Do It for the Kids (of Kathmandu)

I’m not necessarily a very charitable person (a terrible thing to say, I know, but let me explain). I’d rather be one to make a difference by, say, running a marathon and raising money/awareness in others than mindlessly throwing dimes into a container at a storefront. After all, when you’re a writer for a living, those dimes can be few and far between in the bottom of your purse. But I do have to admit that like most people (at least those with some sort of heart anyway), I recognize a good cause when I see it.

That’s why I was thrilled to recently receive a note about a design-inspired initiative, called Kids of Kathmandu, that is raising awareness for Nepalese orphans. It started last year when Brooklyn-based newlyweds Andrew Raible, a furniture maker, and Jami Saunders, a photographer, used their honeymoon to volunteer in an orphanage in Kathmandu, Nepal. They were so touched that once home they formed Kids of Kathmandu. The newly established non-profit utilizes photography, art, and design to raise awareness and funding for the 41 kids, half of whom suffer from chronic malnutrition.

The organization’s first initiative, The Desk Project, called designers to create unique children’s desks to support the orphans education. Eleven different designers came to the call, and each of the teams’ 11 desk designs will be auctioned off at an inaugural fundraising gala, being held in New York City on May 12, to raise money.  Tickets cost $75 ticket and will cover an evening of hors d’ourves, drinks, and live music. Additionally, the event will feature a photographic art installation that showcases large-format photos of the orphan children, which will be available for sale.

Desks crafted by:
Andrew Raible (Standard41)
Andrew Rumpler (Nine Stories Furniture Co)
Ben Strear (Strear Built)
Bill Hilgendorf (Uhuru)
Brian DeRosia
Daniel Moyer (Daniel Moyer Design)
Eric Manigian
James Harmon (Workshop)
Mark Righter (Cambium Studio)

More information on the event and organization is available at Make sure to spread the word and share your kudos with the contributing desk designers!

–Stacy Straczynski

One Comment

  1. Thanks so much for your write up Stacy! We really appreciate it and love your take on it all! Thanks for helping us spread the word! Our event is just 10 days away!
    Jami Saunders
    Kids of Kathmandu