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A very good idea

January 7, 2010

This is Nhalakanipo Gumede.

He’s a South African orphan who’s just designed a print for a t-shirt that will go on a limited number of  eco-cotton tees which will be distributed around the world, each one of which, when sold, will pay for a school uniform for one of his peers, giving them a chance to an education that can make the difference between a life of poverty and a life of opportunity.

Primary education in Africa is free, on the condition that you have a school uniform and a pair of shoes to wear – which might sound like a small ask, but which often proves impossible for Sub-Saharan Africa’s 48,000,000 (!!) orphans and vulnerable kids, many of whom have lost their families to AIDS.

This is where you and I come in, and our consumer-dollars. This brilliant idea is cooked up by non-profit organization CommonThreadz, who donate 100% of the funds raised from t-shirt sales. Their stated goal is that the orphans they work with will “grow up to be healthy, contributing citizens that assist in breaking the cycle of poverty by giving back to their own communities to create sustainable and measurable change in the lives of children in need for generations to come.”

It’s people like these that give me hope.

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