After the tragic experience Rob and Paul suffered in the Boxing Day Tsunami of 2004 the brothers wanted to turn the ultimate negative into a positive. They created the Orphans for Orphans initiative, designed to ensure a brighter future for orphans in less developed countries - where help from friends and family isn’t always available. We want to give orphaned children the education, healthcare and support that they deserve.
By the end of 2014, the brothers want to open an orphanage in the memory of their parents - Kevin and Sandra Forkan. The opening of the first Gandys orphanage will mark the 10th anniversary of the tsunami. Our ultimate goal is to have Gandys orphanages all over the world.
While we make preparations for building our own orphanages, Gandys is donating 10% of its profits to a great, worthy little charity called Mango Tree Goa in India. After the brothers spent so much time in India they wanted to focus on helping orphaned children there first. Mango Tree Goa helps the children get an education, and also simultaneously provides them with much-needed health-care and nutrition.
In one year of selling our flip flops, Gandys has donated enough money to Mango Tree to provide school supplies for one hundred children and to fund their teacher for a whole year!