Chantelle Baxter

- September 5, 2012 2 MIN READ

Chantelle is the co-founder of a non-profit orgasniation called One Girl. One Girl makes sure women and girls in Sierra Leone, West Africa get an education – when a girl is educated she is more likely to earn a better income, she will stay in school and make more independent decisions – such as marrying and having children later in life, – and if she receives an education her children are more likely to receive one too – taking whole families out of poverty. 

“Additionally, we also have a great social business called Launch Pad, which supplies women and girls with sanitary pads. Currently women are using items we wouldn’t ever consider to manage a period such as newspaper, kitchen sponges, even tree bark, as they don’t have access to the same products that we take for granted. Having access to sanitary pads is really important because when girls are menstruating they tend to miss up to one week of school every month to manage their period, which means their grades drop and they fall behind in class. The girls and women we work with are at the heart of everything that we do”.

“We use stories to share the impact of our work, and we ensure ALL of our women and girls are presented with dignity and respect. We ensure they are smiling and empowered in all their photos. We don’t use guilt to sell our cause, we inspire people. We’re creating a movement this year called “Do It In A Dress” – the ask is simple. You wear a school dress so a girl in Africa can wear one too.” Last year, 77 people from 6 different countries wore a school dress – and in just 30 days we raised over $43,000. This year, we’re going bigger. Much bigger. More than 1000 people from all over the world will wear a school dress in October, and together we’re going to change the future for thousands of girls across Africa”.

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