Notre Dame cares with underwear for charity program

Change the world one pair at a time; that is with one pair of underwear at a time.

No. This not a joke, but the truth. When it comes to women’s hygiene, dignity and self-worth, underwear is no laughing matter. Students in your author’s grade 12 French course at Notre Dame believe this and wanted to make a difference in the lives of women in developing nations.

Students in grade 12 French at Notre Dame teamed up with We Care Underwear, to collect over 150 pairs of underwear for women in Haiti and Zimbabwe.

Students had been reading the novel Les Trésors d’Haiti and learning about the challenging aftermath of the 2010 earthquake that devastated lives in Haiti, when they decided they wanted to make a difference.

Sadly, some families in Haiti are still living in tent cities three years after the earthquake.

“I can’t imagine being a woman in that situation,” said grade 12 student Samantha Pollock.

That was when Maggie Hayes and her local foundation We Care Underwear stepped into the school and changed the lives of not only the 22 students in French class, but of the 700 young women enrolled at Notre Dame.

What started off as a class discussion about the lives of women globally, turned into a full fledged campaign called Sauvez la planète avec des bobettes. The aim of the campaign is to get students at Notre Dame to bring in underwear for donation for women in developing nations.

“You don’t realize how much you have until you open your eyes to other people’s situations around the world,” said Sarah Abulencia-Leeming, a student in the grade 12 French class.

Students collected over 150 pairs of underwear to be shipped overseas, showing that if you have the will, there is always a way.

We Care Underwear is an organization in the Beach dedicated to promoting the dignity, hygiene and self-worth of women in developing nations. For more information visit their site at or their Facebook page at

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