Now Availible at Retailers

With our launch almost 1 year ago, we are excited to announce that we’ve fulfilled our healthy profit goals for this very first year! New Kushi-riki products are in stores now with great excitement from retailers on the product quality and our commitment to make a difference. From our humble beginning, we have sold 3,900 pairs of gloves and reached out to 54 supporting retailers. Our first year’s donation will be $1 per every glove, mitten, and beanie that we have sold! As we keep our steady pace into the future, the healthy profit goals will grow and grow, with established structure and the efficient profit oriented operation that we will carry. We also incorporated the Profit First model (author Mike Michalowicz) to our young beginning, that we will focus on generating as much profits for our mission in hand – at the same time being able to build a solid foundation for us to stay on course. This is a small beginning, but a powerful and meaningful start. We thank you again for your support in Kushi-riki and it’s mission, and excited to share more as we continue into our journey. Share the warmth!

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Alpine Sports
Arapahoe Sports
Arizona Snowbowl
Bear Creek Mountain Resort
Blauer Board Shop
Boardgarden
Boone Mtn Sports
Boyne Country Sports
Bristol Mountain
The Cage at Copper Mountain
Casual Culture
Divide Board Shop
Double Diamond
Edge of the World
Fitzharris Ski and Sport
Forerunner Ski Shop
Gears Stuff
Gravitee
Hidden Valley Sports Shop
Hobby Wheel
Hunterdon Ski and Snowboard
Idaho Water Sports
Maui North
Mountain Sports Haus
Mountainology
Mt Peter
Northern Edge
Out of Bounds Ride Shop
P3 Boardshop
Peter Glenn Ski and Sports
Phil’s Ski and Snowboard
Rebel Sports
Shoreline of Tahoe
Sierra Lifestyle
Sierra Nevada Adventure Co.
Squaw Creek Sports
Sun and Snow
Sun Valley Sports
Sunlight Mtn. Resort
TwoFourFive
Warming Store

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16/17 Winter Retailers

We are so excited for our debut shipment arriving to retailers very soon! Make sure to check out the retailers page to find one in your area. We couldn’t be more happy with the amount of support we have got for our debut of kushi-riki. We wouldn’t be anywhere without your support and we cant thank everyone enough!

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SIA Snow Show Daily

Thank you to SIA for featuring Kushi-riki in the SIA Snow Show Daily publication! We appreciate helping us SHARE THE WARMTH!

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Our Donation Partners – aka HOPE

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Established in February 2013, a.k.a. HOPE is dedicated to assisting a specific group of children in the Naguru slums on the outskirts of Kampala. Mostly orphaned and many displaced as refugees, they have been driven from their homes and largely forgotten by the Ugandan government and foreign aid-workers. These kids have fought to survive civil wars with terrorists, genocide, death, and trafficking, as well as the tough life living on the streets, and even now, the slums in which they reside have been sold to be demolished for high rises. We want to help provide security, meals, education, love, and hope of a better life for them. Here are just a few ways we are working towards accomplishing this:

By targeting and providing a home for the neediest of children

Networking with the adults living in the slums of Naguru, our project manager has found the most vulnerable children – typically those living on the street, those totally orphaned, those ridden with sickness and disease, and/or those defiled and abused – and placed them in our program. This not only provides a house, which protects against the elements, but fosters a spirit of “home”. Here they can sleep in their own beds – a first for most – as well as experience what it is to be a part of a family.

By providing a free education to those that would otherwise be unable to achieve one themselves

As most children we care for have no living relatives, they receive no financial assistance and are usually unable to provide for themselves. As a result, they can not afford to send themselves to school. We are honored to send each of our children to local primary and secondary schools to achieve a proper Ugandan education. This allows them the opportunity to share a classroom with other students in their community that they wouldn’t otherwise be welcome to. And on the weekends, we make sure to allow ample time for reading, music, and play therapy, while developing an environment of freedom and respect where, all in all, the kids can just be kids.

By filling hungry bellies with healthy and guaranteed meals each day

Again, since most children are unable to care for themselves financially, this also means that many go hungry. We help to alleviate the stress of finding food – many times through digging in the trash heap or stealing from local vendors – by providing all three meals each day. This not only keeps them out of trouble and in good health, but also aids in the learning process as growling stomachs can be highly distracting when trying to learn one’s ABC’s.

By providing free healthcare to those with sickness and disease

As one might imagine, living on the streets is tough. As a result, many kids have contracted some very serious sicknesses and diseases. We have a partnership with our local clinic so that any child needing immediate or ongoing healthcare can find it.

A few more plans that are in the works as of now include:

Strengthening the “family” unit by educating the house mamas in health and English literacy

Offering our older children vocational training and business opportunities

Growing and tending our own garden to cut costs and take a step towards self-sufficiency

Inspiring individuals to “pay it forward”, to give back the love and respect they have received

 

In Swahili, Kushi-riki means “Share.” It’s only fitting that our goal is to support a.k.a. HOPE fully, allowing the organization to focus on what matters most – CHILDREN.

 

aka HOPE founders Chris and Courtney Skiera-Vaughn

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Kushi-riki Website Launches!

Thanks for checking us out! We are very pleased to introduce kushi-riki! With your help we can change the world around us in many ways! Check back again for more exciting news coming soon.

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