Hemma creates fresh, elegant collections using authentic hand-woven Kente, a textile rich in African royal tradition. Kente began to flourish in West Africa in the 17th century and still remains prominent representing social prestige, luxury, and cultural sophistication. Each garment is uniquely handmade from intricately hand-woven Kente imported from Ghana. By incorporating the same techniques used to dress Ghanaian nobility for centuries, Hemma allows each client to exude royalty. By investing in quality pieces that last a lifetime, the lives of Ghanaian school children are also impacted. A percentage of all proceeds will be donated to a West African middle school where the designers instructed classes.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

LUCKY MAGAZINE - Give Back! Throw Your Support Behind Educating Students in Ghana

While studying in Ghana, Edna and I volunteered as teachers and Photography Club advisors at La Yahoushua Junior Secondary School in Accra, Ghana. We witnessed the economic hardships faced by young children in Ghana, many of whom worked long hours to assist their families. In Ghana, an estimated 40% of all elementary aged children lack the resources to attend school. The enrollment rates drop even further for secondary aged children, as an alarming 60% of them are unable to afford a basic education. Numerous primary and secondary schools, including La Yahoushua lack basic resources such as restrooms and up-to-date learning materials.

To address this issue, we created The Hemma Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that affords educational opportunities for economically disadvantaged primary and secondary school students in Ghana by providing academic scholarships. The foundation also aims to improve the quality of education by granting financial assistance to underfunded schools. By donated funds for learning materials and after school programs, The Hemma Foundation strives to improve quality of education received by Ghana's youth.

A percentage of every Hemma original sold is donated to The Hemma Foundation. Now the public can directly donate to La Yahoushua through Hemma's official website!

Pick up a copy of LUCKY's Magazine's May issue highlighting Hemma and The Hemma Foundation today!

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