Do it in a Dress.
I do lot’s of things in dresses. Shopping, work, cleaning, get my boogie on, and once upon a time, I went to school in a dress. As much as I hated it at the time (I remember being “sick” a lot as a child…) I am grateful for the education I received. Thanks to being able to read and write I was better able to communicate with those around me. I was also able to read a number of life changing books that completely shaped the person I am today. Thanks to being able to count and do math I was able to get my first job in customer service. It was so freeing being able to make my own money, even if, at the time, I spent it mostly on shoes I would never wear and Tim Tams. Sadly though, not everyone has the opportunity at an education not only because of the country they are born in, but just because they are a girl.
There are currently over 60 million girls in the world who are unable to go to school because either their families cannot pay their school fees, or they have been forced into marriage and child bearing due to their families not being able to support them at all. I don’t know about you, but I find this totally unacceptable. Education isn’t just about find the next Einstein or having a nation of University Graduates all researching to save the world. It’s about self empowerment. Having the knowledge to calculate a budget so you can feed yourself and your family. Being able to read stories to your children to bond with them. Keep track of small business expenses to better support your community.
Here’s the facts:
So what do we do?
Take action. Act now.
I have chosen to stand behind One Girl as our champion charity because one of our core beliefs is empowering women. Our women are brave and confident and kick-arse, and there is nothing more empowering than knowledge. Everyday I learn something new either by reading a book, listening to a podcast or watching a video, and the feeling I get from having this newly acquired knowledge is euphoric. Imagine being able to inspire that feeling in someone else every single day. Completely turn someone’s life around.
One Girl’s sole purpose is to educate girls. They work with Restless Development Sierra Leone in Sierra Leone and Uganda providing education scholarships, school supplies, business training and health and sanitary education. They build new classrooms and toilets in schools to provide a safe environment for children to learn.
One Girl has set a goal of educating 1 million girls in Sierra Leone and Uganda and they need our help. I believe a large part of doing business is about giving back to the community and being at the forefront of making a change. This is why I have chosen to stand with One Girl and do everything we can to make a difference in these girl’s lives.
How are we going to do that?
We have set the goal of $3,000 which is enough to educate 10 girls in Africa. 5% of the total sale value up to $99 will be donated to One Girl, 7% of sales between $100 and $199 and 10% of the total sale for all orders above $200.
We will also be hosting a fundraiser in October as part of the Do It In A Dress campaign. More details on this to come! Please make sure you are following our Facebook and Instagram if you would love to be a part of this great event or join our mailing list and we will keep you updated!
For more information on One Girl and why they started this movement click here.
If you want to know first hand how an education has changed the life of a girl in Africa you can read the stories here.
And if you want to take the challenge and Do It In A Dress you can sign up here.
Thank you so much for reading and for all your support! Together we can make a difference.
Women empower women!
Jay Dee xx
Pictures and statistic infographs provided by One Girl as part of the Do It In A Dress Initiative.