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What began as a trip backpacking around Asia, became so much more…

On his trip around South East Asia Ari Sernik stumbled upon an orphanage, and if seeing children without parents living in an orphanage struggling to pay for the costs of their care wasn’t heart-wrenching enough, Ari found out that all of the children in the orphanage were born HIV positive. Their parents had left them with nothing but a dreaded disease. Many may have thought that these children didn’t have much to offer, however they were extremely artistic and good with their hands! Once he saw their drawings, Ari thought of a potential idea to help the children, selling   t-shirts with their own drawings and designs on them. This not only would provide funding for the orphanage but also allowed the kids a creative outlet, and thus Ten-Yad was born.