Andrew Raible, a sixth generation furniture maker of the Brooklyn firm Standard 41, and his wife, photographer Jami Saunders, are seeking New York tri-state area designers and woodworkers to get involved in a February 2011 fundraiser to benefit a children's orphanage in Kathmandu, Nepal.

A benefit scheduled for February 15 will feature either a sale or auction of one-of-a-kind children's' wood desks. Organizers say each desk sold will support a child for one year.

Raible and Saunders spent their honeymoon last March volunteering at a Nepali orphanage. When they returned home, they created the non-profit organization, Kids of Kathmandu. The charity is dedicated to raising funds for the housing, educational, nutritional and medical needs of the children.

The call to action recommends that each desk retail between $750 and $1,000 and be built as close as possible to the dimensions 24 inches high by 40 inches wide by 20 inches deep. The due date for the desks is January 15. Contributors will earn a tax deduction in the amount for which their desk sells.

Learn more at or read Kids of Kathmandu press release.

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