Who is Style Saves?
Style Saves is a non-profit organization that empowers students with tools they need to be in school - clothes, shoes, book bags, school supplies (i.e. notebooks, binders, pencils, erasers, etc.) and much more! Style Saves also partners with communities from all around the world to spread their mission, these include schools and orphanages in Haiti, South Africa, Nicaragua, and Colombia.
How did we hear about Style Saves?
Our best friend, Erika, has been working for Style Saves for almost 2 years. Last year she mentioned to us about a service trip to Colombia. We all three got super excited to not only be traveling together for the first time but being able to help and work with kids from an orphanage home in Colombia.
To help fundraise and spread awareness about Style Saves and our mission trip, We Are Andrex created a jewelry line inspired by Colombia’s colorful culture!
March 11th, 2017 - STYLE SAVES COLOMBIA!
In just a matter of a few months, we were on a plane ride to Medellin, Colombia! Our trip was a total of 7 days, and there were 10 of us on the mission to put smiles on these kids faces! The first few days we were explorers of Colombia - we did a Graffiti Tour in Bogota, ate their famous empanadas, drove ATVs (where many of us flipped over and got really muddy!), walked through the colorful streets of Medellin, and much more!
On March 13th, 2017 we drove to a local orphanage called, Casa Hogar Nazareth which cares for a total of 40 kids, ranging from 3 to 18 years of age, and is privately owned and funded.
Style Saves team was ready to equip the orphanage with brand new toys, clothing, art supplies, hygiene products, and school supplies all generously donated from Miansai, Johnson and Johnson, Aveeno, and many more. There were a total of 16 duffle bags all ready to explode and bring joy to these kids!
For four days straight we played soccer with the kids, painted the girl's nails, made friendship bracelets and necklaces, helped out with their homework, ran in the ran, and simply be there for them.
The power of FRIENDSHIP and great WAAVENTURES!
The Style Saves team painted a mural for the kids setting a positive reminder that we will always be there for them!
No words can describe the emotions and impact these kids had on us. We thought we were going to make an impact on their lives, but really it was the other way around.
"Enjoy the simple things in life".
"Children place their own happiness
above everything else".
Last year was an unforgettable time with the kids at Casa Hogar. It was definitely a learning experience for all of us. A wake-up call to be present with the ones you love and give back with an open heart. We are looking forward to the near future to go back to Casa Hogar and to visit these wonderful brave kids.
Watch this video to get the full impact of Style Saves + WAA.
Thank you @dani_medellin for capturing these beautiful moments in our trip to Colombia.
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