HARDWARE4HOPE was created in October 2012 with the goal of repurposing found hardware pieces and turning them into beautiful jewelry and accessories to raise money for Kenyan orphans. The proceeds from the jewelry sales are donated to assist the Kiberia Community to construct a second story at the Rising Junior School and also build 4 additional classrooms at Damside Preparatory School.
Mission: Lori volunteered in Nairobi, Kenya at several schools teaching English. She was able to assist both, the Rising Junior School and Damside, which are both located in Kibera, the largest slum located in Africa and the second largest in the world. The living conditions are very harsh, the average size of a shack in this area is 12 feet by 12 feet built with mud walls, a corrugated metal, tin roof and dirt floors. Rent is about 700 Ksh per month which is around $7 US dollars. The shacks house up to 8 or more family members, many sleeping on the dirt floor. Purchasing the jewelry on this site will help build classrooms and bring awareness for the thousands of orphans in Kibera. Donations will also be allocated to help start The HARDWARE4HOPE Foundation.