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Urumqi, China

Urumqi, China

Urumqi is a unique city.  Located in northwest China in Xinjiang, it has the largest population of minority cultures.  In 2004, I had an opportunity to spend a month there teaching English and I loved it.  People are friendly, food is delicious, beautiful lake in the mountains and also desert land with camels roaming.

There has been a lot of political tensions in the region in the recent years with rioting between the Han and Uyghur ethnic groups.  The situation is still tense as of today. There are people who are jailed for their beliefs that is not in line with the government.
The people in Xinjiang love arts and culture which should be celebrated. Their love for dance, music and their exquisite traditional costumes should be the sound we hear in the streets, not the sound of war.
We hope someday to partner up with fair trade artisans in Xinjiang as they have beautiful silk scarves, handmade bags and tapestries.
Hearts and Hands: Artisans from China

Hearts and Hands: Artisans from China

Hearts and Hands began its work in 2000, first as a training class in patchwork and quilting for young Deaf, then as a small handcraft business employing young Deaf people who would otherwise struggle to make a living. Currently we have over 40 workers with hope for greater expansion in the future. Our workers are all deaf or disabled, learning useful life skills in a friendly working environment. Our hope in providing this environment is to help them realize “plans that will prosper and not harm them, plans for a hope and a future.”