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CommonThreadz is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that is working to provide orphans and vulnerable children in developing nations the chance of an education and social acceptance by providing them with the school uniforms that they can not afford but need in order to go to school. We also raise awareness and funds for other nonprofits through our line of socially-conscious apparel. For every t-shirt you buy, we give a school uniform to an orphan or vulnerable child in the developing world.
Chances are you did not know that in many developing countries not having a school uniform means that you are not allowed to go to school, or that by not having one you wear the stigma of having AIDS. For something so simple as a uniform it seems senseless that orphans and vulnerable children are missing out on the chance of an education and the joy of forming friendships with kids their same age. An education is something that most of us take for granted,yet for countless orphans and vulnerable children it is a coveted luxury. In Africa alone, millions of children have never set foot in a school because they cannot afford the required uniform.
Without an education, these children are left vulnerable to lives of crime and extreme poverty. A simple school uniform, which costs roughly $15 to $20 to make by seamstresses in the countries we serve, can make all the difference for these deserving young people by giving them the gift of an education, and in turn a better life. While some forms of aid can encourage dependency, the uniforms allow students to create their own strength.
Of all of the many needs of orphans and vulnerable children in the developing world, school uniforms are a need that isn't talked about frequently and doesn't get the media attention of some other struggles. CommonThreadz is committed to changing that.
Without an education, these children will grow up to be unemployable. The gift of a uniform means education and it means that the child is socially acceptable.
Millions of orphans and vulnerable children are being denied hope because they can not purchase uniforms to attend school.
- Zac Folk
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