Kadiatu’s story

Educating girls goes way beyond the classroom! Do It In A Dress is all about raising money to educate girls in Africa, but that doesn’t just stop once you get a girl into the classroom. It turns out that arriving in the classroom is just the first step in a girl’s education. Once she’s there, there are some critical factors that massively impact her ability to thrive and one of the most significant is toilets. That’s right - toilets. We’ve discovered that poor or non-existent toilet facilities and hygiene practices is one of the most significant obstacles girls face as they strive to...

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Henrietta’s Story

Henrietta was just 11 years old when both her parents disappeared, leaving her with a tiny seven-month old sister to care for. She doesn’t really know what happened to them beyond what her granny told her: that her father died and her mother just disappeared. Living with the loss of her family made things incredibly difficult for Henrietta. And that hardship was made worse when she was forced to drop out of school. “I’d just go and help granny in the garden where she was growing cassava and potato leaves. I didn’t like it. I wanted an education, not to be a...

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Mariatu’s Story

Mariatu always wanted to be a lawyer. But when she was just 12 years old, her mother died and her father moved away. Without her parents, Mariatu couldn’t afford her school fees and was forced to leave school and live with her sister in a small rented room. Feeling helpless and without hope of returning to school, Mariatu’s dreams slipped away. “I didn’t go to school for four years and I felt very bad. When I’d see girls my age in their school uniforms leaving their homes in the morning, I used to sit down and cry.” Mariatu knew that without an...

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