NGSS I Stand bag project


During Jess and Emily Leigh’s visit to NGSS in July 2019 they discussed with the whole school about  girls’ empowerment, the importance of girls ‘having a voice’ and ‘having their  voice heard’.

The outcome of this was the idea for the girls to make bags, out of colourful African cotton material, using the skills learnt in the new Cliff Smith sewing room at the school. These would then be sold, mainly in the UK, and the profits would then be put towards something which the girls felt would improve their lives at school.

Many ideas were put forward such as providing better food and renovating some of the classrooms. However, the overall winning vote went to providing a music system for the school. Not only will that enhance the worship in church but also provide the means of listening and dancing to popular music. It would also save the cost of hiring a music/PA system on special occasions at the school.

The bags sell for £10 and £8, depending on whether they have a pocket or not. About 20 bags have been sold so far so they are now on their way to achieving  their wish.

Jess also produced a great video of some of the girls, as part of this I Stand Project. You can see it by clicking on this link.


If you are interested in buying one of these bags please click on this link.

Not only will you be helping the girls achieve their aim but you will also be helping the environment by having a reuse-able bag.

A win win situation!

The Mary Wood Trust UK Charity Number 1144311

Last edited 22nd June 2020