The KADO Project

The KADO Project is all about promoting charities and nonprofit organisations through the transformative power of art and design.

Give The [GIF]t is the first installment of what will hopefully be a long running project between the two companies. The name KADO is inspired by the French word “cadeau” meaning gift, changing the “deau” to “do” to imply to an action. The Japanese word for gate can be read as ‘kado’, suggesting the entrance into a better world.

So this year let’s rethink what a ‘normal’ Christmas can (and should) be. To help give the gift of a better future this year, Pocko Social have paired artists with charities, with each artist creating a unique digital Christmas Card to celebrate their linked cause.

This is a campaign designed to encourage a non-materialistic approach to the gifting season, where online shopping has engorged the public’s desire to spend money on products we don’t need.

The KADO Project
will promote a selection of 13 charities – We decided on 13 rather than the traditional 12 days of Christmas, to reflect the nontraditional and non-religious approach to the festive period, and to reflect Pocko’s punk and untraditional beginnings. The general public will be encouraged to rethink their gifting this season, and instead pass on a donation to a charity either in the name of a loved one, or for themselves.

What are POCKO doing?

We’ll be highlighting one cause a day between December 12th and Christmas Day, but the whole list of artworks and charities can be viewed below.

 

How can you get involved?

Donate to any of the causes below, then pop back to our website and click on the button to ‘GIFT ARTISTS E-ARTWORK’. You will be asked a few questions and then directed to a unique page where you can share your virtual artwork/e-card to a loved one.

Feel like sending a physical greetings card of the artwork to a loved one? Once you’ve been directed to the unique page, click on the artwork and download the Greetings Card PDF to print out!

CHARITIES

Abortion Support Network
ActionAid
akt
CALM
The Coalition for Rainforest Nations
Frank Water
Migrants Organise
Red Card
Savvy Contemporary
St Mungoes
United We Stream
Unicef UK
Unseen

The Coalition for Rainforest Nations assists tropical governments, communities and peoples responsibly manage their rainforests through:

  • In-Country Capacity Building: Offering rigorous technical training to aid rainforest countries in developing national greenhouse gas inventories

  • Policy Support: Helping countries shape strong policy to fight deforestation and increase forest cover

  • Direct Finance: Helping finance flow directly to indigenous communities for their Paris Agreement-compliant carbon reductions

Healthy rainforests are critical to tackling the climate emergency, save endangered species, generate needed biodiversity, and provide economies to local communities.

Show support for CfRN and donate today to gift Andrea Chronopoulos’s artwork here!

Frank Water work to improve access to safe water, sanitation & hygiene in India & Nepal. They focuses on groups cut off from society by geography, poverty or caste, and include 100% of every community in their work, so that people take ownership over the water system that they’ve helped design and develop.

  • A gift of £12 to Frank Water will provide one person with safe, clean drinking water, sanitation and good hygiene, for life.

  • There are 663 million people in the world without safe water and 2.5 billion with no access to adequate sanitation.

  • Since Frank water began their journey in 2005, they are proud to have provided taps and toilets to nearly 400,000 people in 549 communities!

Show support for FRANKWATER and donate today to gift Pleid ST’s artwork here!

Unseen is working towards a world without slavery. They concentrate their efforts on three main areas – supporting survivors, equipping people with knowledge to effectively identify victims and influencing legislation, policies and consumer choice to start to tackle the issue in a way that really works.

  • Millions of people around the world are trapped in modern slavery. There are an estimated 100,000 victims here in the UK.

  • 1 in 4 victims of modern slavery are children.

  • In 2016, at any given time, an estimated 40.3 million people worldwide were in modern slavery, including 24.9 million in forced labour and 15.4 million people in forced marriage. 70% of these are women and girls.

Show support for Unseen and donate today to gift Marco Oggian’s artwork here!

Unicef is the leading organisation working for children. We ensure more of the world’s children are vaccinated, educated and protected than any other organisation. We’ve done more to influence laws and policies to help protect children than anyone else.

  • With schools closed, Unicef has already reached 224 million children with distance or home-based learning. And we’re looking to reach 123 million more.

  • Unicef vaccinated 23 million children against deadly measles in 2015, thanks to donations like yours

  • With the help of donations, Unicef UK provided 1.3 Million sets of winter clothes for Syrian children in 2015

Show support for Unicef UK and donate today to gift Jiaqi Wang’s artwork here!

ActionAid is an international charity that works with women and girls living in poverty. Our dedicated local staff are changing the world with women and girls. We are ending violence and fighting poverty so that all women, everywhere, can create the future they want.

  • 1 in 3 women worldwide will experience violence in their lifetime, most likely at the hands of someone they know. ActionAid are ending violence against women and girls around the world, working with communities to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls and create sustainable, long-term change.

  • Since March, ActionAid has reached over 8.5 million people directly to meet essential needs in response to Covid-19. Across 40 countries we have provided food supplies and life-saving essentials like clean water, handwashing stations, soap and masks, as well as funding women’s shelters to support survivors of domestic violence.

Show support for ActionAid and donate today to gift Joni Majer’s artwork here!

Show Racism the Red Card is the UK’s leading anti-racism educational charity. We provide educational workshops, training sessions, multimedia packages, and a whole host of other resources, all with the purpose of tackling racism in society.

  • In 2019 – Over 49,000 young people received anti-racism education at their school

  • There has been a growth of anti-migrant commentary. This combined with international and national terrorist events, alongside irresponsible reporting, has increased feelings of hostility towards these minority groups. Across Europe, Far Right movements continue to gain traction and are an increasing threat.

  • 91% of teachers led classroom discussions on racism as part of preparatory work in class and over 90% of teachers agreed that taking part in the competition had improved pupils understanding of racism.

Show support for ActionAid and donate today to gift Michela Picchi’s artwork here!

akt supports LGBTQ+ young people aged 16-25 in the UK who are facing or experiencing homelessness or living in a hostile environment. They support young people into safe homes and employment, education or training, in a welcoming and open environment that celebrates LGBTQ+ identities.

  • 24% of homeless young people are LGBTQ+

  • 77% of the LGBTQ+ young people akt work with believe coming out at home was the main factor in causing their homelessness and so it’s vital that they’re supported in an environment that’s inclusive and celebrates their identities in order to improve their life outcomes.

  • As Covid restrictions remain in place, akt has continued to see a high volume of young people needing support, either because they’re homeless or because their living situation at home is becoming increasingly volatile

Show support for akt and donate today to gift MUTE’s artwork here!

Abortion Support Network provides advice on travelling for abortion, financial assistance towards the costs, and, where needed and where possible, accommodation in volunteer homes. Their clients tend to be those who are marginalised and at risk – those in and escaping abusive relationships, people with insecure immigration status, families with pregnancies diagnosed with fatal foetal abnormalities, people who are poor. Abortion is a Non-binary Issue & Trans Men Need Abortion Access Too.

  • ASN help people of residence in Ireland, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man, Malta, Gibraltar and Poland all access safe and legal abortions.

  • The cost of abortion travel can be anywhere from £400 to £2000. ASN helps cover that cost for individuals who have no way of paying.

  • Abortion is a non-binary issue, and ASN does not ask clients their gender, nor does gender identity influence grant eligibility.

Show support for Abortion Support Network and donate today to gift Nomoco’s artwork here!

SAVVY Contemporary is an independent interdisciplinary art space in Berlin. We address the ideologies, politics and daily practices of oppression, while deconstructing the history and continuity of Western hegemony and critically engaging with anti-racist and anti-discriminatory politics and practices. For this campaign, SAVVY Contemporary chooses to advocate for the Internally Displaced People of the Anglophone Crisis in Cameroon.

  • The crisis in the North West and South West regions of Cameroon worsened in 2016 when the government cracked down on protests by their anglophone minority and escalated into a fully-fledged conflict in 2018.

  • Children and women are the principle victims of the conflict: more than 500.000 people are displaced, more than 3000 the victims, among which children savagely murdered in their classrooms, teachers’ whose decapitated heads have been hanged in the center of Bamenda, and abused women.

Show support for SAVVY and donate today to gift Diana Ejaita’s artwork here!

Migrants Organise is an award winning, grass roots platform where migrants, refugees connect, build common ground, organise for dignity and justice for all. #WinterSolidarityAppeal

  • People claiming asylum are banned from working and forced to live off £5.66 a day.

  • Racist hostile environment policies are leaving people too scared to access health care.

  • ‘For a refugee, life is like a kind of lockdown all the time” – Adilia, a Migrants Organise member

  • ”We are not allowed to work or claim benefits. We are scared to go to the hospital or to visit the GP” – Ruth, a Migrants Organise member 

Show support for Migrants Organise and donate today to gift Simon Landrein’s artwork here!

For over 50 years St Mungo’s has been at the forefront of efforts to tackle homelessness within London and the South of England. They work to prevent homelessness, and to support people at every step of their recovery from homelessness.

  • Each night St Mungo’s 17 outreach teams go out to help people sleeping rough to move away from the streets, and they regularly provide beds and support to over 3,150 people.

  • Homelessness is devastating, dangerous and isolating. On average, homeless people die at just 44 years old.

  • People sleeping on the street are almost 17 times more likely to have been victims of violence. More than one in three people sleeping rough have been deliberately hit or kicked or experienced some other form of violence whilst homeless.

Show support for St Mungo’s and donate today to gift Till Lauer’s artwork here!

The Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is a leading movement against suicide, offering free and anonymous life-saving services for anyone that is struggling.

  • Every day on average 17 people take their own life in the UK and three in every four suicides are male (ONS)

  • £8 enables CALM to answer one potentially life-saving call / £24 provides support materials to 4 families who have lost someone to suicide

  • CALM supports in excess of 12,000 contacts on the helpline and webchat each month. CALM directly prevents over 50 suicides a month.

Show support for CALM and donate today to gift Van Santen & Bolleurs’ artwork here!

United We Stream – the solidarity response to Covid-19 and the worldwide shutdown of club culture. The successful fundraising campaign for Berlin clubs evolved into a global cultural platform and streaming initiative in the digital space. UWS’ cross-genre and interdisciplinary streams offer low-threshold access and connect local cultural spaces, artists, cultural workers, companies and institutions with a global audience. As an international cultural platform, they advocate the preservation of diverse club culture and its values.

  • United We Stream launched on March 18th and, since then, has attracted over 40 million visitors.

  • 2068 artists have been featured on United We Stream

  • Streams from 425 locations in 92 cities worldwide, 1.5 million € donations worldwide

Show support for United We Stream and donate today to gift Paul Bower’s E-Artwork here!