04 January 2008

Invites for a Good Cause: Part 1

Last year we decided to create a few invitation designs which would be linked with specific charities. With the sale of each one, 25% would act as a donation. I've gotten a lot of interested emails asking questions about the groups we've chosen to work with, so I thought this blog might be a good venue to go into a little more detail invite by invite.

Invitation #1 : "Blossom"

This brand new design is going to be linked to Cambodian Children's Fund, which is one of my favorite NGO's on the face of the planet! For those of you familiar with our company, you already know we are linked to Cambodia, but CCF is very different from the other groups we've worked with. They were founded by Hollywood film executive Scott Neeson, who travelled to Cambodia on vacation in early 2003 and found his life changed by the desperate circumstances and unlikely courage of Phnom Penh's most impoverished children. After a 26 year career in the film business, Scott exited the industry to establish and oversee the Cambodian Children's Fund. He is now Executive Director and lives year-round in Phnom Penh.

The CCF was originally developed to provide a safe haven for children in critical need. Most are taken from the local garbage dump where they have been living (yes... living,) picking recyclables out of the trash for $0.25 a day. Within four short years, it has grown to include three separate facilities, where over 300 children receive nutrition and housing, as well as medical treatment, a full education and vocational training.

They offer a child sponsorship program like none I've ever seen. When you sponsor one of their children, you truly become linked to them. You receive emails, photos and DVD's from them. You correspond on a weekly or even daily basis, learning all about their life, their friends and family. My husband and I were lucky to find this program and sponsor 2 children. This Fall we traveled to Phnom Penh and met them face to face. We visited the dump where they had once lived, and saw how a child can be transformed from the sadness and misery of unbelievable poverty, to being truly hopeful and happy again.

CCF is now in the process of opening a Community Center to provide medical care, fresh water and nutrition to the families that are still living in the waste dump. It has the potential to improve these peoples lives on many, many levels. We hope that through the money we raise with this invite line, we can be apart of this wonderful project.

Here's to hoping that our Blossom design will be a great fit for a lot of events! Here is a quick inspiration board I came up with...

top row: www.whiteaisle.com & www.tribec.com
second row: www.brides.com
bottom row: www.brides.com & www.thegreenvase.com

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