Who Gives? We do!

Updated on Nov 22, 2011
This is an entry to Chictopia's Week of Giving sponsored by Chictopia.
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INVISIBLE CHILDREN is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing peace in Uganda and stopping the abduction of children as child soldiers. I got to know about them through their MEND bags, which are made by women who were formerly abducted by the LRA
(Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda).

As a way to symbolize the country’s oppressive regime, I chose the basement as the setting for this shoot. The key item here is my necklace, which has one footwear charm and one barefoot charm, and it immediately brings the memory of my best friend. She was on a mission trip to Africa last summer, and when I was at the airport to welcome her return, I saw her wearing slipperettes. When I asked her where her ‘actual’ shoes were, she said – in tears – that their living conditions were so bad to the point that she wanted to give everything away … and she did!

At that moment, I was left speechless, and I remember myself helplessly asking, “What can I do to help?”
Then I found the answer in founding a company of my own to share what I love (i.e., fashion & music) and give back to the communities that inspired me. INVISIBLE CHILDREN (IC) is the organization that has inspired me most because they ideally combine fashion and culture to raise awareness and people’s contributions as well. Their MEND bags, in particular, were what I recently had been thinking of doing in 10 years! So now you know who my role models are.

Honestly, though, I had not made specific plans on how I should give; but Chictopia’s initiative helped me become more determined and goal-specific … which simply translates into this: every month, 50% of the store’s proceeds from the sale of selected items will be donated to IC. These ones will be excluded from the store’s seasonal sales, so after reading this I hope you can see why! =)

Comments (10)

wackyfashionista
wackyfashionista on December 06
so chic!
anonymours
anonymours on November 29
cute look
saladtong
saladtong on November 27
cute! :)
VAMPS
VAMPS on November 27
Thank you Saladtong! =)
anonymours
anonymours on November 24
cute shorts
VAMPS
VAMPS on November 26
Thank you Anonymours! :)
decimalshoes
decimalshoes on November 23
chic!
VAMPS
VAMPS on November 26
Thank you Decimalshoes :)
seseramirez
seseramirez on November 23
LOVE
VAMPS
VAMPS on November 26
Thank you Blerouge! :)
ohyeahdonna
ohyeahdonna on November 22
chic!!!
VAMPS
VAMPS on November 26
Thank you Donna! :)
maryiangge
maryiangge on November 22
great cause! love your purse too!
VAMPS
VAMPS on November 26
Thank you Mary! :)
jjoseph
jjoseph on November 22
cuteee
VAMPS
VAMPS on November 26
Thank you Jennifer! :)
ChloroformPerfume
ChloroformPerfume on November 22
Beautiful! I love how this is so simple but really stylish!
VAMPS
VAMPS on November 22
Thank you ChloroformPerfume!!
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