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Prevost girls helping girls around the globe

Ecole Mount Prevost elementary students, Esme Iverson, Emily Kilback, and Haylee Waddell were super excited about using their donation money to purchase items for girls in need as part of the Because I’m a Girl global charity. - Ashley Degraaf
Ecole Mount Prevost elementary students, Esme Iverson, Emily Kilback, and Haylee Waddell were super excited about using their donation money to purchase items for girls in need as part of the Because I’m a Girl global charity.
— image credit: Ashley Degraaf

If someone overheard the buzz from the three Ecole Prevost Elementary students flipping through a catalog, they'd likely think it was full of the newest, coolest toys.

Not quite.

In fact, what was getting Haylee Waddell, Esme Iverson, and Emily Kilback so excited was the Because I am a Girl charity's latest magazine showcasing different items you can purchase for girl's in need, including bug nets and fruit trees.

The girls took it upon themselves to raise money for the global initiative. They raised $215.72 and carefully chose items to donate including clean water, fruit tree, bed nets, a birth certificate, new born checkup, and baby chicks.

"I'm so impressed at what these kids have done," said Esme's mom Valerie Payne. "It was amazing to see them pitch in and do some good. They learned lots of math, perseverance, co-operation and the ability to explain themselves and ask politely for donations, as well as how to work together to achieve a goal."

The girls started gathering bottles from family members as well neighbours in January to cash in towards their donation goal, which started at  $130.

They also offered their services to do chores for donations, or sort through unwanted toys and clothes to consign at second-hand shops.

"I got this is the mail and I thought it was a good idea and my dad said to ask my friends if they wanted to help," explained seven-turning eight-year-old Esme, holding on to the Because I'm a Girl magazine.

Their parents couldn't be any more proud.

"It really taught them about compassion and caring," said Hayley's mom Janice Maxwell.

Because I am a Girl is a global initiative to end gender inequality, promote girls’ rights and lift millions of girls – and everyone around them – out of poverty.

It was founded in 1937 by Plan International, one of the largest international charities in the world. Plan has supported girls and boys in the developing world for more than 75 years through collaboration with children, their families, and their communities.

Girls in the poorest regions of the world are among the most disadvantaged people on the planet.

In Canada, the Because I am a Girl movement is about harnessing the incredible power that girls and women have here at home, to change the future.

By investing in girls, we can support a generation of empowered women, mothers, workers and leaders who will improve the lives of everyone around them.

And the Cowicihan trio is already planning their next donation drive.

It looks like next time they'll be raising money, maybe through bake sales on top of their bottle drive, for animals.

Maybe tigers, they agreed.

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