Can African crafts help save AFRICA’S SMALLEST FINCH ?

5 Feb


Vincent with the world's first Orange-breasted Waxbill made from beads

Vincent with the world’s first Orange-breasted Waxbill made from beads and wire Photo Eelco Meyjes

The Rare Finch Conservation Group recently briefed three informal bead craft artists ( Vincent, Lucky and Sophie ) to see if they could possibly make, using only beads and wire, the little Orange-breasted Waxbill which now needs conservation help. If their work is a success then maybe it can be sold  both locally and internationally to help raise much needed funds to SAVE AFRICA’S SMALLEST FINCH.

Lucky with world's second Orange-breasted Waxbill made from beads. Photo Eelco Meyjes

Lucky with the world’s second Orange-breasted Waxbill made from beads. Photo Eelco Meyjes

The project is still very much in its infancy. And based on general interest and demand the RFCG would be willing to help guide and develop the concept , to a level where it can one day perhaps create a small living for these informal sector artists PLUS at the same time generate some  much needed fundraising revenue and  public awareness for this tiny little gem of African finches 

The Orange-breasted Waxbill, with its exquisite orange, yellow, red, olive plus black and tiny bits of white in the hen bird is arguably the smallest finch in the world. And its colour now lends itself to a multitude of creative craft opportunities eg table place mats, necklaces, key rings, wrist straps etc.to help raise the public awareness for a very worthy cause.

Sophie with the world's third Orange-breasted Waxbill made from beads. Sophie has been asked to make some table mats, necklaces and key rings as part of a pilot project. Photo Eelco Meyjes

Sophie with the world’s third Orange-breasted Waxbill made from beads. Sophie has been asked to make some table mats, necklaces and key rings as part of a pilot project. Photo Eelco Meyjes

More about the Rare Finch Conservation Groups fundraising initiatives will be announced in the next couple of weeks.

Can African crafts help SAVE AFRICA’S SMALLEST FINCH ? only you can tell us.We sincerely hope that our followers and supporters will embrace this important new finch conservation project

The Rare Finch
Conservation Group is registered in South Africa as a non-profit organisation and is totally dependent on donors and sponsors to carry out its conservation work on finches in the wild. For more info visit http://www.rarefinch.org or write to the secretary at editor@avitalk.co.za


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