The Kalandia Initiative These hand-embroidered cushion covers and wrist wraps are made by Palestinian women. Not just accessories, they are a symbol of hope: by buying them, you’ll be empowering the women who weave them to support themselves, their families and their communities. Dhs995. Available at THE One, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 345 6687). www.qalandia.org.
Mawaheb From Beautiful People Charity initiative Mawaheb From Beautiful People, which runs a Dubai art studio for young adults with special needs, has given its students the opportunity to showcase their artistic talent by teaming up with high-street retailer Giordano. Students were asked to interpret the theme ‘World Without Strangers’, with their works transformed into a range of T-shirts to be sold across the UAE. Half of the proceeds from these limited-edition designs will be go directly to Mawaheb to fund the organisation’s development. Dhs40 each. Available at Giordano, various locations including The Dubai Mall (04 339 9864). www.mawaheb-dubai.com.
Women for Women The Women for Women campaign was launched by Harper’s Bazaar UK editor Lucy Yeomans and fashion retailer Browns in support of international charity Women for Women, which helps women in war-torn countries such as Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. Each year, different designers join the cause to create T-shirts to be sold in aid of the charity: 2010’s shirts were by British designers; 2011’s by Italians, and 2012’s collection showcases designs by some of Paris’s top talents. We’re talking Isabel Marant (T-shirt pictured below) and Agnès B (below left), plus Chloé’s Clare Waight Keller, Martine Sitbon of Rue Du Mail, Vanessa Bruno, and Nathalie Rykiel. All proceeds from the sale of the T-shirts go to the charity – snap yours up at S*uce. Dhs240 each. Available at S*uce, various locations including The Dubai Mall (04 339 9695). www.womenforwomen.org.uk.
Feed Founded in 2005, Feed aims to help fight child hunger, with money raised from the sale of its products going directly to needy children through the United Nations World Food Programme’s ‘School Feeding’ initiative. For example, money raised from the sale of the Feed 10 Pouch (below) provides food and skills training to ten women, while proceeds from the Feed Love Bag (below right) will supply 25 school meals to a child in an HIV-stricken country. The small Feed 3 Bear, called Nut (right), allows three children to receive three treatments each of ‘PlumpyNut’, a life-saving high-nutrient paste that’s used to treat acute malnutrition. Bags from Dhs199, bears from Dhs149. Available at THE One, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 345 6687). www.wfp.org, www.feedprojects.com.