Could we talk about something a little personal today please? Underwear. Would you be surprised if I told you that to some women underwear is a luxury, that it's beyond their reach to own even basic items like a pair of panties? Of course you would! Quite rightly too. Can there be anything more basic, more essential for a girl to own than her underwear?
lovely Leah, I found out about a wonderful charity called Smalls For All which collects underwear for girls and women who desperately need them. If you were to go look in your underwear drawer right now, would you find a couple of bras that you don't wear anymore, maybe one or two that you bought because you liked the colour or design and got bored with very quickly?
Imagine the joy of a girl who doesn't own any underwear being given her first bra? In some parts of Africa underwear is seen as a status symbol. Something only the wealthy are lucky enough to own. Can you imagine a world where young girls, if they are lucky enough to attend school, will regularly be absent for several days each month simply because they don't own pants?
Of course hygiene isn't the only concern for these girls. Not owning underwear can of course leave women vulnerable to disease but can also lead to abuse, since women who own underwear are seen as having the protection of a husband or father.
Smalls For All was founded by a very sweet lady called Maria Macnamara who became aware of this problem and set out to do something about it. She collects any donated bras and will either pass them on to ladies who can use them or arrange for them to be recycled. Even bras which have seen their best days can still be useful because they can be recycled, with the proceeds used to pay for girls to attend school.
Imagine the difference that bra you're never going to wear sitting in your undies drawer could make honeys? Imagine the joy of a woman receiving it? Smalls For All will also accept pairs of pants, which should of course be unworn and new. Most needed are panties in girls sizes age 3-15 yrs and ladies UK size 8-16.
This week when I do my usual shop, I'll be adding a couple of packs of panties to my trolley. They'll then be safely packed with the bras I've already looked out and I'll be posting them to Smalls for all here: