Passion for Brazil and Love for the Jersey Shore

Rio Designs is a for profit small business, socially responsible ECO brand that is committed to empowering artisans through creative design and sustainable economic opportunities. Founded in 2012 via collaboration partnerships by mutual friendship, Debbie Abazia, “Professional Model” and Christine Feldmann, “Founder” of Rio Designs was created as a platform to utilize the combined passions of ethical design and fashion. Percentage of the profits goes towards non – profit organizations, primarily to alleviate the burden of the up and coming communities and communities in need by working alongside the artisans including reputable organizations to better the current conditions nationally in New Jersey, USA  and internationally in Rio de Janeiro – São Paulo and Amazon, Brazil.

October, 2012 – Sea Bright, New Jersey just south of Sandy Hook surrounded by water of the Atlantic Ocean, the Shrewsbury and the Navesink Rivers (East Coast Shoreline) suffered the devastating results of Hurricane Sandy. The small community and surrounding communities where left with facing financial challenges, struggling with food insecurity, housing and unable to meet basic needs. Progress shows to be in a steady recovery process by working with organizations to aid and help the communities to get back on their feet.

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Post Hurricane Sandy summer project took place on August, 2013 – Sea Bright Public Beach. Restoring the shore has undertaken a large cleanup project. Helping friends, family and business associates getting their lives back has shown to be a community and national effort. Sea Bright has re-opened for the Jersey Shore Beach goers with its beautiful views and warm evenings. The semi – restored public beach attracted locals and visitors since the devastation of the storm. Sea Bright also known as a popular fishing village was also filled with fisherman enjoying the season and catch for the day. Since it is surrounded by water a spectacular sunrises and sunsets can be savored here.

With a passion and understanding to help cultures nationally and internationally, Debbie & Christine collaborated together to also create awareness for the Brazilian communities in South America that lack proper: education for children, care of infants and children, improve health with medical supplies, housing, food, water, clothing and the sense of dignity among the elderly, improve the quality of care for people with disabilities and support those affected by HIV/AIDS.

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June, 2013 – Brazil’s entire country has been awaken by protests initially sparked by a hike in bus fares in São Paulo quickly spiraled into nationwide marches against corruption. Demonstrations have since grown to include broader demands and condemnation of the quality of government services like education and healthcare as well as of corruption in general. Common dissatisfactions among the protesters are government corruption and citizens are calling on authorities to investigate alleged irregularities in the organization of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Despite the demonstrations, South America has a distinct pulse and you’ll feel it the moment you have connected to the culture – history of Brazil. Whether you find yourself exploring and researching prehistoric-looking Amazonian plant life prepare to fall in love with all this country and what its people have to offer. Brazil is a beautiful country immersed in new traditions, cultures, sights, and sounds. Due to a significant difference in financial gaps in society communities in need are experiencing shortage of jobs, many communities are forced to leave their homes and families to search for work elsewhere, oftentimes leaving young children and elder relatives behind.

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Debbie Abazia “Professional Model” and Christine Feldmann “Founder of Rio Designs” work alongside by volunteering their services with Clean Ocean Action and Sea Bright Rising Organizations to restore the shore and help communities in need.

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You can help and make a change.

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Rio Designs Love * Shop * Live * Life is a small business dedicated to supporting communities in need by working together with the Brazilian Artisans and their Eco- Friendly products alongside Sol and the Fair Trade organization. By promoting the Brazilian cultural splendor, contributing to the economic development, sustainability of the up and coming communities in large cities including the poor rural urban communities in Brazil. We at Rio Designs work in conjunction with the association of artisans and the eco-green fashion line. Every hand crafted accessories holds a unique beauty and charmed designs. Made from 100% recycled materials, fabric scraps, PET plastics, seeds, and other natural sources including non- toxic dyes.

Rio Designs is a small business – independent organization that does not take money from corporations or government. We rely on individual donations from people just like you. Please join us and help support communities in need and to help stop the deforestation in the Amazon rainforest, Brazil and to the hurricane sandy victims in the New Jersey -East Coast Shore Line, USA. It is a global effort, of course it would not only benefit the fundraiser(s) of the different organization(s) and or communities in need but it also brings a sense of peace to help others that are less fortunate.

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With your purchase from Rio Designs you have directly helped:

The Oficina Boracea is a shelter for the homeless run by the City Government of São Paulo, Brazil. It was developed as an effort to create opportunities for income generation for the homeless residents of the shelter. The association of artisans includes former and current residents of the shelter who after a period of apprenticeship are able to earn enough to pay for their own housing. Rio Designs works alongside with Sol and the Fair Trade Organization.

A percentage (%) of every accessory and or apparel sold from Rio Designs will be donated to a reputable foundation(s) including charitable organization(s) such as; Catalytic Communities, Oficina Boracea, Amazon Watch, Greenpeace, WWF Brazil (to support life and protection of the Amazon Rainforest) and Sea Bright Rising Organization (Jersey Shore Hurricane Sandy Victims). The Goal for this is to give back to the communities in need in Brazil and the USA by helping families and children gain some sense of normality back into their lives, from basic needs and necessities to housing, education and medical coverage.

Rio Designs (depending on product price) for every item sold from our website we will automatically donate, $1 to $10 to every organization mentioned on www.RioDesigns.org donate individually without direct purchase please view link: http://riodesigns.org/donate/

  1. Clean Ocean Action – Waves of Action “For the Shore” (Volunteer & Donation)
  2. Amazon Watch (Donation)
  3. Sea Bright      Rising (Volunteer & Donation)
  4. Catalytic      Communities (Donation)
  5. WWF –      Brazil (Donation)
  6. Greenpeace      (Donation)

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Courtesy information provided by: COA

In response to Super-storm Sandy, Clean Ocean Action has organized the Waves of Action “For the Shore” program which has coordinated over 3,800 registered volunteers at over 70 projects across New Jersey.  The 2013 Waves of Action program, which consists of monthly days of service, responds to the impacts of Super-storm Sandy and helps improve and protect the marine environment.  COA is engaging its network of organizations, businesses, citizens, and municipalities to help coastal communities throughout New Jersey in need over the long term with volunteer action. http://www.cleanoceanaction.org/ COA LOGO

Courtesy information provided by: Sea Bright Rising

Sea Bright Rising is a non-profit organization devoted to the relief of the needy and/or displaced and the general recovery of the town of Sea Bright, New Jersey as a result of the devastation created by Hurricane Sandy in the Fall of 2012. Sea Bright Rising is focused on three main components of recovery in Sea Bright. http://seabrightrising.org/

Residents Sea Bright Rising will financially assist displaced Sea Bright residents with alternative housing. The organization will also provide assistance to residents in restoring basic services such as electric and gas to storm damaged homes, when appropriate.

Business Community Sea Bright Rising is committed to helping restore a vibrant business community by providing short term financial assistance to enable businesses to rebuild.

Community Infrastructure Sea Bright Rising will assist in the general recovery of the town’s devastated landscape and infrastructure.

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Courtesy information provided by: Catalytic Communities ~ CatComm.org

Catalytic Communities is a nonprofit organization based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil dedicated to destigmatizing Rio de Janeiro’s “favela” communities and integrating them into the wider society, generating global recognition of their heritage status through education, research, training, communications, technology, networks, participatory planning and advocacy. http://catcomm.org/about/

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Courtesy Information provided by: WWF – BRAZIL

The Amazon is home to the largest remaining rain forest in the world!

We must preserve the Amazon Forest and STOP Deforestation!

More than 30 million people from including 350 indigenous and ethnic groups, live in the Amazon and depend on nature for agriculture, clothing and traditional medicines. Most live in large urban centers, but all residents rely on the Amazon’s natural bounty for food, shelter and livelihoods.

Protecting and conserving the Amazon, a place two-thirds the size of the U.S., is a big job. WWF has been working in the Amazon for 40 years and is at the forefront of efforts to protect the forests, species and people that call it home. We engage local communities and partner with governments to identify solutions that bridge the needs of economic development and conservation.

http://worldwildlife.org/places/amazon

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Courtesy information provided by: Amazon Watch – Our Mission

Amazon Watch is a nonprofit organization founded in 1996 to protect the rainforest and advance the rights of indigenous peoples in the Amazon Basin. We partner with indigenous and environmental organizations in campaigns for human rights, corporate accountability and the preservation of the Amazon’s ecological systems.

http://amazonwatch.org/about

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Courtesy information provided by: Greenpeace

The Amazon is a vast and majestic rainforest teeming with an estimated quarter of all known land species. The jaguar, the pink river dolphin, the sloth, the world’s largest flower, a monkey the size of a toothbrush and a spider the size of a baseball are just a few of the species that we know about – there are many more yet to be discovered.

It is also home to over 20 million people including hundreds of indigenous peoples, some of which have never been contacted by the ‘outside world’.

And finally, the Amazon stores 80 to 120 billion tonnes of carbon, helping to stabilise the planet’s climate.

http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/campaigns/forests/amazon/

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