Online Exclusive: World Neighbors

 

Written by Krystal Harlow in the October 2011 Issue

Just in time for the holidays, Oklahoma City-based World Neighbors kicks off their eighth annual WorldFest international shopping market on Saturday, October 29 at the historic Oklahoma City Farmers Market in downtown Oklahoma City. This highly anticipated international shopping event will feature thousands of gorgeous, fair trade products for sale including jewelry from India, handbags from the Philippines, Pakistani scarves, Peruvian pottery, African home décor, food items and much more. All the products at WorldFest come from fair-trade sources, guaranteeing that artisans receive a fair wage for their work.

“WorldFest truly is the must-attend shopping event of the year, and World Neighbors is proud to host this extraordinary event each year, knowing that our shoppers love the variety of unique product offered from around the world,” said Erin Engelke, vice president marketing and communications for World Neighbors. “It’s remarkable to think about the origin of these items – of the woman sitting in her village in Burkina Faso hand weaving a shawl or painting a bowl. People in many of these communities are living on wages of less than one dollar a day; so, instead of purchasing an item from the mall, it’s nice to buy something for your home or a friend that shows you care about your neighbors across the globe.”

Money raised from WorldFest will support the continuation and expansion of World Neighbors projects in more than 13 impoverished countries across the globe.

“Through education and training, World Neighbors helps communities develop lasting solutions to their problems,” said Engelke. “Instead of handouts, we provide the skills needed to face challenges such as hunger, disease, poverty and environmental issues.”


WorldFest will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, October 29 at the historic Public Farmers Market located at 311 S. Klein in Oklahoma City. Tickets may be purchased in advance at www.wn.org/events or day of at the event. Admission is $7 for adults and free for children under the age of 12. For more information about WorldFest, visit www.wn.org.

For those interested in a more personal journey around the world, World Neighbors will host A Journey Around the World gala at the Public Farmers Market preceding WorldFest on Friday, October 28 with exclusive WorldFest shopping at 5 p.m., cocktail reception at 6 p.m. and dinner and program at 7 p.m. The gala will take guests on a tour of the world, with specific emphasis on the 13 countries where World Neighbors works, including international cuisine and entertainment.

During the gala, Ray and Pat Potts will be honored with the World Neighbors Namaste award, recognizing them for their contributions to World Neighbors and for representing the qualities of World Neighbors mission throughout the Oklahoma community. For the second year, the World Neighbors & KFOR Dignity Award will also be awarded to individuals and organizations from the Oklahoma City community who work tirelessly to promote dignity in the lives of others.  For more information about A Journey Around the World or to purchase seats at $150 each, visit www.wn.org/gala or call 405.418.0407.

Headquartered in Oklahoma City, World Neighbors is an international development organization striving to eliminate hunger, poverty and disease in the most deprived rural villages in Asia, Africa and Latin America.  World Neighbors invests in people and their communities by training and inspiring them to create their own life-changing solutions through programs that combine agriculture, literacy, water, health and environmental protection. Since 1951, more than 25 million people in 45 countries have transformed their lives with the support of World Neighbors. For more information, visit www.wn.org.

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