During this season of giving, we hope you’ll help our friends with their extremely worthwhile project. Last year, furniture maker Andrew Raible and photographer Jami Saunders spent their honeymoon volunteering in a Nepali orphanage. Back at home, the couple continued thinking about the beautiful children who had touched their hearts, and decided to create the non-profit organization, Kids of Kathmandu. Dedicated to raising funds for the housing, educational, nutritional and medical needs of the children, they are appealing to the caring art and design community for assistance.

Raible and Saunders would like New York tri-state area designers and woodworkers to get involved in a February 2011 fundraiser, which will feature either a sale or auction of one-of-a-kind children's' desks. Each desk sold will support a child for one year, so this is truly a wonderful opportunity to reach out and dramatically improve a young life.

Each desk should retail between $750 and $1000, so it should take no more than two or three days to build and finish, and cost no more than $125 in materials. The desks should be built as close as possible to the dimensions 24”high x 40”wide x 20”deep. The due date for the desks is January 15, 2011, as time is needed to properly photograph and promote the event. Designers will earn a tax deduction in the amount for which their desk sells.

Please help us spread the word about this great initiative by calling for designers to get involved!

SOURCE: Kids of Kathmandu

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