By J.D. Ryan

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There are jars of hope popping up all around Dallas. After the tragic events in downtown Dallas in early July, a North Texas group stepped up to see how they could help give hope back to the city.

In 2004 The Akola Project was started by an SMU Graduate and Dallas resident to help employ and empower women in Uganda. They make and sell jewelry, soon to be in Neiman-Marcus, and have helped over 400 women and 4000 children transform their lives with training centers and water wells.

The Akola Project expanded their reach in 2014 when they brought it home to Dallas and began to help women here find hope as well. Now they are reaching out to Dallas with a new project for hope.

“To really have people in our city start thinking about what’s their hope? What’s their dream for Dallas?” said Founder and CEO of The Akola Project, Brittany Merrill Underwood.

The Akola Project has placed jars all around town for people to write their hope for #OneHopeOneDallas and spread it through social media.

“Take a picture when they write their one hope and put it in the jar. And share their #OneHope on social media so we can add their message to this movement and show a different side of Dallas” Brittany added.

JD Ryan is with The Akola Project…Around Town!


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