African Palms was founded in 1965 by Father Alan Talbot, an Anglican priest who served for six years as a missionary in Tanzania. Father Talbot observed the poverty of the people and sought ways for them to increase their income. He encouraged the villagers to weave palm crosses to sell to churches for use on Palm Sunday. In 1976 the women of St. John's Episcopal Church in Olney, MD accepted the mission of distributing the palm crosses to churches throughout the United States; African Palms USA was born and is now a major outreach of the church.
FROM TANZANIA TO YOU...
Villagers near Masasi, Tanzania earn wages to support their families by hand weaving crosses and totes from palm leaves.
Palm products are shipped to African Palms USA in Olney, Maryland from Masasi, Tanzania.
African Palms volunteers process, package and ship products out to churches and distributors throughout the USA in celebration of Christ's love.
All proceeds from the sale of the palm products and totes fund basic humanitarian aid projects in Africa in the form of grants.
100% of donations to African Palms USA are used to fund grants. Cost of operations are paid from sales.