Malala Yousafzai’s life was threatened because she wanted everyone to have access to it. Nick Kristof has called it the “most cost-effective kind of aid work.” And right now, students all over the world are preheating their ovens to support it. I’m talking about education for girls in the developing world, and you can help bake a difference.
No, that’s not a typo -- you can literally help bake a difference. Sure, November might be all about the turkeys and the pumpkin spice lattes for some people, but for She’s The First, the only food that matters is the one that helps send girls to school. And since She's The First is committed to helping girls become the first in their families to graduate, the organization is doubling down on tie-dye cupcakes.
Um, how good do these cupcakes look?
This week marks the nonprofit organization’s second annual tie-dye cupcake bake-off. Last year, She’s The First raised over $22,000 and sent 48 girls to school in the developing world. Who knew baked goods could have such an impact?
If this story sounds familiar, you might have read about it in Seventeen Magazine. Notre Dame senior Lindsay Brown held her own tie-dye cupcake sale and helped sponsor three girls in Nepal. Months later she was named Seventeen’s Pretty Amazing contest winner and appeared on the cover of the magazine.
Why girls’ education, you ask? Only one in five girls in developing countries is able to finish primary school. That number drops to one in three when you look at the numbers of girls finishing secondary school.
If you don’t have time to bake or access to an oven, don’t worry. You can support the bake-off by buying a t-shirt. And really, what is cuter than a “Cupcakes are Muffins that Believed in Miracles” t-shirt? If you can’t afford a shirt, take a moment to tweet about the bake-off with the hashtag #STFcupcakes.
Ready, set, let's get this cupcake party started! Just save one for us, K? Thx!