Something I am sadly missing this year as I am no longer in the UK is the Africa Blossoms Girls Night In, an event being held at Warren House, Kingston Upon Thames on the 15th September. ‘Girls Night In‘ is an evening of fun and fashion; an opportunity to preview the latest Autumn fashions from designers such as Erdem, Isabel Marant, Proenza Schouler and Victoria Beckham, buy mix-and-match jewellery to suit every occasion and even have a go at beating out a rhythm on an African drum. Trinny Woodhall is guest speaker at the event (those in the UK will understand me when I say mind that she doesn’t grab your boobs!) and Club Esher, a womenswear boutique in Surrey, UK, will be showcasing their collection.
The fashion show is being held to raise much needed funds to improve the lives of girls attending schools in Kenya and Uganda that are supported by the charity Build Africa‘s ‘Africa Blossoms‘ campaign. Build Africa is dedicated to providing access to education for Kenyan and Ugandan children and to overcoming the gender gap that currently exists. The Africa Blossoms campaign aims to raise the funds to enable the charity to address this inequality: girls tend to drop out of school early, often forced to leave school due to reasons such as cultural beliefs regarding early marriage and the need for girls to provide for their families.
I spoke with Julie, trustee of Build Africa, about the project:
“I have been a trustee of Build Africa for two years now, and think it’s a really worthwhile investment of my time. The impact Build Africa has in rural communities in Uganda and Kenya is clear, primary education is of better quality and more boys and girls attend school, stay in school for the whole of primary, and leave with better grades. The programme to encourage small businesses and entrepreneurs is thriving with village savings and loans schemes enabling individuals to borrow small amounts of money where there is no access to banks. Families able to generate an income are more likely to let their children stay at school, rather than needing them to work.
One area Build Africa focusses on is the equal right of girls to education. Africa Blossoms provides the funding to ensure girls do not miss school for one week every month by ensuring good sanitary facilities are available at school. A year’s supply of sanitary towels only costs £5. It might seem an odd thing to raise money for, yet without the supply of sanitary towels and well-designed facilities, girls will always lag behind boys in their opportunities for the future.”
You can read more about the event here. Tickets cost just £35 and there will also be canapes and a glass of bubbly, but above all you will be supporting a very worthwhile cause.
Thank you for reading… StyleOnTheCouch xo
Many thanks for Build Africa for the images included in this post.