Each year at Amref Health Africa UK, we sell Christmas cards to help support our work with women and girls across sub-Saharan Africa. We offer a unique selection of cards each year and so often reach out to artists who are inspired by our work or who have a connection with Africa.
We're lucky enough to say that the artists we work with kindly donate their designs to us - meaning even more of our funds can go to where they are needed most. Here are our four designs for 2018, and the artists who designed them . . .
Michelle Njeri Small
Michelle met Katie, our Head of Fundraising, at a Kenya Society event in London earlier this year. Michelle shared some of her work with Katie - who loved it! And asked if she might consider donating a design for our Christmas cards. Luckily Michelle accepted - we're so pleased to be working her for the first time this year.
Michelle is a Kenyan-born artist, illustrator and print designer based in London. Her colourful and playful art style is inspired by life in Kenya and in London. She kindly donated her 'Hustle and Bustle of Christmas' design (top left above), which is fittingly based on busy Nairobi in the run-up to Christmas.
Jas is a self-taught Portrait Artist, living in London. Jasvir grew up in Kenya and it holds a very special place in her heart. In her spare time, she enjoys painting, doodling and fluid art. She hopes she can inspire people around the world to do more and give freely. This is the second year that Jas has kindly donated her work to us, last year she donated 'African flower girl'. This year's card (top right above) is entitled 'Peace'.
Catch her creating her works of art on YouTube
Louise Hill is a name many of our supporters might recognise - she has very kindly donated her designs to us for over 11 years now!
Louise was also born in Kenya and spent her childhood in Zimbabwe. She paints mostly with watercolour, but also enjoys oil paints, both mediums befitting Tanzania's vivid light, the sun-bleached colours of its landscapes, and the distinctive fabrics worn by its people. Louise lives in Tanzania, surrounded by "an impressive variety of scenery; mountain forest; lowland acacia bush; tropical coast land; townspeople and bush-people" - all of which appear in her paintings. Her card this year is called 'Maasai Star' (bottom left above).
To see more of Louise's work, you can visit her website
Sue is a London-based designer who first worked with Amref when she designed the Amref Williamson Tea caddy in 2012. She kindly donated 'African Christmas Tree' this year (bottom right above), which was inspired by the iconic acacia tree. This is the second year that Sue has kindly donated her work to us, she donated 'Star of Hope' last year.
You can follow Sue and see more of her work on Instagram
We're really proud to be working with all four artists and are incredibly grateful for their support - a huge thank you to Michelle, Jas, Louise and Sue.
If you would like to buy Amref Christmas cards, please order them online or give us a call to order over the phone.
Thank you to everyone who has supported Amref by buying Christmas cards already, we hope you enjoy them.