When it comes to underwear, it doesn’t matter whether you’re rocking the Bridget Jones look or opting for something a little more ‘Victoria Secret-esque’, we see them as a basic necessity. Having stumbled upon the charity Smalls for All, it became apparent how much we take for granted, including simple things like underwear. This, along with being inspired by International Women’s Day (8th March), is why we wanted to help in aiding some of the wonderful women and girls in this world that don’t have access to these simple necessities.
Smalls for All is a Scottish charity that was launched in 2009 and helps poverty-stricken women and children by distributing underwear in Africa. In Africa, most women and children cannot afford underwear and this causes all kinds of health issues as well as a sense of vulnerability. The charity is focused on helping those living in slums, orphanages and IDP camps, as well as those suffering from medical conditions like obstetric fistula. As of the 20th of March, Smalls for All have collected an incredible 410,487 items of underwear which are gradually being distributed in countries such as Zambia, Malawi, Kenya, South Africa, Uganda and Sierra Leone.
In a bid to help, we decided to send and donate a box of new pants (some of which had sadly never seen the light of day) and barely worn bras. We designed some leaflets and distributed them to the 32 neighbouring businesses in our building to boost our donation. On March 27th, the WonderGirls waved goodbye to a huge box of assorted bras and knickers (some bigger than others) feeling humbled and thinking about our next charity endeavour…