Y'all are familiar with Malala Yousafzai, no? She's a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest ever Nobel Prize laureate. She has lived through so much in her 18 years, and she's a truly remarkable role model to so many (myself included!) When my friend Turi asked if I'd be willing to share some information about Schoola's mission to raise $100,000 for the Malala Fund, the answer was obvious. I've talked about Schoola a handful of times here on the blog (We're big fans! Here's another post, too!), but this might be the most inspiring partnership yet. Schoola has partnered with Gymboree in an effort to raise money for Malala's non-profit organization, and they're doing it in a really cool way. While most clothes listed for sale on Schoola's site are secondhand and donated by customers, Gymboree donated 10,000 brand new items for Schoola to sell for the benefit of the Malala Fund. Not only that, but Schoola will also send 5,000 students to see the film He Named Me Malala through the Students Stand #withMalala program. Y'all, this is awesome stuff!
The clothing donated by Gymboree spans sizes 4-12 and can be purchased for 40-60% off retail. Not only are you buying quality (brand new!) clothing at a fraction of the cost, but the funds are funneled right back into education programs for girls around the world. 66 million girls don't have the privilege of an education. That's unreal! Schoola's CEO Stacey Boyd wrote a really wonderful post about what this partnership means for her and her company. I totally recommend you all read it. I'm all about female empowerment and women making their own way in the world. THIS is exactly that! This is so moving and powerful and awesome. I can't think of a better brand to help bring awareness to the lack of accessible education than Schoola. A match made in heaven!
Toby got to try out a cute little Gymboree ensemble thanks to Schoola, so here's a whole post of his silly little face. The whole Gymboree selection is currently on sale so please consider scooping up a piece or two if the clothing or mission speaks to you! I may not be building schools with my own two hands, but knowing I'm contributing to a worthy cause makes me feel really good. If you're not really up to go shopping yourself, consider requesting a Schoola bag and donating some gently used clothing from your closet! School accepts clothing for kids and women, so your hand me downs can do some good! We've donated a couple bags of our own already, and hearing about their partnership with the Malala Fund makes me want to go do another thorough sweep. I'm really pumped to see what Schoola is able to do, and I can't wait to follow more of Malala's incredible journey.