PROJECT UPDATE FROM OUR FOUNDER, LEXY SANGUINETTI
When COVID-19 struck in 2020 it devastated our company and halted all travel plans for this unique international philanthropic collaboration. Our family business suffered significant losses in revenue, time and opportunity after initiating, designing and planning what was supposed to be a milestone volunteer trip to Kenya for DesignLab Give (DLG).
DLG is a Miami-based, non-profit organization offering creative skills training and sewing resources to identified beneficiary groups globally. When physical travel to Kenya became impossible for the Miami-based group, the training and delivery of sewing essentials was arranged virtually. Shortly thereafter, a select group of women in western Kenya, became DLG's first Africa-based sewing training beneficiary.
Today, growing partnerships and flourishing virtual friendships exist between the US-based donor organization and a growing number of East African women's groups. In addition to Dago Self Help Group, Arise For Families in Kasese, Uganda and Hear Congo, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, continue to benefit from the connection we made with DLG less than 2 years ago!
In 2021, COVID-permitting, we intend to host DLG in Kenya and arrange visits for them to spend time with their beneficiary partners. With the negative impact of the pandemic on the travel industry as a whole, our company is appealing now, more than ever, for support of our work as we recover from our losses. While we are NOT a nonprofit entity like some of our collaborating partners, we offer majority of our professional services pro bono or at significantly discounted rates to facilitate the important work of nonprofit organizations. Our involvement always costs us time, money and other valuable resources which we rarely are adequately compensated for.
Help us today by sharing this collaborative work or sponsoring us to execute this life-changing experience for many in 2021. You may directly support any one of our listed nonprofit partners as well. No offer is too small to go a long way in making this a beneficial experience for Kenyan and American women. We especially welcome in-kind sponsorships from transport, accommodation and experience providers in Kenya. Any complimentary or discounted products and services you can offer will allow us to host this giving group successfully and to reach more women and girls in Africa.
Founding Consultant/Travel Specialist
Sanguinetti & Company, LLC (USA)
An immersive, educational, cultural and collaborative travel and volunteer experience
curated for DesignLab Give (Miami).
An opportunity created for Kenyan beneficiaries to receive FREE skills training and sewing tools
RESIDENTS OF RURAL OR UNDERSERVED COMMUNITIES TO BENEFIT FROM THE SEWING RESOURCES AND SKILLS TRAINING
GIRLS AND WOMEN WILL DIRECTLY BENEFIT FROM THE SKILLS TRAINING AND PRODUCTS THAT WILL BE PRODUCED AS A RESULT OF THE REUSABLE SANITARY PAD PROGRAM
GIRLS AND YOUNG WOMEN FROM THE USA AND KENYA COMBINED WILL COME TOGETHER TO SHARE IN CULTURAL EDUCATION AND IMMERSION OPPORTUNITIES
WOMAN-POWERED ENTITIES ARE COMBINING RESOURCES AND EFFORTS TO MAKE THIS PROJECT A REALITY TO EMPOWER GIRLS AND FELLOW WOMEN IN KENYA.
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TRAVEL LOGISTICS & CULTURAL IMMERSION
SANGUINETTI & COMPANY
An international business based in Florida offering professional services, specializing in promoting trade linkages between Africa and USA while creating meaningful cultural and educational experiences. This company is handling the travel planning and logistics as well as bringing donated supplies and other resources to the local tribes and villages visited during the project.
CREATIVITY & SKILLS TRAINING
DESIGNLAB GIVE, MIAMI
Designlab Give is a 501 (C) 3, tax-exempt non-profit organization based in Miami, USA. It is the nonprofit arm of Design Lab Miami. The organization offers creative hand and machine sewing programs for identified students or youth groups, particularly those from poor economic backgrounds, in an effort to spark creativity and self-reliance in them, with a focus on the values of sustainability, recycling and fair trade in fashion. Designlab Give will be volunteering their time and expertise, donating sewing machines, recycled fabric and all the necessary sewing supplies needed to execute the project.
& EMOTIONAL SUPPORT
DREAM SPONSORS, INC.
A nonprofit organization creating networks of support through sponsorship to assist African orphans with the emotional support and basic needs to transform their dreams into reality. This organization is leading an inner wellness and emotional support program, My Girl TRIBE, specifically for girls and women and to compliment the skills taught during the visit.
ONE WAY OUT
One Way Out (OWO) is a 501 (C) 3, tax-exempt non-profit organization based in North Carolina, USA. Their mission is to provide educational opportunities to orphaned and vulnerable children in rural Kenya through educational sponsorship, scholarships and the support of community and non-governmental schools. OWO has been working with Dago village for many years and is facilitating the development of infrastructure for a permanent tailoring workshop to house some of the donated resources. OWO will also be mentoring some of the beneficiaries on continuity and profitability of the operations.
2 week travel and education experience in Kenya
1 day of air travel from Miami to Kenya
1 days rest, acclimation and team meetings
8 days specific, skills-based and general wellness education with cultural immersion in 3 different areas
3 days opt-in safari experience with continued wellness and cultural education, post-project reporting, follow-up planning, team building
1 day of air travel from Nairobi to Miami