Doug & Susan's Kids Foundation
We started the DSKF 20 years ago in order to help children that are less fortunate globally. The funds help in providing medical care, education, food and shelter for children in Haiti, Colombia, and Honduras. Donations are not run through any agency, and we cover all administrative costs. Read the unique stories about Sister Clara’s Clinic, The Atuto Project, and Tom Sawyer House below. Any amount given goes 100% to the kids. Thanks and please forward this to anyone you know that might want to help.
Doug & Susan's Kids Foundation
3844 West Northside Drive
Jackson, MS 39209
1.866.981.0647 (toll free)
Customer Service Hours: 8-5 CST Monday-Friday
Haiti | Sister Clara's Clinic
When our Haitian manufacturer built the medical center for Sister Clara, he did not know what an impact it would have on the local community in Port-au-Prince. Sister Clara runs the clinic with the efficiency of a staff sergeant and squeezes every dollar. The clinic is free for those who cannot pay and accepts whatever donations from those that can. There are dental services as well as medical, and Wednesday is a special day for children. At West End is proud to help out with the clinic by donating all the proceeds from the sale of Sister Clara's cross to the clinic. We send the proceeds directly to Sister Clara, not through a government agency or any charitable organization. Every penny goes to her. It is because of the contributed support of our customers that this project is a success. Sister Clara told us that the money buys medical supplies and helps pay for two doctors. What a good feeling, and thanks to all our loyal customers.
Hi everybody. As most of you know, Haiti was hit by a devastating 7.0 earthquake January 12, 2010. Susan and I have been doing business in Haiti for over 23 years and have developed many friends there that we consider our extended family. We both felt a bit helpless not being able to do more for our friends in Haiti. So after much consideration, we came up with a care package that was handed directly to the people that need it most. Having travelled to Haiti for over two decades, we recognized what is considered necessities in helping start up a new household and this care package consisted of many items that were packed in a box small enough so each recipient can handle it easily.
We sent these care packages along with medical supplies and other necessities in a 40' containers to Port-au-Prince. All of the goods were distributed to those in need by Victor Boulos, our good friend and colleague of 22 years. Victor and his family were involved day and night after the earthquake, transporting doctors and aid back and forth from the airport and housing over 30 doctors in their home. His daughters served as nurses in the makeshift hospitals, helping with surgeries and coordinating medical supplies.
All administrative expenses are paid by us personally. Therefore every penny goes toward this effort. Any amount you can give is appreciated and 100% tax deductible. We started this foundation 20 years ago to help children that are less fortunate globally. These funds help in providing medical care, education, food, and shelter for children in Haiti, Colombia, and Honduras. Our donations are not run through any government agency and we cover all administrative costs.
— Doug and Susan
Honduras | The Atuto Project
This project was set up to help the children in the tiny village where our products are made. Atuto is Spanish for "piggy back". In the beginning, four organized kitchens were set up in the homes of four local ladies who saw to the care and feeding of these children. Many of the children do not have parents, did not eat regularly, and did not go to school.
Today the kids are happy, healthy, and attending school regularly. With the help of Kalalou, a new daycare and after school center has been built. All donations go directly to the Atuto Project that cares for these children everyday. On a recent, we visited the children in the center. Our Honduran manufacturer told us the amazement in their eyes when school uniforms were given out along with paper and pencils. Suddenly we realized that it only takes a little to change life so much.
Colombia | Tom Sawyer House
It was the closest we had ever come to bringing a child home with us, but fate had a different idea. Many children have touched our hearts during our travels, and there are children in other countries that play a big part in At West End's "giving back" policy. But then came Tom Sawyer. He was a nine year old boy selling fossils on the side of the road. He was an anomaly in Colombia with this light hair, green eyes, and freckles. He wore a floppy hat that put the finishing touch on our nickname for him... Tom Sawyer. That day an omen hovered in the air waiting for us to recognize it and make it reality. It didn't turn out exactly like we thought, but omens often have their own agendas. Not being able to get Tom Sawyer off our minds, and after receiving a phone call in the middle of the night from our agent's wife who had a vision about Tom Sawyer, we decided to research his situation.
We learned that Tom Sawyer was not an orphan and certainly not alone. With seven brothers and sisters, a grandfather, and most importantly a mother who loved him.. His real name was Adres Filipe. All ten lived in a two room mud floor house with no plumbing. Living in a tiny village where jobs were all but non-existent, there was no money for even the barest of necessities. The children did not go school because of a $10 fee, clothes were tattered and food consisted mainly of potatoes. The omen was beginning to show its face. Further investigation proved the mother to be an expert at crocheting, and that job was immediately given to her for as many purses as she could make. At West End would buy all of her production. By purchasing the bags, her customers are not only supporting a tiny business, but giving a mother of eight a sense of self worth and the means to support her family. The project now includes the sister-in-law and other needy mothers. Today the kids are in school, there are new clothes for all and plenty of nutritious food. And, 2005 saw the completion of a brand new three bedroom house with running water (a first for them) constructed near the old mud house. Tom Sawyer did not come home with us, so we brought the home to Tom Sawyer. Life works in strange ways. You don't always get what you what... sometimes you get even more.
Summer 2011: Andres (Tom Sawyer) graduated high school this year with honors. He will be attending university through the Doug and Susan's Kids Foundation and majoring in Petroleum Engineering.