July 17th, 2009 | by Katie Litvin News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, CLEAN UP

A Handmade Crane Chandelier and How It Can Help Nepal

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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.
 
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