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Friends in the New England area: We're hard at work on a special event scheduled for Saturday, April 12, 2014. Be sure to save the date on your calendar and stay tuned for details. Here's a hint: Our plans include good friend and award-winning author Khaled Hosseini. (Now you're taking note, aren't you!)
We promise we won't keep you in the dark for much longer.
(Khaled's headshot © Elena Seibert.)
We're delighted to share a special collection of Initial Empowerment Necklaces created by Megan Gupta of Philanthropic Panda. Each sterling-silver initial is made to order -- and your purchase pays for one month of school for one of our students!
The story of Philanthropic Panda is beautiful and inspiring. Megan Gupta had the idea to start Philanthropic Panda in a period when something seemed to be missing in her life. She felt as though she not giving enough back to her community; she also wasn't making jewelry and missed her favorite creative outlet. When she opened her shop, it was strictly a hobby. She continued working full-time, made jewelry in the evenings and weekends, and donated all proceeds to nonprofits. Shortly after she started Philanthropic Panda, her now husband changed the course of her life by inviting her to go backpacking and volunteering in Southeast Asia. The pair met many incredible people and had many eye-opening experiences that have shaped Philanthropic Panda's mission.
Upon her return to the US, Megan found a job at a nonprofit assisting people with disabilities in their job searches and made jewelry on the side. Recently, the nonprofit where she worked closed allowing her to focus all of her energy on growing Philanthropic Panda. In order to maintain the business, Philanthropic Panda now donates 10% of all profits (or more when an Empowerment Piece is purchased) to organizations working to eliminate poverty through sustainable and culturally sensitive solutions.
Our heartfelt thanks to Megan for her support and this beautiful initiative.
Congratulations to the students of the Zabuli Education Center for finishing another successful school year! We're so proud of you!