Students from low-income countries design lamp shades to fund global education efforts.
Pacifc Coast Lighting  and kathy ireland Worldwide ® (kiWW) have announced a partnership with The School Fund , a California-based global education nonprofit, to improve access to attend high school for students living in low-income countries. As part of the “Light for Education” partnership, original artwork from students supported by The School Fund will be used as the designs for a new line of lampshades being launched by kiWW in August 2013. Proceeds from the lamps will be used to fund education scholarships for students in the 13 developing countries the organization supports.
For the Light for Education program, students currently supported by The School Fund created bright and colorful original artwork that reflected the unique culture and heritage of their homelands. A team from The School Fund along with entrepreneur and philanthropist Kathy Ireland selected designs to be used on lamp shades in the collection. The designs are available for sale at LampsPlus.com .
“School should be free and accessible by everyone -- especially in countries where education is needed the most -- but tragically that’s not the case,” says Matt Severson, founder and President of The School Fund. “Kathy Ireland is a committed advocate for students around the globe and we’re proud to partner with kiWW and Pacific Coast Lighting to ensure that more students have access to the benefits that education brings. We couldn’t be more excited to be working with these outstanding companies to not only bring these heart-warming products to market but also to change the lives of students from the developing world.”
"It is a privilege to experience young geniuses creatively expressing their design talents for the Light for Education campaign with The School Fund and Pacific Coast Lighting," says Kathy Ireland, CEO of kiWW and a member of The School Fund Advisory Board. "Matt Severson of The School Fund and Clark Linstone at Pacific Coast Lighting have collaborated to give these students an opportunity to share their gifts with the world. At a time when arts programs in schools are underfunded and when financial needs for children and education are great, programs such as this one make a tremendous difference."
“We’re very excited about the partnership,” says Clark Linstone, Pacific Coast Lighting President. “As the manufacturer for the kathy ireland Home Collection®, we’re delighted that our capacity to produce custom-printed lamp shades can be utilized to help fulfill the dreams of students across the world.”
Globally, more than 71 million children cannot attend high school because they live in poverty. Data shows that, in countries where most people live on less than $1 a day, each year of schooling translates into a 10 percent increase in an individual’s potential income.