Sharilyne Cochran via Crowdrise
December 16, 2011
We're a couple of educators hoping to give children the chance to earn their educations. In many parts of the world, children can't even attend school without a uniform. We can't let something as little as a uniform hold them back!
So what are we doing? We're helping GO THREADS (A sustainability initiative of The Global Orphan Project) purchase uniforms for orphans in extremely poor areas of the world.
GO Threads sewing centers are set up and run as small businesses. They employ local seamstresses who produce traditionally-styled children’s clothing based on their location. In addition to filling orders placed by donors, the centers also compete for sewing business in their local markets. Local sewing centers may also operate as vocational training centers for orphaned children nearing independent life as adults. They launched their first four centers in Gulu, Kabale, and Lira, Uganda and Croix des Bouquets, Haiti.
How it works:
You send purchase orders.
GO Project sets up sewing centers. The local workers stand ready to produce school uniforms and other clothing items. GO Project becomes an anchor customer.
You donate to buy uniforms at $20 each through GO Project. You rally your circles to do the same. The combined eff‑ort of so many of you allow them to send LARGE purchase orders to the sewing centers. They are able to buy cloth in bulk, make the clothes, and provide them to children in orphan care and other local children living in rags. (Content from the GO THREADS website).
I Am Knot has a goal of raising 2,000 uniform orders before December 31, 2011. We can only do this with your help!