Sophia Anna Bush’s Uganda is Fashion with a Cause

Jul 9, 2015 by

Sophia Anna Bush’s Uganda is Fashion with a Cause

Celebrity Sophia Anna Bush Learns what Fashion ‘made with love’ means in Uganda

by Heather Cassell

One Tree Hill star Sophia Anna Bush journeyed to Northern Uganda at the end of June to promote ethical fashion brands: 31 Bits, Akola Project, and Sseko Designs developed by Ugandan women.

The now 33-year old Sophia stared as Brooke Davis on the popular 20-something drama that aired on The CW from 2003 to 2012.

“I’m leaving Uganda today with a full heart, an inspired mind, and an activated spirit,” Sophia writes in a June 27 Instagram post about her recent trip to Northern Uganda. “The women we spent our time with will forever be stitched into my heart.”

The women of Gulu town greet actress Sophia Anna Bush with a welcome dance in Northern Uganda. (Photo: Courtesy of Sophia Anna Bush’s Instagram)

The women of Gulu town greet actress Sophia Anna Bush with a welcome dance in Northern Uganda. (Photo: Courtesy of Sophia Anna Bush’s Instagram)

The Ugandan women she met are developing jewelry, apparel, and accessories for each ethical designer brand. The fashions help the women create their own livelihoods and improve their lives reducing poverty in their impoverished, ravaged, and vulnerable community, Gulu town, seven years after the Lord’s Resistance Army led by Joseph Kony’s more than 20-year brutal reign over Northern Uganda ended.

“There is so much joy here,” she expresses. “[The Ugandan women have] taught me a thing or two about how to greet your friends with the most epic welcome dances!”

“Being conscious of what you support, even though such simple actions as buying a bracelet or necklace for a loved one, can literally impact entire communities halfway around the world,” she writes. “The gratitude that these women put into each piece they make is palpable here. Talk about the meaning of ‘being made with love.’”

“I can’t wait to show you all what I’m cooking up with Akolaproject (sic), Ssekodesigns, and 31Bits!,” she writes in her Instagram post.

Celebrity Sophia Anna Bush on safari in Northern Uganda. (Photo: Courtesy of Sophia Anna Bush’s Instagram)

Celebrity Sophia Anna Bush on safari in Northern Uganda. (Photo: Courtesy of Sophia Anna Bush’s Instagram)

During her philanthropic trip, Sophia went on safari in Murchison Falls National Park, where the Murchison Falls, also known as the Kabarega Falls, is located along the great Albertine Graben. The water of the falls flows from the Nile and breaks into Victoria Nile. Victoria Nile flows across Uganda’s northern region pouring into Lake Victoria, Lake Kyoga, and Lake Albert, which is within the western arm of the great East African Rift. Sophia journeyed on to the The Source of The Nile in Jinja town, famously known as the “Adventure Capital of East Africa.”

Fans are enthusiastic about Sophia’s trip to Uganda and meeting the women who are creating jewelry for the three ethical fashion brands.

“I have the utmost respect for this woman — for taking her own time and working to better someone else’s world,” a fan posts on Instagram. “She has looked to the people of Uganda for inspiration and understanding. And what she has found in just a short number of days is a million moments of love, hope, peace, happiness, and courage.”

“She has discovered people who have fought for their lives since they were a small child, who continue to smile with joy radiating from their very hearts every single day. This is what unwavering courage looks like,” continues the fan.

The trip was confirmed by Eddy Kirya, director of Travel 256 Ltd., who handled the travel arrangements in Uganda for Sophia, exclusively to eTurbo News, which broke the news.

To book your trip to Uganda, contact Heather Cassell at Girls That Roam Travel at Travel Advisors of Los Gatos at 408-354-6531at or .

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