Never underestimate the power of a good book… or a girl with a plan. When Lily Miller read Malala’s Yousafszai’s memoir in 2014, her eyes were opened to the fact that getting an education is not a given for girls around the world. Reading about this unfortunate and common struggle galvanized Lily to take action: she (along with help from her little sister Maizy and her mother) make recycled fabric scrap lovebirds and use the proceeds to help send girls education initiatives. Lily, who was honored by the governor of Montana as the youngest winner ever of the Service Montana award, has sent her lovebirds all over the globe — all while juggling hockey practice and homework.

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Lily has actually been making her lovebirds since 2012 as part of an effort to raise funds for an all-abilities playground project at school. After the school project was over, Lily loved making the cheerful chirpers so much that she wanted to continue creating them for a cause. After being influenced by Malala’s message of gender equality and female empowerment, she learned about Conscious Connections Foundation’s Power of 5 initiative, which allows donors to help send girls in Nepal to school for only five dollars a month, and decided to donate her earnings from Lily’s Lovebirds sales. The other proceeds from Lily’s Lovebirds go back to the Malala Fund to support girls’ education efforts globally.

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Now 11, Lily is continuing her good work, designing and cutting the patterns, then stuffing them with the help of Maizy — although they may need to call for some more help to flock together. Recent press has made them very popular and very busy. Due to A Mighty Girl’s coverage, Lily’s Lovebirds are currently sold out. However, you can add your name to the waiting list and will be contacted when they are ready for new orders. Malala wrote, “One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world.” Lily and her lovebirds are turning that statement into admirable action with a homegrown philanthropic family operation that exemplifies the power, generosity, and kindness of these young women.

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via A Mighty Girl