Want to help girls Stay in School? My friends at the Jane Goodall Institute have requested we do it again!
In partnership with the Jane Goodall Institute, I've collected, then hand delivered, 14,375 pairs of underwear to Entebbe, Uganda. Contributed by generous family and friends, this underwear has been distributed to preteen and teenage girls, encouraging them 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 that have received underwear. The Jane Goodall Institute Uganda considers this their most important project. In addition to changing the trajectory of lives through education, we're directly affecting population growth, the environment, the amount of remaining forest and the chimps.
If you'd like to participate, you're welcome to provide underwear (email for more information) or make a tax-deductible donation. If you'd like me to purchase the underwear, I'm happy to do so. If you'd like to purchase them, you're welcome to select whichever style you fancy. We're currently requesting cotton underwear in the following sizes: Girls' Size 12, 14 and 16. Nothing bigger. Nothing smaller. The underwear will be distributed to preteens and teens. Keep it modest. Anything hoochie mama will not fly.
Why underwear? It's impossible to wear a sanitary pad without it, and girls with neither miss up to a week of school per month, contributing to their dropping out altogether.
Stay in School is a sponsored project of the New York Foundation for the Arts.