Edun and J. Crew have partnered with the non-profit organization With My Own Two Hands to provide funds for a greenhouse at the St. Anne’s Orphanage in Kekopey, Kenya.
The non-profit organization is dedicated to improving the lives of orphaned children in Africa. The new greenhouse will benefit the orphanage by decreasing the need to purchase greens and vegetables to feed the children. The greenhouse will also provide food to be sold to the surrounding community, generating additional income for the orphanage.
Edun is a fashion brand that is dedicated to sourcing production, encouraging trade, and providing jobs in Africa. The new collaboration features a children’s t-shirt designed by Edun and inspired by the Ndebele people of South Africa. The shirts were produced entirely in Kenya and are being sold through J. Crew’s Garmets for Good web site.
“We’re very thankful for the opportunity to partner with great companies like J.Crew and EDUN,” Lindsey Pluimer, the founder and CEO of With My Own Two Hands, said. “The funds raised from this project are already making a difference in these children’s lives, which were so difficult before arriving at St. Ann’s. The children do not have consistent access to iron rich diets and we know this greenhouse will fill that need and really allow them to thrive. This greenhouse is also another step in the process towards achieving financial independence and stability.”
Edun was founded by Ali Hewson and Bono, the lead singer of U2.
“We initially got involved with the St. Ann’s Orphanage because EDUN’s factory was so close by,” Ali Hewson said. “The founder of the orphanage, Irene, introduced us to the children and we knew that it was something we wanted to support. The collaboration between J. Crew’s Garments for Good, EDUN and With My Own Two Hands has been such a pleasure to work on. We’re looking forward to seeing the completed greenhouse and all the much needed produce it will provide to these amazing children.”
For more information on With My Own Two Hands Foundation, including ways to get involved, visit http://www.withmyown2hands.org/.