Here at Borges & Scott we are, of course, passionate about our hats, but we know there are more pressing concerns for huge numbers of people around the globe.
The comfort of a place to call home, the safety of the same bed to sleep in every night, enough food to eat and a good education should not be luxury items, but sadly this is the case in some of the countries where we have trading partners.
We feel we have a responsibility, both as a business and as decent people, to provide support to the communities we work with. As a minimum we give 5% of our profits to charities every year. The main causes we love and support on a regular basis are:
Alalay provides a loving home and opportunities to street children in Bolivia. As well as providing comfort, support and basic healthcare, Alalay’s mission is to help these children to help themselves by providing education and skills development, and establishing and monitoring practical production projects which will become self-financing and teach new skills to the children.
Many Hopes has a vision to change Kenya by raising a generation of children who will lead with justice and kindness, and in doing so eradicate the causes of extreme poverty. The story of how the charity was founded is a powerful one, and well-worth reading:
Compassion International works in many countries providing hope and love to many children, giving them them an opportunity to escape poverty and live life to the full. We love what they are doing in Ecuador, the home of the Panama hat!
“Poverty is the worst form of violence.” - Mahatma Gandhi