Concord University Hosting International Gifts Festival

For Immediate Release: 
Apr 14 2015

CONTACT:  Sarah Dalton

Concord University

Office of Advancement

PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712

(304) 384-6312,         




ATHENS, W.Va. – The International Gifts Festival, featuring a collection of handmade crafts, will be held at Concord University April 27 through May 1. The gifts for the sale are provided by Ten Thousand Villages.  Ten Thousand Villages’ mission is to create opportunities for artisans in developing countries to earn income by bringing their products and stories to markets through long-term fair trading relationships. Representing the diverse cultures of artisans in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East, the event will run every day from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

The festival will be held in the International Center, located on the ground floor of the Jerry L. and Jean Beasley Student Center.

In 2014 Ten Thousand Villages customers created $7,500,000 in sustainable income which supported over 20,000 artisans in 34 developing countries.  With these proceeds, Ten Thousand Villages was able to add to their community of artisan partners. One of the newest partners is Mujibha Exports from Zimbabwe.  Founded in 1994, Mujibha Exports works with over 100 artisans throughout Zimbabwe.  In a country which suffers from unemployment of roughly 97 percent, Mujibha Exports works to provide full-time work to as many people as possible.  Mujibha Exports also offers support to artisans in acquiring raw materials and the capitol needed to produce their work.

“This year features a campaign titled ‘This is the Reason,’” said Nancy Ellison, Director of Multicultural Affairs, “With this message we hope to remind shoppers that giving a gift from The International Gifts Festival can be giving a gift that gives twice, once to the recipient and once to the artisans who created the gift.”

The festival is a great opportunity for faculty, staff, students, and community members to purchase crafts made in more than 30 countries.  The purchases will give artisans from developing countries opportunities to earn income that pays for food, education, healthcare, and housing.  This support will help sustain longstanding trading relationships that empower artisans, support thriving businesses and strengthen communities.

For additional information email Nancy Ellison at



Persons with disabilities should contact Nancy Ellison, 1-304-384-6086 or 1-800-344-6679 extension 6086

if special assistance is required for access to an event scheduled by the University on campus.