I’ve been noticing an awe-inspiring trend: Crafters are changing the world. Not only are artisans lending their creative talents to beautify our planet, their small actions have the ability to fulfill a social mission and change lives.
Often, I am asked to write DIY crochet projects. I know how to crochet, but I almost always choose knitting over crocheting. The two projects below have inspired me to rediscover the wonders of that hooked needle craft.
The first project raises crochet hooks to aid in scientific discoveries about climate change and the devastating effects it’s having on coral reefs (above). The second project provides employment and education to women who lack the skills and opportunities to lift them and their families out of poverty.
2 Crochet Projects Making a Difference
Global Warming, Coral and Crochet
Science writer, Margaret Wertheim founder of the Institute of Figuring, responded to combating global warming by drawing attention to distressed coral reefs around the world that are dying in droves from changing ocean saline levels, overfishing, and numerous other threats. By using crochet techniques to elevate the devastation, Wertheim is inspiring others to use their crafty talents for environmental activism and create environmental art. I’ve written more about this here.
Next: Crochet Hats Help Lives
Crochet Hats Help Lives
I found Krochet Kids International intriguing because the craft of crochet is a somewhat unusual hobby for high school boys to engage in, and that is who founded this project. Krochet Kids was initiated by a young man, Kohl Crecelius, who learned to crochet and decided his to teach his friends. In high school they were dubbed the “Krochet Kids.” Their inspiration comes from a desire to help people living in poverty. In 2007, the three friends traveled to Uganda and taught a small group of women how to crochet.
Today, the nonprofit organization employs 87 women in Uganda who divide their time between crocheting beanies and attending classes on topics such as personal budgeting and business management. The mission of Krochet Kids is to blend humanitarian aid and financial education in a way that empowers people to become self-reliant.
Check out this Krochet Kids video on The Daily Grommet:
Do you you know of any craft projects making a social impact? Please share!
Credit: “Crochet Coral and Anemone Garden” with sea slug by Marianne Midelburg. Photo © The IFF by Alyssa Gorelick.