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Thanks to BeadWorks in Kenya, I have two lovely beaded Christmas trees to add to the Christmas tree and angel I bought last year.

Christmas trees and star earrings made from small beads

Beads for wildlife made Christmas trees and star earrings

I got these two trees, and a pair of green star earrings, from the Werribee Zoo –┬ávarious Australian zoos run the Beads for Wildlife program. The program enables local women to create bead jewellery and decorations, thereby having an income (valuable for their families obviously) and reducing the need for large numbers of domesticated animals so there is less competition for African wildlife.

In short, my Christmas trees are contributing to their motto of More Beads = Less Livestock = More Wildlife.

Beaded Christmas trees hanging on a bottlebrush tree

Beaded Christmas trees hanging on a Bottlebrush tree