While we were watching the American Giving Awards on NBC Saturday night, December 8, 2012, we had the thought: if you’re going to throw an awards show it might as well be awarding people who are actually doing things to help others. And, that’s where the Costa Mesa, California based Krochet Kids International comes in. They won a $500,000 cash prize, according to a story in the Orange County Register.
Krochet Kids international, established in 2008 by three surfers — Kohl Crecelius, Stewart Ramsey and Travis Hartanov — took the trio’s hobby of crocheting hats to Uganda government camps, where refugees from local rebels had been living for as long as 20 years. The Costa Mesa organization teaches women to make the hats; it then markets them internationally. . . Last year, a second operation was set up in Lima, Peru, to help impoverished women living in the city.
Now it would appear that the kids have a little more funding to build their socially conscious business. Then some day Krochet Kids will get so big that they’ll have to employ entire factories of third world workers to make their clothes.
[Link: OC Register]