I have four amazing children, my husband and own our home (along with the bank), I own my own car and I do not fight to clothe my kids and put food on the table. I am lucky. Billions of parents around the world are not so fortunate; this post is for them and their children.
While I was researching new charitable organisations to feature on the blog, I came across One Girl , once again I was struck by how so many children in the world have to fight for what we, in western society, consider to be a right; Education. When our children turn 5, we look for the right school to fit the needs of our child, we spend an atrocious amount of money on uniforms and school supplies and we walk them through the front gates of those seemingly huge grounds, holding their tiny hands in ours and their enormous futures in our hearts.
The parents of girls in Sierra Leone can't claim this right. It's a harsh reality to face, trying to raise strong, empowered, young women in a world where 44% of girls are forced into marriage by the age of 18, or where 28% of girls will be pregnant between the ages of 15 to 19 or have already given birth by then. I have four daughters; these odds make my heart scream. No child, anywhere in the world should have to face that kind of future. Thankfully, Chantelle Baxter and David Dixon agree.
After a leadership trip to Africa exposed them to these harsh realities, Chantelle and David realised that for these girls, an education is the key to changing the lives of these children and their families. They founded onegirl.org and embarked on the inspiring mission to educate 1 Million girls across Africa. All it takes is $40, one girl at a time, a little hard work and innovation.
My birthday is in September. I don't need another pair of earings, a new dress or even a night on the town (though I will admit, those things would be lovely), I have enough pairs of shoes and I need very little these days to make me happy.
I'll be 38 years old this year and I can't even remember what I got for my birthday last year so this year I'm pledging my birthday to the girls of Sierra Leone, Uganda and One Girl. In honor of my 38 years on this earth, I've made my goal $380 but with your help, I hope to smash that goal. If you'd like to make a donation to be birthday pledge, head over to my 'One Girl Profile' and see what you can do to make a difference in a young girls life.
What do you want for your birthday this year?