I'm always touched by people who take steps to actively make a difference in the world. Kindle My Heart was just an idea to Californian local, Vanessa da Costa, but within only a couple of months she established a wonderful program with the mission to empower and support young girls.
Aimed at helping girls and young women who have experienced some kind of personal trauma, such as cancer, abuse or the juvenile system, Kindle My Heart uses meditation, art and beauty to make a positive change in their lives. The program is sponsored by the Art of Living Foundation who teach a Youth Empowerment Workshop that involves breathing techniques and yoga and Paul Mitchell salons who offer a beauty day, plus gift bag with hair products. Kindle My Heart also arranges for artists to teach art classes to children in hospitals, donates parenting books for young mums and Valentines and Birthdays cards to hospitals.
Its only the beginning for Kindle My Heart, Vanessa has lots more ideas to help young girls. And there is an easy and super fun way you can help... shopping! Go to the Kindle My Heart store and make a purchase - 100% of the profits from the sale of their shoes and mini skate decks are used to support the program, including buying wigs for cancer survivors. The beautiful artwork on these pieces have been donated by Brazilian artists Patchoca and Rubens LP.