Introducing ONE’s Educate Every Girl beaded bracelet:
130 million girls didn’t go to school today. They are denied an education for a variety of reasons, from cultural norms and costs, to violence and extremism. ONE has been campaigning hard to make sure every girl gets the education she deserves — and we’re so excited to team up with Camfed to launch an exclusive new bracelet that makes a powerful impact in this crisis.
Camfed is an organization dedicated to tackling poverty and inequality by supporting marginalized girls trying to go to school and succeed, and empowering young women to step up as leaders of change. Put simply, they work to get every girl the education she deserves because they believe that education is more than a right – they believe it is a matter of justice.
Since its founding in 1993, Camfed has extended support to more than 1.9 million children throughout Zimbabwe, Ghana, Malawi, Tanzania, and Zambia. When girls access to education, they have more opportunities to thrive — research shows that they will earn up to 25% more per year spent in secondary school, reinvest 90% of their earnings back in their family once they reach adulthood, and be three times less likely to contract HIV. These educated girls can grow up to be educated women, who are empowered to start businesses, employ others in their community, and be better able to put their children through school themselves. Camfed’s alumnae each on average support two more girls not in their immediate family to go to school. That is an incredible return on investment!
But don’t just take my word for it. Melody*, whose widowed mother struggled to support her school going costs, including basic items like sanitary pads, now is a hard-working student who dreams of becoming a journalist in her native Zambia. Camfed supports this ambition by providing school fees and providing her uniform, books, pads and other expenses. Because Camfed helps Melody access quality education, including a Teacher Mentor who looks after her welfare, she is that much closer to actualizing her dream.
“My future now is bright because I am able to go to school,” she says.“My future is just waiting for me so I can reach it, and find it.”
Another of Camfed’s beneficiaries is Mwamba, who graduated from their Leadership and Enterprise program. Through this program, she gained the skills and confidence to start her own business. Camfed further supported Mwamba’s goals with a small loan that helped her to open a salon and restaurant. These establishments employ other members of Mwamba’s community and enable her to help support her children’s and siblings’ education. By reinvesting this money, she is able to make critical strides in breaking the cycle of poverty in her own family. Mwamba’s restaurant is thriving, and so is her passion for her education: She plans to go back to school to pursue a degree in nursing. Looking towards the future, she says she wants to “give back by helping women in hospitals and the community at large, and educate the women on health matters.”
Camfed’s mission to support Melody, Mwamba, and millions of other girls deserving of an education is the perfect fit for our brand-new bracelet. A portion of the sales from each one supports these remarkable programs, which have the power to help transform lives and entire communities.
Moreover, we asked our friends at Relate to hand-make the bracelets for us because of the incredible work they do in South Africa. A non-profit social enterprise, Relate creates opportunities through an employment project that gives dignity and hope to those whose lives have been impacted by the socio-economic climate of South Africa. Since its founding, Relate has raised over $3.5 million US dollars for causes from health and conservation to education and women’s empowerment. So, from start to finish, these bright and beautiful bracelets make a positive impact in African communities.
Wear one — and maybe grab a few for your friends! These bracelets are a great way to show you believe all girls count, and that every girl deserves an education.
*Name has been changed to protect her identity