Posted on November 11, 2012 at 8:58 am
Join us for POW’s Bustin’ Out!. It’s the first event hosted by PED’s program Pangea’s Opportunities for Women so that you can find out what we’re up to in Uganda and Chicago and how you can get involved—all while having some drinks and a good time! Please spread the word and bring a new or gently-used bra (all sizes and varieties are desired). Volunteers will bring the bras to Uganda this summer so that the Tooro girls can be fitted and the bras dispersed to those who need them. Your donation will provide comfort to the girls who work hard at school and play hard on the netball and soccer fields.
POW’s Bustin’ Out!
Where??? Easy Bar (1944 W. Division in Wicker Park, Chicago)
When??? Saturday November 17th from 7 pm to 10 pm
*No entrance free—just bring a new or used bra!
*Enjoy free appetizers, desserts, and a cash bar!
Pangea’s Opportunities for Women is a PED program born out of conversations between PED volunteers and the young ladies of Tooro Secondary School during the summer of 2011. We spoke of our dreams of being teachers, doctors, engineers, lawyers, and architects. We spoke of what we’ll do after—how we’ll change the world. Most of the Tooro girls said how they were committed to returning to their villages as professionals to help their families and communities improve. But they also spoke of the challenges facing young Ugandan women pursuing higher education: lack of opportunity to earn tuition money while at school, limited financial assistance, responsibilities placed on them by family, forced marriage in exchange for dowry, early pregnancy, and health issues.
This past summer the conversation continued. We talked girl talk, but that quickly turned into a conversation about how the Tooro girls don’t have time for boyfriends; they dedicate their days and nights to studying and spend their free time studying some more, worshipping, cleaning, dancing, and playing sports. The girls also spoke about how they don’t have bras. Ruth exclaimed, “I have been wearing this same bra for 4 years!”. These girls would give you the shirts off their backs if you needed one, so let’s show them our love by cleaning out our drawers or asking friends for bras!
See you at the party!