This unique chandelier made out of 1000 paper cranes works as nifty dangling art and as a feel-good piece for the living room. It's on eBay now until Sunday, July 19
(current bid: $50) as a fundraiser for a Portland nonprofit that aims to expand a school and provide clean drinking water to children in Nepal.
The nonprofit founded by Reed College graduate Xeno Acharya is called Namaste Kathmandu
. And the idea for the crane chandelier comes from the story of Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes
, a tale of a girl who crafted hundreds of paper cranes before she died of leukemia.
Volunteers created this chandelier for Project Sarurun
— a small "grassroots humanitarian network" started in Washington, D.C. It's the organization's first project. Founder Chenkai Zhu, also originally from Portland, hopes to create another chandelier each year to benefit a different organization.