For several Giving Tuesdays, I’ve partnered with World Vision and Thirty-One Gifts to bring awareness to different needs around the world. This year we’re looking at the girls in Zambia, who World Vision staffer Deborah Johns visited at their Chipapa Primary School, which is in a remote village 2 hours outside of Lusaka, Zambia. On her visit, she noticed cheerful faces of young girls carrying their school supplies in totes donated by Thirty-One Gifts. In partnership with the Ministry of Education, World Vision uses these totes as a special incentive for young girls to stay in school.
So why do girls leave school at much younger ages and higher rates than boys?
In this and other rural communities, girls start dropping out of school around grade 5 due to reasons such as:
• The family needs her to stay home and care for their younger siblings.
• She starts menstruating and is ill-equipped to attend class due to a lack of proper hygiene and sanitation facilities, including clean water.
• She is forced into early marriage.
• She must walk too far to get water (taking up most of her day.)
Girls dropping out of school is a life and death matter because a child born to a literate mother is 50% more likely to survive past the age of 5.
I mean. Think about that. Education makes the difference in generations of lives.
When we visited Zimbabwe with World Vision, the young ages of some of the women at the hospital waiting to go into labor was an eye opener, and for many of these girls, it wasn’t their first child.
©2017 World Vision/photo by Deb Johns – Irene (9 years old) and Nelia (8 years old) received their “school bags” last year, and they were so proud to show them off!
Look at their faces – how proud they are of these bags. If you’ve given to this in any past year, you are part of this joy and the encouragement to stay in school.
So this brings me to what today is all about: today is Giving Tuesday! For the fourth consecutive year, World Vision and Thirty-One Gifts have partnered to double the impact made by donors’ Giving Tuesday gifts. Any gift given to World Vision today will be matched with a donation of product from Thirty-One Gifts up to $1,000,000, so any donation you make will have twice the impact for helping families in need around the world.
The Thirty-One Gifts school bags that Irene and Nelia were so proud to show off to Deb were given to World Vision to match generous donations on Giving Tuesday last year!
You can choose any item to donate through World Vision today, but if you want to make a direct donation to help girls stay in school, I recommend their Education for Girls fund!
Thank you for giving and sharing about this!