Deva Celebrates Women Who Give Back

This season we’re celebrating the art of giving back. We’re so inspired by these smart, passionate and strong women who dare to change the world by helping others. Join us as we celebrate these women who selflessly strive to do good.

Organization: Project St. Anne

Founder: Naïka Charles D’Haiti

Who They Are: Project St. Anne is an international non-profit organization established to enrich Haiti by providing nutritional, financial, and educational support. They strive to serve and maintain the dignity of the impoverished community of Haiti symbolized by the helping hands of St. Anne.

Why We Love Them: Project St. Anne was created by DevaCurl’s own Naika and a small group of friends and family who came together in 2008 to feed 100 people in Naika’s hometown community of Camp-Perrin. Through her passion and growing sponsorships, Project St. Anne has been able to feed 1,200 members each year.  In addition, they have educated 210 children to date.

Organization: Girls Inc. of Greater Madison WI

Advocate: Victoria Inez Martinez & Be Inspired Salon

Who They Are: Girls Inc. focuses on the development of the whole girl, teaching girls to value themselves, take risks, and discover and develop inherent strengths. They equip girls to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers, and grow up healthy, educated, and independent.

Why We Love Them: Be Inspired Salon’s Victoria (a DevaCurl inspired stylist) created the partnership with Girls Inc. to educate and inspire young girls to embrace their natural hair texture and help support them with products and styling tips so they feel empowered and excited about who they are.

Organization: Libro Laya Foundation

Founder: Michelle Jimenez

Who They Are: Libro Laya Foundation is a non-profit organization created to provide education to children in the Philippines through scholarships.

Why We Love Them: In the Philippines, one in four children don’t graduate the sixth grade, and many are unable to achieve a high school education because they can’t afford books, transportation, and school supplies. Michelle created Libro Laya Foundation in 2017 as a way to give back to her community in the Philippines. They are currently working to build their first pre-school in Manila.

Organization: Children’s Aid

Advocate: Ilianna Ayala 

Who They Are: The Children’s Aid is a non-profit organization that provides after-school programs, summer camps and assistance to the youth and families in targeted New York City high-needs neighborhoods.

Why We Love Them: Ilianna grew up attending Children’s Aid of East Harlem’s after school programs and now volunteers along with her mother at their local chapter.  Whether it’s robotics club, a sports team, or homework help, all Children’s Aid community schools and centers provide quality activities that help kids reach their full potential.

Organization: Garden of Eden Foundation

Founder: Eden Marley

Who They Are: Garden of Eden Foundation was created to empower women and youth by cultivating self-esteem and self-worth through education, the arts, and sustainable community projects

Why We Love Them: The Garden of Eden Foundation was created by Eden in 2015 because she identified a need and wanted to contribute in her own way.  She further partnered with YWCA Haïti in Petion-ville, Haïti to provide young women (ages 10-17) free STD Testing, free STD Treatment, and sexual education.

Organization: Penn Medicine’s Basser Center for BRCA

Advocate: Rosie Da Silva

Who They Are: Penn Medicine’s Basser Center for BRCA establishes a far-reaching network of scientists, geneticists, and physicians dedicated to successfully treating BRCA-related cancers, and preventing them altogether.

Why We Love Them: When Rosie, a Devachan senior stylist, was diagnosed with breast cancer and undergoing treatments, she encountered many women who did not know how to manage their new and different hair texture.  She provides education, hair care tips, and a sympathetic ear to women affected by BRCA-related cancers.  All stylists, like Rosie, provide support and a sympathetic ear to their clients.