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US airline donates leather to orphans

16 July 2014, 15:41

Nairobi - Children from impoverished backgrounds are set to benefit from a project an American airline has embarked on to donate its leather material for recycling.

Southwest Airline’s project aims to better people's lives and raise industry standards for the environment and communities in which they operate.

The airline firm said that SOS Children's Villages Kenya, the primary non-profit partner that serves orphaned children and families in need, along with Alive & Kicking, Masaai Treads, and Life Beads Kenya, would use the leather to produce goods for distribution to local community groups.

Through the partnership, SOS youth will receive paid apprenticeships and training to make shoes and soccer balls from the leather.

When completed, the shoes would be distributed as part of an anti-jigger campaign.  

The up-cycled soccer balls would be donated to support education programs that use sports to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and malaria prevention.

“We are pleased to join with Southwest Airlines and thank them for launching the LUV Seat: Repurpose with Purpose program to benefit SOS Children's Villages in Kenya,” said Lynn Croneberger, Chief Executive Officer of SOS Children's Villages.

“It's a fantastic, innovative program that will help make a positive impact on the lives of vulnerable women and children and the local community,” Lynn said.

One recipient of the donated products, Cura Orphanage, a residence for children who have lost their parents to the ravaging HIV/AIDS, expressed humility at the offer.

Cura Orphanage is sponsored by Creative Visions Foundation, a non-profit that supports media and the arts to affect change in the world.

Local partners Gina Din Foundation and GoodMaker Films worked with Southwest to develop the on-the-ground partnerships.

 – CAJ News

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