Stay in School

Actively advocating the urgent need for education and a girls right to it early in life, I have established a partnership with the Jane Goodall Institute, to which I proposed giving underwear to every girl in Uganda. It is impossible to wear a sanitary pad without underwear, and girls with neither miss up to a week of school per month, contributing to their dropping out altogether. Championing the potential of girls, I have collected, then hand delivered, 14,375 pairs of underwear to Entebbe — thus far — encouraging 2,875 girls to continue studying. The impact of this effort has been nothing short of extraordinary, with primary school enrollment for girls now exceeding enrollment for boys in communities served. The Jane Goodall Institute Uganda considers this their most important project. In addition to changing the trajectory of lives through education, we are directly affecting population growth, the environment, the amount of remaining forest and the chimps.

If you would like to participate, you are welcome to provide underwear (email Anna Boyiazis for more information) or make an online tax-deductible contribution. Stay in School is a sponsored project of the New York Foundation for the Arts.