You’d give away clothes and shoes, but would you give away underwear? The Uplift Project is asking women to do just that.
18 year old Nicola Lee was required to do 150 hours of community service for her A-Levels at Alice Smith School in Kuala Lumpur and decided she wanted to do something ‘meaningful and out-of-the-box’. Her Maths teacher had founded the Singapore branch of the project so inspired y the great work she was doing, Lee decided to get involved and collect bras for impoverished communities.
Since March 2014 Lee has run events in Malaysia to collect bras and since then the initiative has spread to New Zealand, Fiji and Singapore. So far, over 800 bras have been donated to countries like Nepal Cambodia and Laos.
“First, we collect bras from donations. Then we contact NGOs who need bras and we ask them what sizes they need. We would then send the bras via post or visit the village if there is someone who is willing to sponsor. Uplift Project only works with verified NGOs that have been approved by other Uplift coordinators from other countries,” Lee explained to themalaymailonline.com
Starting next year, Lee is planning to continue her studies abroad but she already has planned for someone to takeover her initiative in Malaysia and continue the legacy of empowering women through bra donation.
The project also encourages monetary donations which are then used to buy sanitary pads for underprivileged communities.
For more information about Uplift Malaysia, click here.