What do we do?
Why do we do it?
People with disabilities in the UK and the developing world are often extremely socially isolated, have reduced access to education and are often excluded from employment. They have skills, talents and abilities and just want to be given the same opportunities as everyone else to shine. That's what we're about. Our mission is to enable, empower and support differently-able people to reach their full potential through therapeutic crafts workshops, high-quality crafts training and social enterprises in the developing world that transform lives. Click the links above to find out more...
For more craft videos, select 'instructional videos' on the 'MORE' menu
Our online shop is now open! Click below. This quick 4 minute video shares the human story behind the products. As well as crafts from our projects in Ecuador and Peru, you can also pick up a craft kit to help you make the projects in our videos! Plus we have some free kits available for children with disabilities. Please watch the craft video to find out more and use the 'Contact us' page to request your free kit.
Hot off the press:
Article in the Yorkshire Post! (& a video too!)
Artizan International is the new name for Craft Aid International.
We've changed our name for two reasons :
1) to make it much easier to pronounce for those we work with in Latin America and - in the future - elsewhere in the world. This is really important so that the differently-able people we work with are able to pass on news about the project by word-of-mouth and let others know about the opportunities available for them.
2) because the word 'AID' possibly suggests the creation of dependency, which is actually the opposite of what we're about. We're about creating skills, independence and dignity, not dependency.
We hope you like the new name! Exciting times.