Karina Chronicles

Karina Dresses at the ‘Girl Rising’ premiere

Based out of New York City and Canada, Cinny is the mommy to JR and Baby Pom. When not working or studying full time, she can be found working on Whirlwind of Surprises or cuddling with her hubby and playing with her dogs. She shines in the warm company of friends and family and  enjoys playing with her 3 little nephews.

This month, I’m especially proud to have represented such a great company at the screening of Girl Rising, a powerful documentary covering girl education, or rather, the LACK of girl education in developing countries. Narrated by nine renowned actresses (Meryl Streep, Kerry Washington, Anne Hathaway, Salma Hayek and more), the stories of nine courageous girls who just want to learn to read and write from nine different countries are brought to life.

This is a cause Karina Dresses believes in and the reason LoveClub TM, Karina’s loyalty program, exists. Ever quarter, a percentage of every LoveClubTM membership is donated to The Little Stars School (LSS) of Varanasi.

I grew up with a ton of education and always valued it. I appreciated having parents who love me and could afford to send me to school. However, as I watched, I realized how blessed I really am. I hold in my hands my future and have the ability to shape and improve my children’s future. These nine girls fought against all odds just to grasp at a sliver of a chance, an opportunity to improve their lives, to actually have a future. Did you know 66 million girls in the world are not enrolled in school? Sometimes, it was merely because they were “born a girl”. Other times, it’s due to poverty, slavery, human trafficking, and the country itself. Just for going to school in certain countries, some girls get attacked or killed.

Girl Rising sends an inspirational message. “Never Give Up!” Though they may be shunned, though change is slow…if they try, girls will rise up and stand together for change. Tears were brought to my eyes with each story but I genuinely smiled when there was a small triumph.

As my eyes were opened to the cruelty of the developing world, the courage, strength, and determination of these girls in their respective situations only served as the rainbow after the rain. One of the girls, Ruksana, had a particularly touching story. Due to their financial circumstances, they had two choices: living under a roof or giving the girls’ education. For the sake of improving their children’s future, the family lives on the streets so that the 3 daughters’ can go to school.

Did you know with education, girls
-are healthier
-earn 20% more as adults
-marry older and don’t die from being “split in half”
-have healthier children, and
-most importantly, have a chance at a future for themselves and future generations.

So, it makes sense that if we want to change the world for the better, girls need to be educated. Join the movement, watch Girl Rising until April in theaters.

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