SOURCE: Zazzle


January 31, 2011 09:00 ET

Raising Hope for Kenyans, One Brushstroke at a Time

Zazzle Partners With Non-Profit Organization to Showcase Original Artwork Created by Children of Kenya

REDWOOD CITY, CA--(Marketwire - January 31, 2011) - Zazzle, the world's leading platform for quality custom products, and Comfort the Children International (CTC), a non-profit organization that helps Kenyans build and manage sustainable infrastructure, have announced the launch of the CTC store on Zazzle, showcasing original artwork created by Kenyan children and available for sale on dozens of high-quality products.

The group of young artists, ranging in age from 3 to 18, were guided and encouraged by CTC's Founder/Director Zane Wilemon and his team, on how to use Zazzle's powerful online tools to turn their art into products available for sale online. Thus, armed with little more than paintbrushes, crayons, and a love of drawing, young Kenyans took their community fundraising efforts to canvas. Working alongside CTC, the children made their artwork available for purchase on Zazzle, with a portion of the proceeds to support CTC-related efforts in their local communities.

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"This project has not only helped these budding artists to build more international awareness of their communities and CTC, but has also given each child a real-world educational experience with e-commerce on Zazzle," stated Zane. "It's really been a blast to see their faces light up when they see their artwork available for sale online -- knowing that the world-wide-web isn't a scary place, but now a familiar tool for them to use to be successful."

"At Zazzle, we are deeply inspired to work with organizations like Comfort the Children, whose missions align perfectly with our company's core values," commented Jeff Beaver, co-founder and chief product officer at Zazzle. "One of our fundamental goals is to empower individuals across the world and to make a real difference in their lives and communities. We look forward to engaging with more superb, charitable entrepreneurs like Zane and we feel honored to have the opportunity to apply our talents in a way that contributes positively to these Kenyan communities."

About Comfort the Children International
Managed locally and staffed with community members and CTC volunteers, CTC's programs are delivered through local relationships, providing the empowerment necessary to make lasting, positive changes in Kenya with a focus on five specific needs: education, environment, economy, health and community. Like the fingers on their hand-print logo, each area of focus directly impacts the community as whole and is interrelated to the success of the others.

About Zazzle
Zazzle is the world's leading platform for quality custom products. Zazzle's proprietary technology enables individuals, professional artists, and major brands, including Disney and Hallmark, to create and offer billions of unique products for customers worldwide. Zazzle's rapidly expanding product base covers every topic imaginable and includes customized t-shirts, business cards templates, and personalized invitations in addition to a variety of other custom gifts. When an individual uses Zazzle to sell art online, products are instantly and accurately visualized on the site and offered in the Zazzle marketplace. When ordered, each product is made on-demand, typically within 24 hours. Launched in 2005 and based in Redwood City, California, Zazzle's vision is to redefine commerce, powered by the world's imagination.

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