Recycle bras for Africa
Here at Your Smalls Appeal, we seek to advance the health of young girls and women in developing countries. A key component of the work we do is providing them with new and recycled bras that are essential to the healthy development of young girls as they grow into womanhood.
We started our charity, collecting bras for Africa back in 2016. Our story began in the Gambia, where we have strong links to the Wullingkumma Nursery School and Lower Basic and medical centre. We send over lightly worn old bras and new bras donated by members of the public just like you. Ever since that first shipment in 2016, those donations to our bra charity have given comfort and support to thousands of girls and women, making them feel Bratastic!
Of course, when we recycle bras for Africa, it is just a part of the work we do. In 2017, we connected with a charity in Mombasa, Kenya to provide starter bras and menstruation kits to young school girls in the area. Our goal is to ensure that every girl gets the right underwear for health development, a menstruation kit to avoid period poverty and, wherever possible, an education that will open up the number of opportunities available to them.
How You Can Help
If you’ve ever asked “is there a charity that takes old bras?”, then you’ve come to the right place. The Your Smalls Appeal is glad to receive any donations of new and old bras, however large or small. These are just a few of the items you can send that will really make a difference to young girls and women across Africa.
Sending us new bras is a fantastic way to make a difference. We need bras of every size to accommodate the different body shapes and needs of the girls and women we support in Africa. Whether you’re an individual buying a few new sets, or a company donating in bulk, we can assure you they will be put to good use.
Lightly used bras are just as useful to us as new ones. Bras that are still in good condition can be shipped over to Africa as they are, where they will be much appreciated.
If your old bras are worn, frayed, damaged, or otherwise unusable, we may be able to sell them to a local fabric recycling company for a small amount which we put back into the charity to pay for menstruation kits, shipping costs, and supporting the education of children in Africa.
Bra Collection Points
What’s better than a donated bra? Well, for a bra charity like us, the answer is simple: dozens of donated bras! If you are in a position to do so, we would love you to set up a bra collection point in your workplace, church, sports centre, or other location. The more bras we can collect, the more help we can give.
We are proud of the work we do here at Your Smalls Appeal, but we can only do with your continued support. You can send your new and used bras direct to the appeal at Your Smalls Appeal, LCB Depot, 31 Rutland St, Leicester, LE1 1RE. Please ensure that any used bras have been laundered so that we are able to use them. Unfortunately, any dirty donations will be unusable and will need to be disposed of.
If you have any queries about the work we do and how else you can help, drop the team an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.