We’re doing it again. Meredith Ramirez, founder of the Ricefield Collective, and several of you as well, asked if we’d sponsor another donation day to aid the survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan. We’re happy and honored to do so, and to join with other partners in the on-going effort to help.
Today, we’re again donating 10% of our sales to NAFCON, a Philippine organization recommended to us by Ricefield Collective, in their effort to respond to the disaster left in the wake of Haiyan. At this point, over 5,000 people have died and the country’s infrastructure has been so badly destroyed in parts of the south that it’s possible to die of a broken leg, as reported in the New York Times a few days ago.
We partnered with the Ricefield Collective a little over a year ago when Meredith Ramirez (blond ponytail) introduced herself to us and asked us to work with the organization she initiated in the northern part of the Philippines, her home. The idea was to help the people of Ifugao, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, sustain themselves in their native villages through, of all things, knitting. Since then we’ve seen the Ricefield Collective thrive as Stephen West and other designers have worked with knitters in this province to produce some very lovely knitwear.
We’re grateful, here, in a small city on the East Coast, to have friends in the Philippines, a country of some 7,000 small islands in the western Pacific. We’re grateful as well that we, with you, can lend them a hand right now.