Wardrobe basics help provide essential support for people in Sub-Saharan Africa
Coming in six colour options, and various styles for men, women and children, The Essentials range of tops start at $39 with one hundred per cent of the proceeds from the collection going toward the essentials of life, such as water, food, shelter, education and medical care, to people in South Sudan, Uganda and Cameroon. So that t-shirt is not just a staple, it’s providing one.
Since 2009, more than two million people have been helped through the purchase of The Obakki Foundation garments. Founded by Vancouver-based fashion designer Treana Peake, the Foundation continues to grow with the launch of the Essentials Collection; a responsible choice made from recycled, 100% organic cotton, using a landfill-free, low-carbon footprint and holistic manufacturing process. All the garments are made in California and the t-shirts are created using a high-quality, low-impact garment dye process to minimize effects on the environment.
“When you buy an item from The Essentials collection, 100% of net proceeds will benefit the most vulnerable people in profound ways,” says The Obakki Foundation founder Treana Peake. “The Essentials empowers you to change the world through every purchase. Our lives take on a deeper, transformative meaning when we impact the lives of others. You choose your look and your causes with intention. And your contribution matters.”
The Foundation’s sustainable clean-water solutions transform communities in South Sudan, Uganda and Cameroon, from a state of desperation to self-reliance. Overall health improves, children can attend school, and income generation from gardens becomes possible. Agriculture initiatives, including seed co-ops and vocational farms, promote food security while addressing nutritional deficiencies. The Foundation partners with orphanages and schools to ensure secure and durable shelter while investing in education to break the cycle of poverty. Obakki’s on-the-ground teams also ensure that the communities have access to proper sanitation, nutrition, medical and emergency care.
About The Obakki Foundation
Since 2009, The Obakki Foundation has drilled and rehabilitated 1,000 water wells and brought water to over two million people. Projects focus on pillars of development including clean water, education, agriculture, women’s initiatives, vocational training and medical care in South Sudan, Uganda and Cameroon All donations go directly to projects, with the Obakki clothing line absorbing all administrative costs. Obakki Foundation founder Treana Peake grew up in harsh circumstances that were alleviated by an anonymous envelope of money that was slipped under her family’s front door every year. This act of generosity continues to motivate her philanthropic efforts today and was recounted in her 2015 TEDx Talk.