Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown poses w/ a Hope Peace Cord! Thanks to our friend Rahilla for sharing!
Irish or not, get in the festive St. Patrick’s Day spirit with one of our green Peace Cord styles! Choose from (top to bottom) Marine Dress, Hope Grey Sage, Fatigue Green, or Army Dress. www.peacecord.org
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Tagged Army, army dress, ARZU STUDIO HOPE, fatigue green, green, holidays, hope, hope grey sage, irish, Marine Dress, Marines, st. paddy's day, st. patrick's day
“Great way to support what our soldiers make possible overseas!” – Sarah-Jane in Paris, KY
“This is wonderful. I do want to say, I have worn mine everyday for the past year, never once taken off… Not as a trend, but showing my pride in the sacrifices that are made for us each and everyday.” – Jodi in Unknown
“I’ve been wearing my Arzu/ Hope Peace Cord. I gave my dad an Army dress cord because he was in the Army, but I have a feeling my mom will end up wearing it instead. She saw it when he opened it at Christmas and instantly liked it.” – Gail in Maryland
WE ASKED: What Peace cord style(s) do you wear the most and why?
“Green Marine Dress bracelet. It’s classy and a great conversation starter!” – Sara Jean
“I wear the Desert Khaki! It’s actually one of my husband’s favorite colors! It’s a reminder…a prayer…that my Afghan husband will get to see his family again one day and I will too!” – Laura
“Black with silver Air Force! My fav clothing color, plus it represents my father-in-law who is a retired Air Force and a special guy.” – Roxann
“Proud to wear the @PeaceCord. #GivePeaceaChance” – Karmin, band
“Can’t wait to wear my @PeaceCord to welcome home my brother from deployment in Afghanistan in March.” – Amanda in Unknown
“So awesome that Gavin [DeGraw] ‘gets it!’ When celebs promote Peace in this way, it has a deeper impact for those it serves!” – Teri on the East Coast
“We’re happy to share the love with such a great charitable cause! We’re wearing our new bracelets very proudly!” – Her Late Night Cravings blog
“They are super chic and fashion forward and support a great cause – awesome combination!” – Dorothy Cascerceri, Senior Editor of In Touch Weekly
“University of Wisconsin-Madison Women in Business love @PeaceCord bracelets! Such a great cause to support women across the globe!” – UWWIB
Thanks so much to everyone who shared their thoughts! We appreciate your ongoing enthusiasm and support for Peace Cord!
Posted in Fans, Military, Peace Cord, Testimonial
Tagged Afghan women, Afghanistan, Air Force, ARZU STUDIO HOPE, Facebook, peace, quotes, soldiers, troops, Twitter, veteran
A great photo from a recent ARZU STUDIO HOPE event in Louisville, Kentucky in September. Guests from the event wear their Peace Cords proudly!
Photo by Joshua Miller 2011
ARZU STUDIO HOPE was highlighted in a story about Boston-based nonprofit Beyond the 11th in a CBS ‘The Early Show’ special on Thursday, September 8. Since 2005, Beyond the 11th and ARZU STUDIO HOPE have worked together to bring education, healthcare and economic opportunity to women, many of them widows, in Afghanistan. Beyond the 11th has helped to fund a number of key ARZU initiatives including constructing and furnishing the ARZU Women’s Community Center in Dragon Valley, Bamyan, building the Children’s Playground at the nearby ARZU Garden Center, supporting the Peace Cord project, providing scholarships for three young women pursuing higher education and delivering bonuses for widow rug weavers.
See the CBS video here.
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Tagged Afghan women, ARZU rugs, ARZU STUDIO HOPE, CBS, gifts that give back, morning shows, television, The Early Show, tv shows
Check out the photos and submissions from our Mother’s Day Contest winners! The winners will each receive two Peace Cord bracelets as a prize. Congrats to everyone!
GARY ALFORD, "New Mom"
Gary says: “I have already purchased 3 of them a couple of months ago. I would like to win 2 of them to give out to my team time literature kids who have worked really hard on reading with no complaints, learned the vowel sound combinations, did all their work required and showed improvement on reading tests every week on number of words read per minute. This would force them to work harder, I feel. It did last time.”
JACQUELINE BOYER, "Navy Girl - The Walking Advertisement"
Jacqueline says: “I love my peace cord! It reminds me to pray everyday for peace in the world and for the troops. I bought the peace cord to support the efforts of the Afghan women and their empowerment and for the support of the troops. I bought the navy peace cord to honor the memory of my father-in-law who served in the navy during World War II. I believe in this program and think it’s a great idea. I hope your effort spread across the globe.”
DEDEE SIVE, “Spirit Sisters!”
Dedee says: “Mother’s Day – A day for ALL women to rejoice and share the sheer joy of being a mom or the desire to be one. We women raise most all the children, so we must instill in future generations that we really are a ‘global society’ made up with the fabric of diversity. Let the Peace Cord on your wrist be a reminder of our sisters who are in a struggle to bring peace and equality to their lives and their families – they have tremendous resolve and spirit. They are a beacon of light spreading hope to many, their voices want to be heard! Support our ‘spirit sisters’ by proudly wearing your Peace Cord and giving Peace Cords to all those you love on Mothers Day.”
KRISTIN BUSH, “Childhood Bonds, Motherly Peace”
Kristin says: “My mother holds a very special place in my life. She really is my best friend and is the one who has always been an important role model in my life and now, an important figure in my daughter’s life. My mother brings me peace and the peace cord symbolizes the bond, the tie we share forever.”
DIANE ROCHEFORT, “A Woman is Always a Mother”
Diane says: “I purchased a Peace Cord Bracelet for a gift for a Foster Mother who has done more for a child than many birth mothers! It is truly amazing how a “special mother” can add such love and value to the life of a young man whose birth mother wasn’t able to carry the load. A Woman is always a mother, even if she hasn’t had any of her own children, when she reaches out to someone in need and gives them her love and support.”
Posted in Fans, Peace Cord, Photos, Testimonial
Tagged 2011 Mother's Day Contest, announcements, ARZU STUDIO HOPE, contest, Mother's Day, mothers, peace, women
Johanna, Editor-in-Chief of the blog Goodlifer, shows off her Peace Cord in this great photo!
You can read the article she wrote on Peace Cord here.
Here are some more quotes from supporters of Peace Cord!
“I [purchased Peace Cord] as a gift for a young lady who is graduating from college and will be commissioned as a Navy Officer this coming May. My daughter graduates from the same program next year and will be a Navy Nurse…and I am retired from the US Navy after serving 25 years. Women today in our country have so many freedoms and having traveled to some not so nice places during my 25 year career I know that is not the case in many nations in Africa/ Middle East/Asia. I bought the Peace Cord [bracelets] for the these young Naval officers to remind them that what they do is not just important to the citizens of the United States, but hopefully their service will stand for a greater gift…freedom for so many, especially women, who are still oppressed in so many nations. God bless you for what you do to facilitate a means for the women of Afghanistan to endeavor to gain that independence and freedom that they so richly deserve!” – Pam Jacobsen, US Navy Retired
“I was given one of the Navy Peace Cord bracelets from my sister & I LOVE IT!!! My son bought one in honor of his cousin who just entered the army & was just sent to Afghanistan.” – Karen in VA
“If you’re on my Christmas list this year… guess what you’re getting… hint hint – these are awesome accessories with a special story to go with them…. the PERFECT gift!” – Heather in Riner, VA
“Peace Cords are a hot item at the George W. Bush Presidential Center Conference on Afghan Women!” – Jenifer in Austin, TX
(The conference was held at Southern Methodist University in Dallas last week.)
Once again, we are so grateful for the positive response. Thanks to everyone who shared their comments! WEAR PEACE PROUDLY!
We are thrilled that Peace Cord was featured as part of a “gifts that give back” special on The Today Show this morning! Dannielle Kyrillos of Daily Candy highlighted the bracelets as a “do-good” product. You can watch for Peace Cord and other great products in this clip on The Today Show website!
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Tagged Afghan women, Afghanistan, ARZU STUDIO HOPE, Daily Candy, Dannielle Kyrillos, gifts that give back, NBC, products, Spirit of America, television, The Today Show, troops, TV, TV segment
Happy International Women’s Day! Peace Cord™ is committed to empowering women of Afghanistan through the handmade bracelets that they weave, as well as supporting the troops so that they can provide assistance with grassroots initiatives in rural areas of Afghanistan. By ordering a bracelet and Wearing Peace Proudly, you can help contribute to both of these important causes!
You can find out what Connie K. Duckworth, Founder & CEO of ARZU STUDIO HOPE (partners with Spirit of America on the Peace Cord initiative), had to say in honor of International Women’s Day in her blog post today.
A Peace Cord weaver smiles as she attaches a brass button to a bracelet
A big thanks to all of our supporters, as well as every person and organization dedicating their lives to empowering women worldwide!