For women in the third world a bra is often unobtainable or unaffordable. Project Uplift! collects new and second hand bras and sends them wherever we have requests. Indigenous women in isolated communities have no access to bras and when they come into communities they are quick to disappear.
Meaghan Threlfo, for Project Uplift says:
“On the strength of an in principle understanding with a company, bras have been collected in WA with the intention of supplying isolated indigenous communities. ( 5,000 bras have been posted in to Canteen Creek in NT, and been well received around the region. It seemed worth broadening out.)
The company has become uncommunicative, leaving me holding about 2,500 bras, new and second hand, with no way of distributing them. And I have more and more bras coming in every week!
We are looking to make contact – urgently – with indigenous women’s groups who might be interested in distributing this stock.
Uplift doesn’t mind if community organsiations sell the bras at markets etc as a fundraiser. Women really prefer to pay for the bra, much better than receiving charity, and community organisations can always find good use for a bit of cash. It also makes for less power imbalance between those distributing and those receiving.
Uplift also doesnt mind if bras are given out free of charge, or used as “bribery” for delivery of other health messages.
ANY leads would be much appreciated. Unfortunately there’s volunteer goodwill being burned at present!
You can email Meaghan at:
Mobile: 0405 123 579
Can you help?