FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Taylor DeVos turns 15 in September, but as she gets older, she finds a way to make a bigger difference and bigger impact.
You may remember that Taylor recently travelled to Haiti to visit the schools that she helped build.
Well, now she is taking on another challenge. One that not many people pay much attention to. That is why Taylor and her sister Hanna walked around Staples in a wedding dresses wearing signs, to make people aware about childhood marriage in Africa and why it is a reason so many girls don’t get a proper education.
“We are trying to show that girls in Malawi, Africa and other places, developing countries in the world, we’re trying to show how they live on a day-to-day basis with not being able to go to school because they are being married off at a young age.”
Taylor says the idea of wearing wedding dresses came from how girls in other countries live on a day-to-day basis and to symbolize what other girls in those countries go through.
“Girls get married off before 18. Under the age of 18. So it is pretty crazy that in a few years, if I lived in a country like that, I would be married off already.”
She wants to see how many girls she can get to graduate, before she herself graduates.
Taylor also has another project on the go. She is starting a group called K.I.D.S which stands for Kids Inspiring Dreams and Sustainability, where she says they will be trying to raise money which will then be sent to Malawi and will send as many girls to school as they can afford.
For information on the club, you can contact Taylor via email or Facebook. They will also be at the Community One Stop Registration on September 1oth.