Donating All Profits To Charity

We live in a world where opportunities are plentiful, every person has the power to shape their own lives. To become the best version of themselves and do what makes them happy….

Whilst I wish the above statement was true I must admit it is not. All around the world there are people who are in dire need. People who are helpless without the input of others. I am referring to those living in what is called ‘extreme poverty’. Extreme poverty is defined as living on less than $1.90 per day. In my hometown I would struggle to buy a coffee for $1.90 never-mind feed myself, find shelter and purchase clothing. Latest estimates suggest a staggering 896 million people live at this level. This is nearly 13% of the world population.

I have strong views on our responsibilities as human beings to help others, before I elaborate I would like to make a pledge to everyone reading this. All profits from fashion brand Kurtis Paul, made between now (1st August 2016) and Christmas 2016, will be donated to charitable causes. This includes any wages which would otherwise have been taken by myself and co-founder Kurtis. We are making this pledge because we believe actions speak louder than words, I would have no grounds writing this post if I was not taking action myself.

From you I ask only two small things:

  1. Help spread the word by sharing this post and tagging three of your friends, show that you care.
  2. Tag at least one of your favourite brands and let’s see if we can get as many companies pledging as possible.

WHY THE PLEDGE?

Over the past few years I have been privileged enough to take a few backpacking trips. I have travelled many parts of Europe, South East Asia and Africa. Whilst I am the first to mention some of the beautiful places I have seen, I must also mention I have seen some terrible. I have seen living conditions which I believe no human should have to endure, people who have self mutilated because they are so poor and feel it is the only way people will help and then I have seen the rich throwing away cash like it has no value.

One experience in particular had an effect on me and it is that which I will share in detail. A couple of years ago I took a trip through parts of Eastern Africa; the first stop being Nairobi. Nairobi is an up and coming African city, the capital of Kenya and has a population of around 3 million. There are many poor parts of this city and Nairobi is home to the largest slum in Africa, the Kibera. Facts relating to the Kibera are sketchy but one source suggests there are 1.2 million slum dwellers living in an area of 2.5 square kilometres. Up to 75% of residence are children with 100,000 being orphaned. The Kibera has very few toilets, most sewage running freely through the streets and housing is made from unsuitable materials (mostly mud and corrugate iron). Seeing these conditions on such scale was a complete shock, it was upsetting to see poverty on such a mass and to know that in most instances the circumstances were in no way caused by the residents. They are a victim of their birth place, something outside of their control.

POVERTY

There are many facts on poverty detailing the lack of sanitation, suitable housing, food or medicine. Here are to name but a few:

  • 22,000 children die each day due to conditions of poverty
  • 2.4 billion people do not have adequate sanitation
  • Lack of nutrients stunts growth of 161 million children worldwide. Stunting develops after long periods of inadequate nutrition
  • Malnourishment is responsible for 45% of deaths for children under 5
  • It is estimated that 795 million people are currently hungry

Whilst I believe facts are great as an overview I find they can mask a problem, turning real situations into nothing more than statistics. I prefer to show you through images so you can see real circumstances and the people who are enduring them.

CONCLUSION

As mentioned above, the Kurtis Paul fashion brand is donating all profits made until Christmas to help such causes. Although our efforts will in no way eradicate poverty, they are a step in the right direction. We would ask for your support in completing the below two tasks and helping spread the word.

From you I ask only two small things:

  1. Help spread the word by sharing this post and tagging three of your friends, show that you care.
  2. Tag at least one of your favourite brands and let’s see if we can get as many companies pledging as possible.

It is our humanity that defines us. It differentiates us from animals and has ensured civilisations have prospered. Lets work together and make our world an even more beautiful place.

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