Here at Hstl&Hrt, we’ve been interested in how we can do more to give back to the world, especially as we’re so lucky to come from the privileged backgrounds we do. Not everyone has the advantage of being able to have access to the Internet at a high level, or at the more basic level (which we take advantage of), lessons in reading and writing.
We wanted to do something about this, in the fields of entrepreneurship, coaching and empowerment that we specialise in. The way we saw it, there are two ways to tackle this, that speak to the values of our company:
One of the most effective ways to tackle this is to invest in education, especially of girls. With 58 million primary school-age children (75 percent of them live in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia) not in school, that’s 1-in-5 eligible girls worldwide who aren’t going to primary school.
By sending more girls to school, it’s been shown to impact generations statistically, with girls engaging significantly less in crime or becoming victims of trafficking. Girls and women who are educated are also shown to marry later and have fewer children, putting themselves at less risk from the side effects of labour.
Giving and teaching women the skills they need to earn their own money has a huge effect on the whole family and the wider community. 70% of the world’s poorest people are women and only 1% have titled land, according to a U.N report.
Women also don’t have the same access to education and training that men do, as a lot of women and girls are required to stay at home/drop out of school at a young age to help look after the family. On a wider scale, the majority of women earn about 3/4 of the pay that men do, for doing the same job.
It’s been shown through research that when the household income is owned by the woman, they’re more likely to spend it on things to help the family and community, such as housing, food and medicine. 80 cents per dollar a woman earns is spent on her family, whilst men invest around 30 cents and the rest will be spent on alcohol and other vices.
But in order to get access to better jobs and opportunities, women need better education and skilled training. This is why The & Foundation was born. We intend to partner with key charities who build schools across the world, to work with them in two ways:
- Build more schools to provide access to learning for girls
- Use existing schools and create night-time/weekend educations centres to teach women key business and vocational training to provide the access to economy they need to empower themselves.
Our focus will be on APAC and Africa to begin with, partnering with charities on the ground who are already on the ground with key knowledge, protocols and cultural knowledge.
Through fund-raising events, a merch line, volunteer programmes and our founder doing redic things like Tough Mudder (more on this one later in a blog!) to raise money, we aim to build one school this year and create three education centres.
If you want to get in touch with us more on this, to volunteer or partner with us email email@example.com!