$300,000 t-shirt? UN fights famine with fashion
Got a few hundred thousand dollars to spend on a shirt? You're in luck. UNICEF has joined forces with a pair of New York City artists to produce a line of t-shirts aimed at easing the famine in Somalia and other countries in the Horn of Africa. Each shirt in the line sells for the exact cost of the famine aid it depicts, whether it's deworming tablets, an emergency tent, or something a bit pricier. Keep clicking to see the shirts, which range from $18.57 for the t-shirt shown here (for three insecticide-treated mosquito nets) to $300,000...
Measles kills more than 600 children every day, and those who survive may be left with disabilities such as blindness and brain damage. For $24.30, the cost of this shirt will vaccinate 81 children against measles.
Worm infestation can result in impaired cognitive development. Intestinal worms can go undetected for long periods of time and cause a range of health problems. For 1,000 deworming tablets, this shirt costs $36.10.
High-energy biscuits are easy to distribute during emergencies and contain vitamins and minerals that quickly improve the level of nutrition. For $49.96, you can buy 1,200 high-energy biscuits - and this shirt, of course.
Ready-to-Eat Therapeutic Food
Ready-to-Eat Therapeutic Food is a high-protein peanut-based paste that's supplied in a ready-to-use packet. Just three of these packets a day can save the life of a child. This $73.13 shirt will buy 150 Ready-to-Eat Therapeutic Food packets.
Emergency feeding centers, refugee camps, and hospitals use therapeutic milk to treat severely malnourished children. This life-saving formula includes vegetable fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals. Thirty pounds of therapeutic milk powder - and this shirt - cost $85.75.
Basic water kit
One basic water kit can provide clean water to 10 families. A kit (and this t-shirt) costs $125.55.
What about water for a whole community? This shirt will buy it, for $500.
Emergency tents are used in the drought-affected Horn of Africa for temporary schools, health centers, or other types of shelter. One tent costs $1,939.96 - the price of this shirt.
Field workers can use motorbikes to bring lifesaving vaccines and other types of assistance to children in remote communities. This $3,064.82 shirt will purchase one 125cc motorbike.
Corn soy blend
Corn soy blend is a fortified flour distributed during periods of drought or famine. What will this $75,000 shirt do? Deliver 100 metric tons of the flour to more than a million Somalis per month over the next several months.
What's the most expensive shirt in the collection? This one - it costs $300,000. But for that whopping amount, UNICEF can transport a whopping amount of vital aid from its supply warehouse in Copenhagen to Nairobi, Kenya.