Dago, Kenya - Current Initiative

DesignLab Give has donated the tools needed for the new Sewing Center within the schoola place where creativity, sustainability and design is the focus.

Our current project has been to teach reusable sanitary pads while simultaneously providing education in feminine care.

We will be training future educators so girls from Dago, as well as nearby towns, can continuously benefit long after we are gone.

DesignLab Give is prioritizing the well-being of the Dago community in Kenya, by providing 2-hour classes once a week selectively chosen for the needs of Dago girls.
We are grateful to work with One Way Out Kenya, Friends of Dago, Weiss Scholarship Foundation, Dream Sponsors, and Sanguinetti and Company in this mission.
 
We have joined forces to build a school in the Dago community to improve opportunities for various surrounding communities.

Why?

"The lack of menstrual hygiene products inflicts indignity upon millions of women and girls in Africa. 
The harsh reality is that disposable sanitary products are prohibitively unaffordable for many girls and women, making it difficult to maintain good menstrual hygiene. The grave lack of appropriate sanitary towels can push menstruating girls out of school, which results in absenteeism and increased dropout rates. 
There is no dignity without basic necessities such as sanitary napkins. This perpetuates a culture of silence that forces many to cope in isolation." - South African Human Rights Commission 

Kasese, Uganda - Current Initiative

Our friends in Kasese, Uganda from Arise For Families joined our Dago Zoom classes in September 2020 as a trial.

 

They started connecting via cell phone until we asked our Instagram followers for help in donating the equipment they needed to properly connect to Zoom.

 

In less than a week, our followers got together and we were able to send them money to buy a laptop, a TV screen, a modem and a generator.

 

We are grateful to our donors for helping us connect properly to Uganda!

Tenke, Congo - Current Initiative

Our special friendship with Hear Congo’s founder, Kaleba Ngoie, started in the Fall of 2019.

 

DLG donated fabrics to her organization and just a few weeks later, we saw pictures of the women in Tenke, Congo sewing away.

 

During the beginning of the pandemic, we shared our mask tutorial with the group, and once again, we were amazed by the creative masks made by the women of Hear Congo.

 

Strong friendships with organizations that share our same vision proved to be key, yet again.

Fundraising Events

Turning Tables Fashion Show

On December 14th, 2019, our group of teen volunteers shined as they showcased sustainable, one-of-a-kind pieces designed with high-end table linens donated by Nuage Designs Inc.
 
The successful event gathered close to 200 people as the community fundraised for DLG’s Kenyan workshops, bidding during a silent auction forcool, coveted, hip dresses designed by young artists.
 
The fashion show took place at Pivot Market at The Citadel in Miami, the first all-inclusive marketplace that houses sustainable brands.
Watch the promotional video down below!

Moon Market

Moon Market in Wynwood invited DLG to participate at their Sunday Market Day, where DLG sold upcycled and second-hand clothing to fundraise for Kenya.

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