Ben Howells, a student from England, studying on the North Shore of Hawaii saw a documentary in class about children from South America working in mines to save money to pay for the school uniforms legally required to attend school. He discovered that many children world wide were not receiving an education because their families cannot afford the cost of school uniforms. Thus akin was conceived. akin is a clothing company devoted to helping underprivileged children around the world receive an education by providing the school uniforms necessary to attend school. Since we began in November 2011, we have already been able to provide school uniforms in numerous countries around the world.
Why School Uniforms:
In the schools we have worked with the children have experienced a sense of pride, confidence and ownership since earning and wearing their uniforms to school. Our schools have also seen an increase in attendance. Currently, there are 67 million children who cannot attend school because they cannot afford the resources needed. In many countries around the world and in the majority of developing countries, a school uniform is a legal requirement to attend classes. Many children are missing out on an education because of something as simple as a school uniform is not available.
How The Process Works:
Proceeds from the sales of akin tees are used to purchase school uniforms for children in developing countries. In order to ensure that the children and the community feel empowered in the process. The children earn their own uniforms by donating their time and efforts in participating in an environmental service project that they help to plan within their own community. All the uniforms delivered are purchased locally in the community of the school to help stimulate the local economy, as are any additional supplies purchased for each project. The akin program is intended to be both empowering and sustainable. An important element of each project is what happens afterwards. As part of a work booklet, to inform the children of the purpose of the visit from akin and to help them feel more empowered in the process, each child will draw a picture that will then be used in t-shirt designs to help provide a self-sustainable supply of school uniforms for their school.
Schools and Places we have been:
Places where we are working on going at the end of June:
New T shirt lines/ Kick starter:
We are launching a project on kick starter to help us fund a new t shirt line. This line will be sold to fund projects for the year. Our goal this year is to impact 1000 kids lives. Last year we impacted over 400. With support from kick starter backers, online sales through our website:
http://akinclothing.com, and corporate buyers/donations we hope to reach our goal.