I have to say, Akin, a clothing company from Hawaii initially caught my attention because it’s a dark and dreary morning here and their website is filled with all these happy smiling faces and images of a sunnier locales. Learning about the company’s commitment to helping underprivileged children around the world go to school by providing school uniforms necessary to attend, further uplifted my spirits.
Founded by Ben Howells in November 2011 after learning of how children in South America are working in mines to save money for uniforms legally required for attending school, Akin’s approach is more than just giving proceeds from sales of their tees for school uniforms, they are empowering children and communities in the process.
A major difference between Akin and other companies that are donating proceeds for different causes is that each child actually earns their uniform by participating in environmental service projects they help plan within their community; from planting trees to creating and tending to fruit and vegetable gardens, the impact of their efforts is a sustainable legacy for the future. As well, in support of the local economy, all uniforms and supplies are sourced and purchased in the same community where the children live and are attending school.
With each project, children learn of the purpose behind Akin and each child draws a picture that will be used in t-shirt designs to help provide a self-sustaining supply of uniforms for their school.
Since starting just a year ago, Akin has completed projects in Tuvalu, Samoa, Peru and Ghana.
To check out the Akin tees, click here. If you’d like to get involved as a volunteer or know of a community that could benefit from Akin’s program, or simply want to share your Akin experience, click here.
Thank you Akin for making our world wonderful.
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