Our underwear goes a long way
Smalls for All is a Scottish Charity which collects and distributes underwear to women and children in Africa. We help those living in orphanages, slums, Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps and schools, as well as providing underwear to hospitals to help those suffering from medical conditions like obstetric fistula.
While people living in Western Society tend to have easy access to underwear and take it for granted, in many more remote or poorer parts of Africa, that is far from the case. Underwear is a luxury that many people just cannot afford or it isn’t easily available.
Giving pants and bras may seem like a small thing, but it can make a life-changing difference, for example having pants can help teenage girls complete their education without having to miss school each month during their period.
While our focus is very much on underwear, through ongoing discussions with partners and distributors and an increased knowledge of the challenges they are facing, we have also established an education programme which supports some of the poorest children in countries where we have a presence, to access education.
Maria Macnamara, Founder and CEO who was awarded the ‘Point of Light Award’ for her work with Smalls in 2015 and honoured with an MBE in 2016 says
“We accept donations of new pants and new and gently worn bras. These are distributed to women and children in greatest need. Our supporter base has grown substantially over the past few years – we now have over 90,000 followers – and together we are helping more and more people through our underwear donations. We are also keen to hear from anybody who can help support our work financially, enabling us to help even more people in the future.”