Design Competition Supporting HEAL Africa to Launch During Nolcha Fashion Week

International ethical fashion showroom Bel Esprit is launching Donate Design to HEAL Africa, a sustainable business project during Nolcha Fashion Week--held simultaneously with New York Fashion Week for independent designers--on February 11, 2010. According to Bel Esprit, the project will support HEAL Africa to develop fair trade cooperatives in the Democratic Republic of Congo and will kick off with an international t-shirt design competition with the theme, "for those who dream of a beautiful world." More on the sustainable business project, below.

HEAL Africa provides medical and surgical services to the victims of gender based violence suffered from the military conflict in the region, as well as treating obstetric fistula from complications in childbirth. They have established a network of safe houses that offer support, shelter, and provide education and teaching skills like learning to sew and make bread or soap, basic business skills, and bringing other opportunities. HEAL Africa has a training framework that can be developed further into sustainable businesses. With additional funding through micro loans and grants and industry support, this program has the potential to evolve into production cooperatives.

Bel Esprit is committed to supporting this growth through fund-raising and consulting, matching international design companies to production cooperatives for manufacturing, and bringing finished product created by cooperatives to the international market. Donate Design to HEAL Africa is also joining with the United Nations Development Fund For Women's global campaign Say NO to Violence Against Women.

While the design competition does not kick off for a few more weeks, it's not too early to put pen to paper and start sketching your vision for a beautiful world, visit Donate Design for details.

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