Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Our End of Year Campaign

Our End of Year Campaign: 1 Pair of New School Shoes for each Student at the Kiberia School for Girls in Kenya

December 14, 2011 -- New York, NY

For the last 2 years, our charity partner has been Shining Hope for Communities' Kiberia School for Girls in Nairobi, Kenya, and our goal has been to provide 1 brand new school uniform, schoolbag, or school shoes for each student.  The school only has 67 students, so because of our 1 for 1 pledge to you guys (the customers!) that means we only need 67 purchases to meet our goal.

We are thrilled about the support we've received since starting parker+paige back in March 2010, and would like to thank the following people for supporting our new business with a purchase:

  • Alice Brasette 
  • Greg Brunkhorst 
  • Sarah Delahoussaye 
  • Peg Dimitriades 
  • Carolyn Gaidis 
  • Kayla Kovacevic 
  • Paige Lemann 
  • Peter Lemann 
  • Nancy Nafe 
  • Chad Ortte 
  • Ashli Pollard 
  • Sue Pruchnicki 
  • Suma Sangisetty 
  • Sue Wiest
  • Lindsay Weller 

But almost 2 years later, we're still less than halfway there.  

The good news is with 28 purchases under our belt, we've got 28 new pairs of school shoes for the students at the Kiberia School for Girls for them to start the new school year with - perfect timing because the school year in Kenya starts in January, which is right around the corner!  

Now, because we feel it's so important for each & every girl at school to get something new (not just 28 out of 67), and because we're SO ready to finally meet our goal, we're inviting our fans to not only make a 1 for 1 purchase this holiday season, but also to donate in order to meet our goal.


That's right - for just $8 a new pair of school shoes can go to a student at the Kiberia School for Girls, just in time for the new year!

So, from now until December 31st, you can make a purchase on any of our online stores & included in your purchase is the cost of donating one brand new pair of school shoes to the students, OR you can make a monetary donation in any multiple of $8 (8, 16, 24... you get it!) and directly give without making a purchase.

To review - 

Where can you shop with us online?
  1. Well, for starters there is always our newly launched beta version of our e-commerce site: http://www.parkerandpaige.com!
  2. And we are a featured seller on UsTrendy - to read all about it, click here.  Otherwise, visit us at www.ustrendy.com/parker-paige.
  3. We also host stores on Storenvy & Big Cartel.  Those websites are: http://www.parkerandpaige.storenvy.com & http://www.parkerandpaige.bigcartel.com.
And how else can you help us reach our goal?
  1. Email us at info@parkerandpaige.com to find out how you can make a secure, online donation of only $8 to give a brand new pair of school shoes to a student without making a parker+paige purchase. 
We're starting the countdown today: just 39 purchases to go (or $312 in online donations)!  

39 purchases in 17 days, and every student at the Kiberia School for Girls will start the school year on the right foot with a brand new pair of shoes!

We'll be updating our blog over the next 2 weeks to let you know of our progress, and thanks in advance with helping us reach our Year-End Goal!  
Happy Holidays, the team @parkerandpaige


To learn more about the Kiberia School for Girls in Kenya, please visit their website at http://www.hopetoshine.org, or read more right here on our blog in these past posts about the amazing work happening at Shining Hope for Communities:

May 2011: parker+paige team-up with the kiberia school for girls, http://followparkerandpaige.blogspot.com/2011/05/parkerpaige-team-up-with-kiberia-school.html.

January 2011: Spotlight On: Jessica Posner, http://followparkerandpaige.blogspot.com/2011/01/spotlight-on-jessica-posner.html.

2 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for setting up this wonderful blog post, and for campaigning for the students' shoes!

    Yesterday was the first day of school in the new year. We're happy to report that by expanding our school building, we were able to enroll 2 classes of pre-K students this year, bringing our total number of students to 100. I'm writing you today from the administrative office at the school, and the air is filled with the schools of girls singing songs, learning about animals and numbers and all sorts of other wonderful elementary school topics! There's magic in the air...truly, it's a shining place of hope and education and opportunity in the middle of the hard daily reality of the Kibera slum.

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  2. Since first posting our Year End Campaign on our Company blog, we've had 3 more online purchases from our store. Making our grand total 31 purchases & 31 new pairs of school shoes for the students at the Kiberia School for Girls! We'd like to thank the following customers for their continued support of our ONE FOR ONE initative:
    - Janet Heath
    - Joyce McIntyre
    - Nancy Nafe

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