Using designer wedding dresses to empower young girls all over the world might, at first glance, seem like an unusual marriage.
But our new Giving Tuesday partner Brides do Good is doing just that, and using our global day of giving to thank its supporters and help raise £20,000 to continue their vital work.
The charity raises funds to support international programmes which promote a safe education for young girls and protect against early marriage.
The organisation does this by selling pre-loved designer wedding dresses at a discount and using up to two-thirds of the proceeds to fund their international charity projects aimed at supporting vulnerable girls.
Speaking about their decision to join as a partner, Head of Business Development Jen Palmer said: “Giving Tuesday is a great opportunity to not only celebrate all the women who have generously donated, sold or bought their wedding dresses with Brides do Good, but also to continue our life-changing work by expanding our community. We are a movement by women for girls, and the more people that know about us and how they can get involved – the more difference we can make together.”
Brides do Good works in conjunction with charity partners including Plan International and Too Young To Wed, and have funded projects in Egypt, Ethiopia and Nigeria to empower, educate and support communities in eradicating early marriage.
Over the next three years, the charity will be working with Plan International to fund their Safe Schools for Refugees project in Ethiopia, protecting children in Gambella’s refugee camps and gettingthem back into education – and to support this work, they are aiming to raise £20,000 over the #GivingTuesday and Christmas period.
The funds can cover the costs for essential books and learning materials for almost 1,500 children, help provide new, clean sanitation facilities to two schools, or build a new classroom for these vulnerable children to learn and thrive.
Today, 12 million underage girls are forced into marriage every year, and over 130 million are not in school, so their mission to change this pattern is just beginning.
Along with their charity partners, they hope to help the United Nation’s goal of ending child marriage by 2030 while also promoting girls’ rights to provide opportunities for them to reach their full potential.
To donate your wedding dress visit https://bit.ly/2PLGqdD.