BeadforLife Curriculum

Are you an educator or youth group leader looking for a way to engage your students in global poverty issues? BeadforLife is proud to offer an interactive service learning curriculum to help educators and youth join in the fight against poverty.

BeadforLife is a nonprofit organization that works to eradicate extreme poverty by creating bridges of understanding between impoverished Africans and concerned world citizens. Ugandan women turn colorful recycled paper into beautiful beads. Women in Northern Uganda, displaced by a 20-year war, are now rebuilding their lives by gathering shea nuts and pressing them into shea butter for cosmetics and soaps. And people who care open their hearts, homes and communities to buy and sell both products. The beads and shea butter become income, food, medicine, school fees and hope. It is a small miracle that enriches us all.

The BeadforLife Curriculum is designed for grades 6-12 but is easily adapted for younger and older students. Students will use hands-on activities, simulations, and discussions to better understand global poverty and ways they can take concrete actions to help.

Using the curriculum is easy and BeadforLife has included everything to support you from start to finish including step-by-step instructions, reproducible handouts, video, original African music and much more.


  “I went online, was intrigued by the examples shared and decided to purchase the full package. And I am so happy that I did. I truly think it added to the students understanding of Africa and poverty. It was amazing how it complimented our current curriculum and even took it to the next level of awareness.”
Kristie Coughlin — Silver Lake Intermediate School

In the Take Action section of the curriculum students will learn about how they can help eradicate poverty locally and globally. One option presented is to host a BeadforLife “Fundraising with Curriculum” BeadParty and raise funds for the organization of your choice. Your organization will receive a donation check for 20% of funds raised at your BeadParty. Hosting a BeadParty is fun and easy. BeadforLife will support you every step of the way.

Visit for more information. Local Southern California contact: Stacey Constantine, Community Partner Volunteer

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