gruppe danske designere, som gerne vil […]

Nye (nuttede) næsehorn til Eva & Claudi’s CSR projekt!

Vi har igen hjulpet Eva & Claudi med at finde et udviklingsprojekt, som de støtter økonomisk ved at købe deres produkter. – og den nyeste tilføjelse til Eva & Claudi familien er netop ankommet fra Sydafrika i dag. De meget søde små næsehorn er lavet af hiv-smittede kvinder og mænd fra projektet Hillcrest Aids Centre i Durban. Det varer lidt før de kan købes herhjemme som en del af designernes kollektion (som en fin nøglering til din taske f.eks.) – men når du køber dem, støtter du både den enkelte person, der har lavet dem, og børn, som har mistet deres forældre til aids. Vi holder jer opdateret med hvor og hvornår de kan købes