If we stop complaining long enough to take stock of all we have to be grateful for…and then if we stop looking at ourselves long enough to notice that in our privileges, gross inequalities are made manifest, we’ll notice that we have something to offer. Not out of guilt, not out of pity – out of brotherhood. The journey could take a lifetime, but Toni Thorne is definitely on step 3. She is the CEO of BoUiK, a “creative lifestyle” company based in Barbados. Many may know BoUiK as a refreshing clothing line, but this company does not lend itself to being boxed in! They are the creators of the Martha’s Smile Initiative. Martha’s Home in Jamaica houses children directly affected by HIV/AIDS. This initiative gives them the gift of creative opportunity through the funding of the children’s instruction in music and dance. Generous Caribbean designers donated all-white garments which the children themselves hand-painted, and are available for purchase. Creative humanity at its best.
Be sure to search the Martha’s Smile Initiative on Facebook, and while you’re at it, check out another of BoUiK’s projects, ‘Wear The Issue’. Stay tuned here @ Allegiance for a blast on that coming up soon.