Shocked That Millions of Girls Can't Get an Education, This Girl Decided to Send Her Love
Back when she was in second grade, Lily Miller volunteered at a craft fair to help raise money to build a playground where all kids could play, including children with vision, hearing or mobility impairments and others with special needs.
She and her mom, Terry, had given great thought to what they would contribute to the fair, and after some research online, they decided to make stuffed lovebirds.
Their plump little creations proved so popular that Lily, now 9 years old, wondered whether she could do more with them.
She and Terry read “I Am Malala,” by Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teen who was shot by the Taliban for speaking out about education rights for girls. Lily found her answer.
She says she was surprised that some girls “cannot learn to read or do math because they are not allowed to go to school.”
The Miller set up a production line in their Missoula, Montana, home. Lily traced and cut the template and she and her younger sister, Maizy, stuffed the birds. Terry then stitched everything together, with the entire process taking about 45 minutes.
So far, they’ve made and sold about 500 of the birds – available at www.lilyslovebirds.com – raising $4,000. They donate the money primarily to Conscious Connections Foundation, a nonprofit based in Spokane, Washington. The organization’s program Power of 5 is devoted to helping girls in Nepal gain access to education.
“It’s important for girls to go to school because when we teach girls about the world, they will teach their kids and the world will become a peaceful place,” says Lily. The organization says that a donation of just $5 can send a Nepalese girl to school for one month.