Get out your spade!
This is where it all kicks off. Where we break the soil of the path in front of us.
Maybe you’ve been following The Seed’s development since I published that first tweet on 22 June, or maybe you’re meeting us for the first time now. Either way, let’s start at the beginning.
I’m Georgina-Kate. (Georgie.)
I’m 25, and I live in a little seaside town on the south coast of England, where I work as a freelance journalist.
When I was 18, I went to volunteer at a children’s centre in Swaziland – the small, landlocked kingdom in Southern Africa, best known in the western press for its king with 13 wives.
There I met a bright, graceful, eight-year-old girl called Lelo, who stayed loyally by my side each day, eager to learn new words and colours.
We became close, and when I left I promised to send the money for her to start school. And I did.
Seven years, a lot of letters back-and-forth, and an annual supply of glowing report cards later, I returned to Swaziland this Easter to be reunited with my girl.
She had written to me a little earlier, asking if she could go to boarding school, as she was being bullied for being top of her class.
I took her to interview at some of the leading boarding schools in her country, and to our amazement, she was offered a place at one of the best. (Although unfortunately it wasn’t the one offering a bursary!)
What started as a need to raise money for this private challenge has grown into something a lot bigger.
For one, in trying to obtain a grant, I discovered a massive funding gap for promising children growing up in the developing world, and that even those charities that put educating Africa’s children at their core, are tied up in red tape, or else simply don’t have enough money to go round.
More than that though, I discovered that educating girls is now believed to be one of the most powerful ways to end cycles of poverty in the developing world – and that I’m not alone in pursuing this.
There is a global movement on the rise, to highlight the importance of girls’ education. And by educating a girl, you plant a seed to change the world.
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