IWD // One Girl Can

 

We can’t believe it’s March already - but we’re thrilled, because every March we celebrate International Women’s Day all month long!

This year, again, we’re honoured to be among a group of like minded brands contributing to One Girl Can’s current goal of building a dormitory for Ushirika School in Nairobi.  Woodlot customers are invited to donate 15% of any Skincare purchase to the cause! Stock up on your favourite facial care rituals this month and we’ll take 15% of what you spend and forward it on to One Girl Can on your behalf.

Who is One Girl Can?

One Girl Can is breaking the cycle of poverty and impacting gender equality through education and mentorship.  Using a holistic model that empowers a girl from the time she leaves primary school until the day she gains meaningful employment, the organization is built upon three pillars...


"We Build. We Educate. We Mentor."


Why Ushirika?

In 2008, One Girl Can built a new classroom block of six classrooms at a school called Ushirika in the Kibera slum, in Nairobi.  At roughly the size of Central Park, and with over a million residents, Kibera is one of the largest urban informal settlements in Africa, but receives limited support for water, electricity, sanitation, garbage pickup, health care, or education.

Due to the collapse of a school in another slum in Nairobi in September of 2019, which had killed 11 children, the government immediately began closing down schools in the three Nairobi slums where safe building standards have not been complied with.

In response, OGC decided to direct resources to completely rebuild Ushirika School to provide an improved space for learning.  With the help of various brands, organizations, and individuals contributing to the cause in 2020, this project was completed in February of this year, and the school now consists of a 3-storey primary and secondary school.


An Ongoing Mission

A safe place to live is just as important to learning as the school itself.  This year, your donations will go towards building a dormitory for students of the same school, providing these girls with a safe place to live and study.

As a company that creates products focused on comfort, self care, and luxury, this particular project is especially close to our hearts.  A safe living space should be the norm for everyone, but for so many, their normal is a reality we can’t even begin to imagine.

 


Next Steps

Donate multiple times by purchasing from one of the other participating brands
(see all here) and be sure to keep an eye out for Jiyubox! The limited edition box they’ve curated includes a Woodlot Original Candle!

We hope you will also donate your time by visiting One Girl Can’s website, and by following them on social media and staying up to date on what they’re up to and how you can continue to make contributions and support their mission.

Website onegirlcan.com
Instagram @onegirlcansociety
Twitter @onegirlcan


Thanks for joining us in being a part of the change we hope to see in the world!


Woodlot xo

 

 

Images taken with model are by Sheena Zilinski (@sheenazilinski)