When we started Toko-Toko, we instantly knew that it needs to function as a bridge between all of our communities. As Asian-Americans with Indonesian heritage living in Los Angeles, we are so fortunate to see and experience the best of creative work in the U.S. and in Southeast Asia. After all, when you get to call Los Angeles and Bali 'home' at the same breath, you cannot deny that you are blessed in every sense of each letter in the word!
With this blessing we see a responsibility as well to help the less fortunate in the communities. Though cliche, we truly believe in making the world a better place for all when we can. Therefore, we set aside part of our profit to assist a community project of our choice. Since August 2015 we work closely with a local non-profit in Ngimbang village, East Java, Indonesia to provide clean water for this dry village.
The pipes are installed in front of their homes to allow for easier water access points in the village. They still have to fill out buckets and bring them inside the houses, but now the women and children will no longer be walking miles to the next village to haul water.
The fund Toko-Toko raised recently was formally received by the workers of the non-profit and the Head of Ngimbang village. Half of the fund received will be used to build four sinks in local school in April this year. This allows prevention of diseases that can easily be prevented by an act as simple as washing hands. The rest of the fund will be used for monthly expenses occur to maintain these pipes and technology.
We received a 'Terima Kasih' (Thank You) note from the non-profit and the head of the village. But truly, this is a Terima Kasih to you, for shopping at Toko-Toko, for supporting our pop-up. Your gorgeous fashionable hearts have assisted the people of Ngimbang village to have running water. You are looking chic and helping the children in the village have running water at homes and at school. We love you, yes you, pretty little thing reading this blog.
Terima Kasih from the bottom of our hearts to you. We will continue to update you with this Water is Life project. Until then, shop our online shop, follow us on IG and spread the word on our unique products. Remember, we're DTLA-based, if you're LA based and wanting to collaborate, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org