2010-2011 Charity Partner

Our Campaign: 1 Pair of New School Shoes for each Student at the Kiberia School for Girls --

For the last 2 years, our charity partner has been Shining Hope for Communities' Kiberia School for Girls in Nairobi, Kenya.
Our goal has been to provide 1 brand new item for school to each & every student enrolled there.

The school now has 100 students (they used to have just 67), so because of our ONE for ONE pledge to you guys (the customers!) we only need 100 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
  • Janet Heath
  • Paige Lemann
  • Peter Lemann
  • Joyce McIntyre
  • Nancy Nafe
  • Chad Ortte
  • Ashli Pollard
  • Sue Pruchnicki
  • Suma Sangisetty
  • Sue Wiest
  • Lindsay Weller
Because we feel it's so important for each & every girl at school to get something new (not just 50 out of 100), and because we're SO ready to finally meet our goal - We're now inviting our fans to not only make a One for One purchase this holiday season, but also to donate online in order to meet our goal.


To Review

Where can you shop with us online?
Well, for starters there is always our newly launched beta version of our e-commerce site: http://www.parkerandpaige.com/!

And we are a featured seller on UsTrendy. Visit us today at
www.ustrendy.com/parker-paige.

We also host stores on Storenvy & Big Cartel. Those websites are:
http://www.parkerandpaige.storenvy.com/ & http://www.parkerandpaige.bigcartel.com/.

For every purchase you make,
parker+paige pledges (in addition to sending you your amazing new piece of clothing or jewelry made by an emerging designer!) to also donate a minimum of $8 directly to Shining Hope for Communities until we've reached our goal.


And what can you do if you don't want to purchase anything from us?
Simply donate on our First Giving Fundraising Page, and your money will also be given directly to Shining Hope for Communities!

What they need most is new shoes, and brand new school shoes only cost about $8 a pair, so we kindly ask you to donate a minimum of $8 or any multiple thereof.

Just 100 purchases (or $800 in online donations), and every student at the Kiberia School for Girls could start the school year on the right foot with a brand new pair of shoes!

TO MAKE A DONATION, PLEASE VISIT: http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/parkerandpaige/kiberiaschoolforgirls.




Our 2010-2011 Charity Partner:
Shining Hope for Communities, The Kiberia School for Girls

In August 2009, Shining Hope for Communities founded The Kibera School for Girls, the first tuition-free school for girls in Kibera. By providing a superior education, daily nourishment, uniforms, and schools supplies all free of charge, they are able to give the brightest and most at-risk girls the power of hope and education. Instead of traditional curricula used across the developing world where students passively listen, demonstrate knowledge via exams, and suffer corporal punishment, education specialists helped to design an innovative curriculum to capitalize on how children best learn. Their hands-on curriculum fosters independence and creativity, instilling a love of learning that motivates students to surmount the many challenges that they face.

The school is housed in an eco-friendly building in the heart of Kibera. Community members helped build the school, which includes eight classrooms, a large library, and a multipurpose room. The school also provides students with after-school programs and psychosocial support to prevent further rape and abuse and address trauma. Run by a staff of expert female teachers, the school gives students and community-members positive female role models. Instead of paying fees, parents agree to work at the school and community center, which creates a community of caregivers invested in their daughters’ education.

After graduating 8th grade, they plan to funnel students into area high schools. Aiducation International, a partner NGO, has committed to providing full scholarships for 15 of our students to attend boarding schools in Kenya each year. They also have pledged to provide college/career counseling and academic support to their graduates.

The Kibera School for Girls currently serves 100 students grades pre-K through 2nd grade. The school will follow students through 8th grade. Already 80% of students are performing at grade level or above. Some of their 1st and 2ndgrade students are even reading at 8th and 9th grade levels!

With your support, they are building a global model of linking tuition free schools for girls to accessible social services for all. The school has already saved the lives of many of their students, protecting them from rape and prostitution while providing the educational foundation for a path out of the slum. Students at The Kibera School for Girls are Kenya’s future leaders!

To learn more about our 2010-2011 charity partner, please visit
http://shininghopeforcommunities.org/projects/ksg/.