A backpack filled with school supplies and text books, seems very tangible no? Well, it should be. However, for those living in some of the poorest areas in the world, it is not. Unfortunately to start a school year without the very minimum supplies is the reality of many children. For these children, it is not only difficult to keep up with the rest of the class, it is also a shame that could turn into low self-steam, and make drop-out rates grow. I could testify it, as I lived it myself.
For many years I had this great wish of doing something to make a difference on the lives of those who a backpack is an intangible luxury item. And that is the reason why a percentage from all sales goes to buy backpack kits*.
I travel twice a year to Brazil to meet with my artisans while visiting the schools in their communities to make the deliver myself. I want to make sure that everything ends up on the right hands, and also I take great pleasure on seeing the excitement of a child over a simple box of crayon :-)
One of many reasons I wanted to focus on artisanal and handmade accessories, was to get more involved with these remote communities in Brazil. Being there to listen to them, to make a difference, even if it seems very small and insignificant, trust me, it is not. For these children to know, someone, somewhere in this vast world, actually cares, it can impact them tremendously.
I plan to continue to grow the project, and hope I can count on you.
*Backpack kit: 2 notepads, 1 ruler, 1 pair of scissors, 1 glue, 1 eraser, 1 sharpener, 2 pencils, 2 pens, 1 box of crayons, 1 box of colored pencils and 1 backpack.