The purity of a child’s willingness to explore emotions and unfiltered thoughts can evoke laughter, but it can also deepen consideration and fuel inspiration in the adults with whom these children share. Case in point, this video by the Obakki Foundation.
Obakki is a high-end fashion house in Vancouver, Canada that has philanthropic components intricately woven into its business model. Specifically, the Obakki Foundation is dedicated to helping improve the lives of children and their families in the developing world through humanitarian causes, fundraisers, and sales from the Obakki Foundation fashion line for which “not just a percentage of the profits, not just some of the money – every dime goes back to the community.” The charitable collection includes printed tees, hoodies, bags and a beautiful book with words and drawings from 150 children in orphanages in Cameroon, asking them:
WHAT MAKES YOU SAD?
WHAT MAKES YOU AFRAID?
WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY?”
The video above is from a recent water awareness event the Obakki did at Cypress Park School in Vancouver. The short film makes my heart happy, and I find it inspiring how open and intelligent these children are. As a result of this single school event, the children were able to raise $8,000 to fund a water well in Sudan, Africa.