Jolica Foundation Partners with cbmCanada on New Club Foot Project

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The Jolica Foundation is excited to announce its partnership with cbmCanada in a project to correct club foot in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Through the Foundation, every Jolica party can change a child’s life, giving them ability to walk and run.

Esther after club foot treatment

The Jolica Foundation’s support will free boys and girls from the pain of twisted feet. It will free them go to school, play soccer, help out around home...

Fonthill, ON: The Jolica Foundation is funded exclusively through sales at Jolica parties where 5% is designated by the Hostess to one of the current projects. The new project to correct club foot in the Democratic Republic of Congo launched July 1. Initial response from Hostesses and Jolica Gift Consultants has been overwhelmingly positive.

Through this project, children under the age of 5 will be identified in their communities to begin receiving treatment. The treatment follows the Ponsetti method, which includes essentially a series of casts to straighten the foot and ankle and a minor surgery at the end to release a tendon. After receiving treatment, children can run, walk and play just like any other child. Their life can continue along its normal path.

If left untreated, club foot becomes not only physically painful for the child but also emotionally painful. As their ability to walk deteriorates, children increasingly remain at home or are forced to crawl if they venture out. Globally, 1 in 750 children are born with club foot. In the developed world, they receive treatment immediately. In the developing world, particularly in the poorest areas, these children do not automatically receive treatment. For them, not being able to stand up means that they do not get treated as humans, often going hungry and not receiving an education. By treating the club foot, this cycle is broken and children develop the ability to stand, walk and run which allows them to be members of their community.

The program is administered on the ground in the Democratic Republic of Congo by cbmCanada, a development organization committed to improving the quality of life of persons with disabilities in the poorest countries of the world. Their network is effective at identifying and treating the children; the Jolica Foundation will help supply funding. Every $1000 in retail Jolica sales will allow a child in the Democratic Republic of Congo to get the series of casts and minor surgery he or she needs to walk, play and live independently. Ed Epp, Executive Director of cbm Canada highlights the significance of this partnership. “The Jolica Foundation’s support will free boys and girls from the pain of twisted feet. It will free them go to school, play soccer, help out around home... Jolica’s support is hope!”

Jolica is a Fair Trade company that promotes jewelry, scarves and handbags through home parties. In addition to providing a business opportunity for women in Canada and the United States, it empowers Fair Trade artisans globally and supports projects of the Jolica Foundation.

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