OUR STORY STARTS WITH ONE GIRL.
Her name is Brenda.
An extraordinary, brave girl who refused to accept the hand she’d been dealt. Brenda had lost both her parents and was living in a tiny shack with her grandmother.
There was no money for ‘luxuries’ like school. They needed every cent just to cover their basic necessities.
Without an education, Brenda could see exactly where her life was headed. She’d seen girls like herself sold into marriage; or forced to sell themselves to men just to scrape together a living. She was determined that wouldn’t happened to her.
So Brenda decided to take matters into her own hands.
She had a letter from her principal that said she needed $40 for her school fees. $40? That’s the cost of a couple of movie tickets! But on the streets of Uganda? It was an impossibility. A crazy, hopeless idea destined to fail. For two days she was spat on, kicked, abused. Shoved out of the way. Nobody cared. Nobody wanted to help. Why would they? She was just one of literally hundreds of thousands of girls in exactly the same position.
But sometimes the impossible suddenly becomes possible.
Our co-founders – Chantelle Baxter and David Dixon, had just arrived in Uganda. Sick of hearing about the injustice suffered by women and girls, they wanted to do something about it. They just weren’t sure what. So they’d come to one of the worst places in the world to be born a girl, to find out. And there they met Brenda – and discovered exactly what they had to do. That chance meeting was the spark that ignited a movement. They came back to Australia and founded One Girl – a non profit organisation on a mission to educate girls just like Brenda.
Since then, One Girl has grown into an incredible community of passionate doers and dreamers. Thousands of our inspiring community have made our work possible through participating in Do It In A Dress, becoming Ambassadors for girls’ education, donating, volunteering, and spreading the world.GET INVOLVED
We’ve rebuilt school classrooms and toilets, empowered thousands of girls and young women with training on entrepreneurship and life skills, supported 425 girls with education scholarships, and educated thousands of women and girls on menstrual health and hygiene, as well as WASH. We’ve now reached over 29,462 women and girls in Sierra Leone and Uganda.
BUT WE’RE NOT NEARLY DONE YET.
We’re on a mission to educate 1 million girls – and we want you to join us.