In­spired by a girl

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - FILTER - @one­girlorg

In 2010, while on a trip to Uganda re­search­ing so­cial up­lift­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties, CHANTELLE BAX­TER, above, met 14-year-old Brenda when she knocked on her door, ask­ing for a do­na­tion. Armed with a note from her prin­ci­pal stat­ing she needed just $40 (about R640) for her school fees, Brenda had re­sorted to beg­ging on the streets. In­spired by the lit­tle girl’s pas­sion and de­ter­mi­na­tion, Chantelle founded the Aus­tralian­based non-pro t or­gan­i­sa­tion ne irl. e speak to her about her mis­sion to help ed­u­cate one mil­lion girls around the world by 2020. How would you sum up the One Girl cause? e be­lieve that ev­ery girl on the planet de­serves the op­por­tu­nity to go to school. e’re cur­rently work­ing in Uganda and Sierra Leone. How does the or­gan­i­sa­tion help girls? We have dif­fer­ent projects, like our Grad­u­a­tion cam­paign, where we spon­sor (through monthly do­na­tions) a girl’s school fees, books, bags, uni­forms, sta­tionery and san­i­tary ware (so she doesn’t miss school while on her pe­riod); and the Do It In A Dress chal­lenge, where peo­ple raise money by do­ing var­i­ous chal­lenges – like a yoga class or a 5km run – while wear­ing a school dress. What hap­pened to Brenda? Did she go to school? Brenda is one of our schol­ar­ship girls. She’s 19 now and is start­ing her nal year of high school this year. There are a few girls in her school who are also on schol­ar­ships; they’ve formed a nice lit­tle group. Visit one­girl.org.au or email info@one­girl.org.au

Ka­diatu Ban­gura from Sierra Leone, who can go to school thanks to One Girl

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