Tuesday, June 11, 2013

"When you learn, teach, when you get, give."--Maya Angelou

Among many benefits of working for the Ease Collection apparel manufacturing company is one that holds the most meaning for me, making a difference in the lives of those less fortunate than ourselves. Having focused on Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution during my studies at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, I feel honored and am filled with a great sense of humbleness to have a business card that states "Seeking Worldwide Peace through Giving."

Dr. Denyse Ray and I have often discussed the fashion and textiles industries and the changes that have allowed us as women to find ourselves in a male dominated business with the confidence that we can make a huge footprint for women. During our discussions she has also shared with me her goals of giving. In this blog post I will share with you Ease Collection's dedication to philanthropy.

In just the past few months Ease Collection donated almost 300 masks to the workers of the sulfur
Indonesian Sulfur Mines
in Indonesia. After watching a documentary about the suffering of mine workers that brave the toxic conditions in which they work, Denyse decided to send masks, not only as a good deed, but as a caring business owner and former first responder wanting to help. You can learn more and view photos of the deplorable work conditions of the men that brave the acidic environment for meager pay at http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2218525/The-men-risk-lives-day-mining-toxic-sulphur-active-volcano-just-3-day.html.

Ease Collection Mask
Ease Collection donated over another 100 masks to The Indonesia Symposium on Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience. The symposium will bring leaders from academics, government, commerce and non-profit organizations together for discussions at various levels on the issue of disaster risk reduction and resilience (DRR). Dr. Denise Konan, the University of Hawai'i at Manoa (UH) Social Sciences Dean and Dr. Maya Soetoro-Ng, a UH professor in Peace Education and author, are two of the academic leaders, and our friends, who received the masks as a goodwill gift to the participants of the symposium as well as anyone in the villages that they would like to endow a mask.

Our philanthropy on a more ongoing basis, the Cross Cultures couture line allows us to donate a portion of the proceeds to a non-profit organization in the global arena. This is determined by the geographic locale of the fabrics utilized in creating the designs.

P.A.R.E.N.T., Inc. is the benefactor when Hawaiian fabrics are used. This organization is worthy of commendation because of its commitment to serving the community and families, ensuring  every child the opportunity to grow up in a nurturing family free from abuse. P.A.R.E.N.T., Inc. strengthens our families and communities by using professional educators, counselors, and facilitators to focus on the healthy growth and development of ALL family members.

Using fabrics from Ghana, the proceeds benefit New Dawn for Women Foundation aka The New Dawn. This organization will support the skills of batik (a fabric printing technique), dye and tie dye craftsmanship, soap making, beads production and catering. With these skills women will be self-sufficient and able to provide the necessities for their families.

Senegal fabrics will provide aid for Xel ak Kom whose mission is sustainable community development, supporting aquaponics training and to develop partnerships in education, industry, community and health.

These are only a few areas where we at Ease Collection are stepping up, not only providing job and internship opportunities for our local economy, but conscientiously reaching out to our global community bringing to fruition the mission of "Seeking Worldwide Peace through Giving."

Thank you all for showing your support as we soar...with generosity as one of our focal points!

Until next time...
Kathy, your Global Fashion Ambassador

Kathy Aldinger

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