Underwear was just the start.

Smalls for All is a charity which helps women and children in Africa meet their most basic hygiene and security needs.

Smalls for All was launched in 2009 by Maria Macnamara after she read an article about the many problems that women and children in Zimbabwe faced due to not having any underwear. We help thousands of women and children in poorer areas of Africa and those with medical conditions like fistula. It's hard to believe that something as simple as providing underwear can help. But it really does make a huge difference....read more

Foreign assistance can be difficult to get right.

That’s why Smalls for All works with other carefully selected charitable organisations and NGOs who are trying to improve the health and security, and restore the dignity, of women and children in Africa. We support grassroots, sustainable projects with local ownership. We aim to put people in a better economic and social position.

Smalls for All became a registered charity in 2010.

Smalls for All sponsors girls' education in Africa

We continue to provide much needed support, working closely with the Balcraig Foundation...read more

Underwear may seem insignificant when a country has so many problems.

But because many women and children in Africa can't afford underwear, they fall victim to disease and attack. And girls who are lucky enough to have a place in school often miss 3 or 4 days a month due their lack of underwear. Smalls for All donates underwear in many ways - through links with established charities; through hospitals that treat women with conditions like fistula; through IDP camps and children's homes and orphanages.

Click here for more information on where the underwear you donate ends up.

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Visit our Flickr gallery to see images of our projects, our fundraising events and the people we help

Pantometer 22.08.2016

Thanks to you, we’ve now collected
276,535 items of underwear and
distributed 156,103 and
recycled 34,400 bras.

Could you add to our pile of pants?

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Latest news from Maria

Smalls for All

 Overall total is 276,535 (and we are still counting).


Congratulations to Janet Angus, winner of the August lottery.

Smalls for All celebrated being 6 years old this month (our charity status was granted in August 2010) and whilst it's been an amazing 6 years the last year in particular has been incredible.  During the first 5 years we collected around 100,000 pants and bras, but in the last year alone we collected nearly 200,000!  Thank you to everyone who has donated over the last 6 years. If you have donated recently, our latest "thank you" post, dated 18 August is now on the website. And we are still opening parcels every week so if you don't see your name it probably means we've not opening your parcel yet.

Just a wee reminder -  we now only collect new or gently worn bras that we can recycle directly by giving them to women in Africa. We no longer collect well worn bras.  And as always, please make sure that all pants you donate are new and unworn!

One of the things I've been working on over the summer is how we increase our distribution network to get your donations safely and securely to more of the women and children in Africa who desperately need them the most.  I'm making good progress and I'm hoping we can hit the 200,000 distributed by the end of the year!

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You can help in three ways.

To donate underwear click here to get the brief.

To donate underwear
click here
to get the brief.


If you’d like to donate money click here to find out how.

To give us a few knicker
click here
and donate cash.


To make us a pile click here and start collecting.

To make us a pile
click here and start collecting.