Wow. Yesterday's Artists Helping Artists show kind of knocked me off my feet. My friend and co-host Carrie Waller introduced me to our guest Sue Takomot and the Nozomi Project. Sue's story is remarkable.
The Nozomi Project was started as a result of the triple disaster in Japan. Many of you might recall the earthquake, tsunami and nuclean meltdown that occurred in March 2011. In her story Sue explains "Our family is part of a team called Be One that moved up to Ishinomaki following the 2011 disaster. This team is composed of Japanese and American Christians whose desire has been to walk with the people of Tohoku and committed to seeing our community transformed. The first time I came up, I was cleaning out a park and began saving the many pieces of broken pottery. I thought, “What if we could make something beautiful from this devastation?" I couldn't shake that thought."
Sue's story continues. "In July 2012, we started gathering women together to make accessories from the broken pottery. Hundreds of volunteers helped to gather the pottery. Several professional jewelry artists came and taught our staff. A web designer volunteer offered to help us get a website started. Our Be One team worked together with our different abilities to do the finance, computers, and behind-the-scenes work that it takes to pull off starting a company." And that's how the Nozomi Project started.
Sue shared her story yesterday on the Artists Helping Artists show. You can listen to the Artists Helping Artists show here.
You can also visit the Nozomi Project website and see the beautiful jewelry made by these amazing women. They set up a special 10% discount code ARTIST for all of our listeners. Please consider helping their amazing project.
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