How FRANK began – Our Story
After seeing poverty at its most intense during their overseas travelling, married couple Jason And Jess both knew that they wanted to be involved with something in their life that helped others who were “doing it tough”.
After discovering the Buy-One-Give-One model, where for-profit companies gave away the same item every one sold, Jason and Jess were sold on the idea that businesses can make a lasting and consistent impact by providing for people in need.
When they viewed a documentary on child poverty in NZ, Jason and Jess went to visit some low decile schools to see if the documentary’s claims of children going without, was true. Never believing that children in NZ would go without the basic school resources’ like a school backpack and exercise
books, they met the principal of a primary school in Auckland where approximately half of the 400 juniors would show up to school every day with no bag on their back and no school book to write in.
They found that when children showed up with no books, they were instead given a piece of paper to work on. These bits of paper would often get lost or thrown away, making it difficult for teachers to track student work and for students to retain information and be invested in their education. A lack
of stationery means they cannot record and revise information, resulting in that child falling behind the other children in their class.
Jason and Jess found that a lack of school resources was just one of the trials that many children were experiencing. Those living in extreme poverty come to school with no or little food, live in damp and crowded homes and often miss out on extra-curricular activities like school trips as they could
not afford the extra costs. The reason stationery was chosen was it matched the skills that Jason
and Jess possess. Syncing Jason’s passion for business and Jess’s love for all things creative, they knew that they could combine their skills to make a difference. They both believe in the power of education and how it can change a childs future.
FRANK. is a solution to a small part of a multi faceted issue that is poverty. Jason and Jess hope to not only provide stationery to children in need, but to encourage other businesses in a range of fields to adopt a similar model, whereby collectively the business community can make a sustainable flow
of resources to the people who need it most.