We asked you to nominate your favorite non-profit organizations who you felt deserved to win a $300 donation this holiday period, and were quite blown away by how many emails we received! It was so difficult choosing just 7 winners that we also chose another 7 charities to receive a $50 donation.
Thanks to everyone who made a nomination. All the charities suggested do such incredible work and it was touching reading all your mails.
Here are the 7 lucky groups each receiving a $300 donation from Bohemian Island:
Sacred Valley Project - based in Ollantaytambo, Peru, the Sacred Valley Project is dedicated to improving access to education for young women from low-income families in remote, mountain communities of the Sacred Valley.
Cam Sight UK - based in Cambridgeshire, England, Cam Sight provides support for visually impaired people, their carers and families; employers and providers of public services.
Children International - Children International provides critical assistance to children and families struggling in terrible poverty. Their community centers provide resources, programs and services that allow them to reduce the burden of poverty on impoverished children and youth, invest in their potential and provide them with opportunities to grow up healthy, educated and prepared to succeed and contribute to society.
Art in Motion - AIM Inc. understands that an appreciation of the Arts is an integral part of the educational and social upbringing of any youth. This Paterson, New Jersey-based non-profit organization focuses on helping youth explore their passion for the arts.
New York Bully Crew - this not-for-profit rescue organization was founded in December 2010 and though based on Long Island, their outreach is US wide. They specialize in rescuing Pitbulls, however no animal in dire need of rescue is turned away.
Water is Life - WATERisLIFE’s mission is to provide clean water, sanitation and hygiene programs. Saving Lives. Transforming Communities. WiL provides clean drinking water, sanitation and hygiene education programs to schools and villages in desperate need.
Disabled American Veterans - DAV is the longest-lasting veterans advocacy and assistance group in the US. They are dedicated to a single purpose: empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity.
In addition to these 7 winners, Bohemian Island will also donate $50 each to the following organizations: American Lab Rescue, Miami Dade Animal Services Shelter, Embody Love Movement, ALS Association, Justice Rescue, Maine Access Immigrant Network, Bayonne Feral Cat Foundation.
The long awaiting results of our July Instagram pic of the month competition are in! Tag your pictures rocking our pants with #bohemianisland for your chance to win each month!
1st prize: @yue_strife - Wins $50 Bohemian Island gift certificate!
A simple yet effective shot this one. We just LOVE the style, and the Lavender Peacock harems have been captured perfectly here!
2nd prize: @megshibu - Wins $25 Bohemian Island gift certificate!
Apart from the gorgeous pose, we love the colors in this shot. Featured are the Ekajati Elephant harem pants.
3rd prize: @sashaaarons - Wins $25 Bohemian Island gift certificate!
We love pictures which capture a specific mood, and we feel this one perfectly encapsulates that blissful morning feeling. A fresh start, a healthy drink and the World's comfiest harem pants!
Winners please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your prize!
We're delighted to announce the winners of our Instagram Photo of the Month Competition for April and May 2015!
Be sure to head over to our Instagram page and tag your photos wearing your Bohemian Island pants with @bohemian_island and #bohemianisland for your chance to win!
Winners will receive a $50 Gift Certificate to spend in store! :)
April Winner: @krisxtine216
May Winner: @burgundyyoga
Good news fellow Bohemians!
Our ever popular Black Peacock harem pants are back in stock! Thankfully the nightmare of these beauties not being available for purchase only lasted a few days, but we can all be grateful that they're back in our lives and that we all survived to tell the tale of the famous Black Peacock Harem pants drought of April 2015.
Find them in store here folks and happy buying! :)
- The Bohemian Islanders
Due to Songkran Festival (Thai New Year) we are unable to ship any items from now until Thursday April 16th, due to everyone going off and having a massive water fight! We'll still be working hard, but the Post Office is closed until Thursday, so we'll ship all items out then!
Thanks all for your patience and your continued support!
The dog meat trade in South East Asia sees tens of thousands of dogs transported out of Thailand and into neighboring countries every year.
They are cruelly, horrifically slaughtered. Often tortured first, in a practice that's believed to tenderize the meat, the dogs are lucky if they suffocate in the cramped cages before arriving.
The people of Thailand who know about this practice do condemn it, but public awareness isn’t high.
Soi Dog Foundation is doing all it can to aid the Thai Government in stopping this barbaric practice, and has already seen real results in the form of convoys of trucks being intercepted and arrests being made.
Very recently one of the largest dog meat operators in the region was raided and shut down. What was found there was truly gut-wrenching, but at least the suffering there has come to an end.
Here's how you're making a direct difference
To this end, Soi Dog have begun erecting billboards explaining to locals what's actually going on, and is placing them in towns and on highways across Thailand, especially in the North where the dogs are smuggled over the border.
Public awareness is key, as we've already seen that these billboards have led to information being passed on which later led to arrests being made.
With thanks to our wonderful customers, Bohemian Island have just purchased 5 billboards to be erected, so thanks to YOU we are together helping to end the dog meat trade!
As you may know, 10% of proceeds from each one of our Thai harem pants goes to Soi Dog. We wouldn't be able to make gestures like this if it wasn't for your support, and we are truly grateful for it.
We couldn't do it without you
We’ve spoken before about the awesome work that Soi Dog do, and we love being able to make regular donations to them. Seeing the difference we can all help to bring about makes us happy and proud to be involved, and we urge you check out Soi Dog for yourself and see if there’s a way you can help too.
That doesn’t necessarily mean donating money. Like these billboards, just spreading the word is already making a huge difference to the dogs that need our help.
Please share this with your friends and family. Thank you.