Viral web-star, Lilly Singh is trying to help girls in Africa go to school…
“One of the responsibilities of daughters [in Kenya] is to fetch water. So this can take the whole day — it can take many hours. That’s why girls don’t go to school. That boggles my mind,” said Lilly Singh in her YouTube video about her recent trip to Kenya. She did not go to Africa for vacation, rather, she went in order to help women support themselves so that their children can go to school and get an education. Along the way, Singh admitted to going through a bit of a culture shock and realizing just how well she has it in her home country of Canada and her current home in the U.S.
“A girl can’t go to school because she has to fetch water,” She continued. “Coming from where I’m from where it’s like: ‘Let me turn on the tap …’, like, this is no part of my day. Why would I even consider this taking up any of my time?” Singh went on to say that now there was a well at the school, funded by WE charity, so that the girls could fulfill their responsibilities, while also getting the education they want and deserve.
Recently, Lilly Singh launched an internet movement called “Girl Love”. This idea implemented a web-show on her main channel that is meant to spread some positivity (some episodes may be mature due to language). It also spawned a twitter hashtag. The hope behind it was to bring an end to girl-on-girl hate, but she also is using this movement to help fund and take care of problems that girls face internationally and in real life — not just on the internet.
How exactly has Lilly Singh been able to do this?
With the help and partnership of WE charity, Lilly Singh designed a kind of bracelet called a Rafaki. The making of the brackets requires many workers and as a result, employs 14,000 women. “That income lets them buy new clothes. It lets their kids go to school, which, otherwise they wouldn’t have done,” Singh explained. “Prior to the income they got from these bracelets, only their sons went go to school.”
Along with this, Lilly Singh spoke of her own privilege and welfare explaining that she was used to always wanting more. The hospitality of the people in Kenya struck a cord with Singh. Though they didn’t have much at all, maybe just a dimly-lit family room, they were happy and making the most out of their lives.