Interviews conducted by Megan Lane & Nick Jacobs // Photographed by Patrick Yandoc
One hundred years ago, Polio was crippling the United States and the world; fifty years ago, one of the most debilitating diseases to exist was smallpox; and twenty years ago, almost every child developed a case of the chicken pox. Now, all of these diseases are all but eradicated due to the simple vaccinating of children.
Sevenly was built upon the idea that “People Matter”. This includes everyone from the people that benefit from the money we raise, to the people that support the charities, to the people that keep Sevenly moving. This is the first film in a new series called, “Sevenly People”. The series will focus on individual team members, who they are and what they do. The first in this series is of Nick Jacobs, the buyer.
My mom makes the best biscuits and gravy in the world. Hands down. I can hear The Jackson 5 playing loudly in the background as my mom cooks for my brother and I. The smells and the sounds are impossible to separate. It seems that of my favorite memories involve food or music; and usually both. Since music and food are inextricably linked to community, I'm sure it is the same for most of us. Imagine a wedding with no food or music, it's not quite the same, is it?
In many first world countries, it is easy to overlook poverty as a serious global issue. Within our highly educated, middle class suburbs, we are lucky enough to not have to worry about where our next meal will come from or whether our children will live through the flu season. It’s remarkable to think that in some countries over half of the population slips through the cracks into an impoverished void. The concept of poverty itself is a difficult thing to wrap our mind around; no one could truly struggle by on less than one dollar a day, right?
Just in time for the launch of Facebook's video highlighting the amazing work of this week's partner charity, Mercy Ships, we had the opportunity to interview someone you may recognize from said video: Dr. Frank Haydon. He has been working with Mercy Ships since 2009 as an orthopedic surgeon and functions as a lead surgeon and specialty consultant.
Sevenly is campaigning for world change and what better way to change the world than to spend a few extra moments each day to communicate sincere gratitude?!
There was singing and dancing in the hospital room after Loic came out of surgery. He sat on the bed with his legs in hard casts stretching out in front of him, while his mom joined a roomful of doctors and nurses clapping and singing a traditional African song. The joy in the room starkly contrasted the tension only moments before, when Loic’s mom released her son’s hand and waited to hear if he would be able to walk and run again.
Here at Sevenly, we put a lot of craft and care into our art. Our team of passionate artists hand letter and illustrate all of the designs you see on our site every week. When you buy a print, not only can you feel good about your purchase giving back, but you can also know that the art hanging on your wall was hand made with love.