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Suits of Armour - Maya Alexander

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A couple of summers ago, I was fortunate enough travel to Tanzania, Africa, where I witnessed, first hand, the struggles of the girls there. Many of these girls are lucky enough to go to school as part of the SAGE (Supporting Adolescent Girls Empowerment) program, but they are in need of uniforms. They are required by the government in order to attend school, however these uniforms are a lot of money for struggling families. To save money, these families pass the uniforms down and try to mend them by sewing extra fabric where the shirt gaps or where there are missing buttons.These uniforms are worn throughout most of the girl’s education which means that they become small and worn out. Last year, CARE was able to provide about 300 uniforms for the girls in the SAGE program. However, there are nearly 1,600 more girls in dire need of new shirts, skirts, shoes, and socks. For one whole uniform, it costs just $30. That is less than half of what we in the US might spend for one pair of shoes. Not only will $30 give a girl in Africa a uniform, it will provide jobs for the local women who sew the skirts and make the uniforms. Here, a uniform is just an outfit that you wear to school. But for these girls, their uniform gives them a suit of armour in their daily lives against prejudice, injustice and inequality.



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