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Every week we post an item that we’re in love with in our sidebar. This item is not only cute, but it raises money for an awesome cause! This week, we’re all about She’s the First bracelets and you should be, too.
She’s the First is a not-for-profit that sponsors girls’ education in the developing world. They encourage people, especially Millennials, to creatively fundraise for girls’ sponsorships with their online and offline social networks. Most of the girls that are sponsored will be the first in their families to graduate.
Tammy Tibbetts, the Founder and President of the organization, was only 23 years old when she came up with the idea for the organization. Since November 2009, when She’s the First officially launched, she has developed a team of many other passionate young people who have made this organization thrive. And who knows, the next one could be YOU.
So why girls?
There are many equally deserving young men around the world in need of an education, but She’s the First has chosen to focus their efforts on girls because statistically, they face greater disadvantages. Here are some statistics from the She’s the First website.
- One in four girls in the developing world is not in school.
- Out of the 130 million youth who are out of school in the world, 70% of girls.
- Less than two cents of every development dollar goes to girls.
- Educating girls and enabling their participation in the workforce increases a country’s GDP.
- An extra year of primary school increases girls’ wages by 10% to 20%.
- An extra year of secondary school aids 15% to 25%.
- Girls who stay in school for seven or more years marry four years later and have two fewer children than girls who drop out.
- Uneducated girls who are married off quickly get pregnant and suffer complications and death from pregnancy, since 1 in 7 of those girls is under the age of 15.
- The leading cause of death for girls 15 to 19 worldwide is pregnancy.
It’s clear why educating girls makes a huge difference in the world. So what can you do to help? If you’re still in school yourself, think about starting a campus chapter. If you’re out of school and still wish to donate to the cause, that is just as wonderful. There are so many options when it comes to sponsoring, and some girls can be educated for as little as $100 a year.
If you’re interested in purchasing a bracelet or an adorable specially-designed Flip Cam by artists Lenka and MoZella who played at GIRLS WHO ROCK 2010, click on the image! The funds raised from these items have already raised thousands of dollars for the cause and we should keep that going strong.
♥AUTHOR: LOVE TWENTY TEAM