How the book came to be:
we made a book:
Bracelets was written, as many stories are, to build understanding
of a situation that many readers would otherwise find incomprehensible.
Every time this story is read and shared, a small step is taken to build
understanding and empathy for vulnerable children who greatly need to
feel safe and valued.
story behind the photographs:
photographs that are the basis for the story Mbalis Bracelets
were taken during a Rotary International community service trip to Kwa-Zulu
Natal SA in 2004 . Berri Kramer accompanied a Community outreach worker
on her visit to the child headed household you see in these pictures.
There Berri met Gogo, who was checking on her grandchildren. The pictures
in Mbalis Bracelets were taken during that week.
One year later, in 2005, Berri returned to visit with the family and
bring them supplies as well as their own albums with photos.
photos become an exhibit:
In 2004, Berri Kramers photos taken in Kwa-Zulu Natal were
exhibited in local libraries and colleges in Maine.
every picture tell a story; creating a picture book:
spirit of resourcefulness and creativity reflected in these photos inspired
Berri Kramer to create this picture book about this family. Although
the names of the children depicted here have been changed, the circumstances
of their lives are very real.
of Mbalis Bracelets is part of the mission of Mbali.org
a non-profit group. For more information, see the mission
a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, was established in 2006 to send
profits from the sale of Mbalis Bracelets to Community
Outreach Centers that help with the education and well being of orphaned