Rwanda Graphic T-Shirt Project
Ildephonse's biggest challenges:
- feeding the 200 children and finding sponsors for them.
- It costs $0.75 USD per day to feed a child.
- There are currently 20 school-aged children that need support for their education.
- The total cost per student per year is $660 USD which includes transportation, materials and pocket money in case of accident or sickness.
- To be as creative as they want...with ideas ranging from...
- Designing a new icon
- Re-branding the country
- Slogans and/or socially conscious messages that can tie back to the non-profit org. missions.
For the Gisimba orphanage tees, I am planning on having each t-shirt personalized with the name of the child on the interior neck, so whoever buys it will know who they are sponsoring. In addition, while at the orphanage, I will photograph and write a profile of the child, documenting his/her interests to post on the blog.
As for the VOR tees, the designers are to do their own artistic interpretation on what the VOR mission stands for. The money raised from these tees will go to fund genocide survivor testimonies, preserving history by building a comprehensive archive for future generations.
Bryan Collins, Steve Green, Chris McNally, Jon Theiss and Scott Nguyen are the first crew of artists I've enlisted for this series of tees. I've had the pleasure of working each of these designers over the past few years and they all do awesome work. I'm really excited to profile them here. Each t-shirt design will be photographed on the designer along with a bio.
David Mullen, of Save Khaki, has generously donated a bulkload of his super-soft and comfy tees to print on. The remaining balance will be printed on Edun-Live Organic Cotton tees made in Uganda. Lincoln Mayne, award-winning artist and screenprinter extraordinaire, has offered to waterbase print these shirts at a fraction of his normal cost. I can't express how thankful I am that all these amazing people are contributing their time, skills, talents and goods to this project.
We will be meeting on July 3rd to go over the designs. I can't wait to see them!