Brittany Merrill Underwood had planned on spending the summer in Europe, but instead found herself in a rural Ugandan village with no running water or electricity. At a time in her life when she could only think about herself, Brittany was inspired by a woman who sacrificed the little she had to care for others.
#GivingTuesday, which started as a domestic push to increase charitable donations and volunteering following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, has now gone international, with new countries signing on board for this year.
As International Day of the Girl Child approaches, I think of the obstacles that stand in the way of girls and their education. But I also imagine things the way they should be: with them attending university, speaking boldly and confidently, and being valued by all of us for the full spectrum of who they are.