Ansley Johns of Heart For Africa

My name is Ansley Johns, and I am a sophomore at Hume-Fogg. Mrs. Cohn gave my Mom, Kristen Johns, and me your information and told us about Made for the Holidays. This summer we traveled to southern Africa where we had the opportunity to volunteer at a children’s home called Project Canaan ( in eSwatini, formerly known as Swaziland.

We had the privilege of meeting kids whose parents neglected them in extreme ways, however; because of Project Canaan they are healthy, happy, and safe now. While we were there, we got to play, laugh, and dance with the 250+ kids that call Project Canaan home. Meeting them and hearing their stories inspired me to help support them, so we are selling bracelets that Khutsala artisans, men and women from the surrounding community, hand-make to raise money for Project Canaan.

In eSwatini, the unemployment rate is 26.4% and 7.7% of the population are orphans, so Project Canaan has a profound impact on the country. The authentic and beautiful items made by the Khutsala artisans and their income funds about 30% of Project Canaan.