Tuesday, November 9, 2010

DRCharity 2010

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Democratic Republic of Congo and is celebrated by DRC ApeParel in more ways than one. But one is especially close to our hearts - giving back via an initiative we call DRCharity. This year our goal was to partner with an organization whose projects have a successful and meaningful impact on the international community, and we have achieved that by building a strong relationship with the Enough Project.

Working with them on their "Raise Hope for Congo" and University campaigns, we help to strengthen the fabric of our culture and communities, here and abroad. In turn we see that we are improving upon ourselves and thus, the very fabrics we offer you, our customers and supporters.

The Creative Director at DRC ApeParel, Eric Ndelo, has learned a lot about walking the talk...

As a youth I was very involved with my local boy scout troop and in my church. We did a lot of mission work all over the U.S., but it wasn't until I went to Mexico in my early 20's that I saw the true vision of helping the international community. Now, as an adult, my driving force is doing what I can to better the lives of the people directly in front of me and in the international community. I encourage anyone who has that gut feeling to help out, to get involved and stay involved. It keeps you energized and it fulfills the soul.

The holidays can be an especially hard time for many people, so this is a great opportunity to jump start your activity in the community. Here are a few charities that DRC ApeParel loves:

Any local Congolese Community Group

Charlotte at the 2010 Literary Festival. Eric talking to youth about meaning behind the shirts and giving a history lesson.

P.S. If you are in SC this week, check out the fashion show hosted by America’s Next Top Model Cycle 4 Winner, Naima Mora, at the Russell House Ballroom on the University of South Carolina campus!

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