Morgan Brannon, 17, of Decatur, Alabama, a member of Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama and a senior at Decatur High School, raised more than $2,500 by making and selling body scrubs, bath salts and candles in order to send essential items and school supplies to a girls’ school in the Republic of the Congo. “The importance of education was instilled in me from a young age,” said Morgan. So when she learned about the challenges of accessing educational opportunities in the Congo, particularly among women and girls, she was motivated to do something. “The thought of people in other parts of the world not having the same access to education as I did, especially because of their gender, did not sit well with me,” she said.
Morgan decided to send supplies to the Malaika School, a free primary and secondary school for 350 girls in south Congo. She first needed to raise money. Over the course of two summers, she spent one day a week making body scrubs, bath salts and candles, which she then sold at a local produce farm while displaying posters about her project. She also attached tags to her products with information about barriers to education in the Congo. With money from more than 400 sales, Morgan has sent three laptops, dozens of backpacks, 350 pairs of socks and underwear, sporting equipment and colored pencils to the school. In addition, she arranged for fellow Girl Scouts to send pen-pal letters to the girls at Malaika.