Comfort the Children International, a Non-Profit Organization Sustainably and Holistically Combating Poverty in Maai Mahiu, Kenya, Is Launching a Special Edition Wallet This Holiday Season That Will Support its Youth Empowerment Program.

Dec 15, 2010, 11:40 ET from Comfort the Children International

Be the change that you want to see in the world.

Mohandas Gandhi

NEW YORK, Dec. 15, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being released by Comfort the Children International:

Comfort the Children

In 2000 Zane Wilemon traveled to Kenya. He made a friend named Jeremiah Kuria, who brought him to his village called Maai Mahiu. While there, Zane experienced a level of poverty and desperation he had never known. He returned home to the U.S. broken and confused. Zane shared what he had seen. One year later he returned to Kenya with friends to build a school, listen to stories, build friendships and create the non-profit Comfort the Children International (CTC).

The Change Wallet

The design of the wallet is simple, as is the wallet's purpose: to propagate change and promote fundamental human rights. Each special edition unisex wallet is handmade in Kenya with smooth grey leather, a Kenyan shilling sewn onto the front, and the word Change branded onto the back. Traditionally, when a wallet is gifted to someone, the gift-giver puts a coin into the wallet for good luck and to ensure the wallet will never be empty. The use of the coin in the design of this wallet not only upholds this tradition, but is also emblematic of the change that the purchase will bring to the lives of the youth of Maai Mahiu.  

Change for the Holidays

This holiday season CTC has organized a special gift delivery system. The recipient of the gifted wallet will receive a card in the mail informing them of the wallet's purchase, as well as explaining the impact of that purchase on youth in Maai Mahiu. The handmade wallet will then be sent to them from Kenya in early February.  

The purchase of this thirty dollar leather wallet will help fund CTC's youth empowerment program, which provides boys and girls from the community with a place where they have equal opportunity to access information, education and health.

The Change Wallet is a collaboration between CTC International and designer Emily Saunders, who started developing the concept and design while she was still a student at Parsons School of Design.

To purchase the Change Wallet and make a true and sustainable difference this holiday season, go to:

For more information please contact Emily Saunders (

SOURCE Comfort the Children International