What is "A Kid's Smile"?
"A Kid's Smile" is a project born from the love for children and the wish of helping secure the future of socially disadvantaged children together with our passion for baking cakes and cookies.
We are a team of bakery passionate people. We believe in a bakery with a purpose and the power of community! Children deserve the best in life. They are our future.
Unfortunately, the number of these children is growing year after year in Romania, as there is a very small number of organizations dedicated to helping these children and teenagers, organization that are under funded. We believe that these children need people besides them for guidance, people that can teach them to build a future with a profession. These children do not see any future at this moment. With your help, we will be able to give them a future, a hope … a life!
Our main goal is to be the first organization in Romania with a mission: to invest the biggest part of the bakery’s profit in food, clothing, health care and education of social disadvantaged children.
Investing all our time and our passion for traditional cakes, made with natural ingredients, combined with the funds we will raise, we want to build a new type of bakery: one that will help many generations of children, in order to offer them a better future and a better tomorrow.
In the press worldwide
From the end of the communist era (in december 1989), the bad treatement and awful life of social disadvantaged romanian children was depicted in the press world wide. That was 23 years ago. Today, the same conditions exists ... like nobody has an interest in the future and life of these children. The only thing that is changed is the larger number of those children.
Help us change this! We can only do this with your help and a self sustaining bakery that will donate its profits month after month.
Small part of the stories depicting the real life of social disadvantaged children in Romania (timelined links):
2007 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDR5xpLEx-U (Produced by ABC Australia)
2009 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aX215r_CiMw (produced by Russia Today)
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
Let's unify our powers and change their future!
The “A Kid’s Smile” project team
Some of the members of the "A Kid's Smile" project are professionals that have almost 30 years of experience in the bakery field, as confectioners and pastry cooks, as well as managing a bakery for the last 10 years. The rest of us have experience in the field of business management and marketing for the last 13 years.
We concentrate our efforts in what we do best in order to help others!
We want to be a part of the solution!
First of all: Let's bring a smile! With the opening of the "A Kid's Smile" bakery, we will have Open Sundays, when we will give away for free, a cake for every socially disadvantaged child, up to the age of 16. All the cakes made in "A Kid's Smile" bakery will be made only from natural and fresh ingredients, without any additives.
Second: Let's build a future! The bakery will sustain from its profits, the expenses for the qualification courses, for the teenagers between the age of 16 and 19, in order to help them learn a profession, as baker, pastry cook, waiter, hair stylist.
Third: Like we said before, the profits from the bakery will also go towards food, clothing, medication and better medical care for the social disadvantaged children.
We will initiate and maintain a long term collaboration with the Romanian local authorities, in order to create groups of teenagers, above 16 years old, that are willing to learn a profession according to their skills and wishes, from bakers to waiters to hair stylists. This will help the socially disadvantaged teenagers learn a profession and keep them off the streets and away from drugs and violence at a later time.
For the ones that will choose a profession like baker or pastry cook, we will provide them the opportunity to practice in "A Kid's Smile" bakery and to teach them secrets of the trade.
Most social disadvantaged children lack good medical care and medication. We want to change this by investing our profits to offer them better nursing conditions.
What We Need & What You Get
We have managed to put together a small part of the whole amount that we need in order to build "A Kid's Smile" bakery. Still, we are a long way from the goal, and this is where you come in. We hope that with your support and donations, we will start to help children and teenagers as soon as possible.
We are ready to offer some amazing perks to thank you for supporting us greatly. We have a few companies that support us in our struggle to complete the project and create the perks we are offering you.
*See at the bottom of the page details about our perks.
We will make everything possible to keep in touch with all those that helped us raise money or spreading the word by:
- updating our facebook account daily with pictures of how things are going in building and setting up the bakery;
- creating a website with a live feed cam from inside the bakery for those of you that would like to check on how things are going, how we are making the cakes or just to see the childrens smiling on Open Sundays;
- we will update our facebook page and soon-to-come website with pictures and videos from the qualification courses, distributing clothing and medication and other activities we will be involved in along the way.
Here’s a compressed list of some of the things that we need to get started and the break down of funds:
In The Bakery:
Oven (gas) - $11000
Sink (3 section) - $850
Counter stainless steel (4 pcs) - $2200
15L & 30L Mixers (2 pcs ) w/ extra mixing bowls and attachments - $3800
Freezer - $3500
Exhaust hood - $1600
Cold Case 4 pcs - $8800
Dry case 2pcs - $1200
Packaging for all your products -$ 2000
Stainless steel Shelving 2pcs - $2400
Cooling Racks 2 pcs - $650
Ingredients (enough for the first month, bought in bulk to save money)
Ingredient storage bins/containers - $200
Ingredient refrigerator - $2400
Completed Product Refrigerator - $2500
Seating Area - $3000
Salaries (minimum 6 months, 8 employees) - $3800/mth * 6 = $22800
Rent (minimum 6 months) - $2800/mth * 6 = $16800
Decoration and interior furnishing (sandstone ,etc) -
Accounting Software - $350
Website - $1000
Refrigerated car - $12000 (we will use this to fill orders for the bakery in order to bring in more profits and for delivering cakes to children that cannot come to the bakery due to illness)
Flyers 10k pcs - $200
We have the hope that with your help our goal will be reached and the life of the children will start to change!
For our contributing members, that will help us reach our goal and make this dream come true, a hall of fame wall will be instated in the bakery with the names of the contributors and amount contributed (and a photo if they so wish for). Special membership described in the perks.
Other Ways You Can Help
We understand some of you are just not financially capable of donating too much, but we urge you to just donate whatever you can to make our vision possible!
Please help us! Think of all the people in your life who love cakes, love cupcakes, love helping people, and love business and entrepreneurship. Write them a short personal email and share with them our indiegogo link and tell them about how you think donating to this cause is a great one.
Please share this link with your friends and family. The more the merrier!
Write about us and share our "A Kid's Smile" campaign link in your Facebook and Twitter accounts.
Finally, don't forget to like us on our facebook page. You can find the link below. This will allow you to receive updates about the bakery easily.
Shamballa Bracelets with Swarovski like crystals
Romanian traditional shirt manually embroidered (natural cotton)
New technology toothbrush
Bluetooth portable Sound Devices
We would be glad to answer any of your questions or if you have any suggestions we would love to hear them - please contact us.
We truly appreciate your time and energy reading our "A Kid's Smile" campaign.
The most wonderful thing in this world is a kid's smile and the feeling we have when we know that we have built a better future for them.