Uplift project proves sharing IS caring!

Uplift project proves sharing IS caring!

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.

This might seem strange to us westerners as the idea of sharing underwear is not really entertained even amongst friends, but underwear is generally thrown away before it falls apart and still very much usable to those not offended by fraying edges or faded patterns. Why add to already overfilled landfills unnecessarily, when donating your used bras to women in impoverished countries helps to create business opportunities for victims of sex trafficking or women who need to raise money to feed their families or fund education.

According to Lee, generally, the most useful bras are the practical, everyday kind: not to lacy, frilly and strapped in sizes from 32 to 36 and the average cup size is A and B, though oversized and maternity cups are useful for African countries.

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.

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