The HOPE Project is a small grassroots non-profit based in the Pacific Northwest. Founded by a network of friends, families and neighbors – and through relationships built over the years with families in Liberia, West Africa – the project renovated a complex of post-war ruins into a fully functioning K-12 school which now educates over 1,200 students. The school has also become a center for the community, providing clean water and health services to locals and students' families as well as teaching night classes for adults who were not able to receive an education during the country's civil war.
The school is completely tuition-free for students and one of the only schools of its kind in the entire country. Because the often prohibitive financial barrier of tuition has been removed and parents don't have to choose which of their children will receive an education, the boy:girl student ratio is almost 50/50. Although the high percentage of girl students is worth celebrating in and of itself, we wanted to up the ante. We decided to use the proceeds from limited runs of shirts – each with a unique design by a different artist – to provide scholarships for graduates of the HOPE school. The sales from a single run of shirts can cover the cost of a 4-year college education in Liberia.
1 shirt + 1 girl + 1 scholarship = 1 changed life.
And once that scholarship has been paid for, proceeds from extra shirt sales go directly into the next fund for the next scholarship for the next girl. It's that simple. And that life changing.