Given the good work being done by World Vision throughout various countries, I am happy to be partnering with them on this sponsored post so that we can help girls stay in school this Giving Tuesday.

It has been said that it is better to give than receive and I wholeheartedly agree. That being said, consider helping girls stay in school with a donation in any amount this Holiday Season. No amount is too small and will go a long way…especially when our donations go even further today in honor of Giving Tuesday and World Vision’s partnership with Thirty-One Gifts (details below).

Poverty, discrimination, and exploitation keep millions of girls out of school. Some girls must work to help their families, or stay home to care for younger siblings. Other girls simply don’t have the money for educational fees or school uniforms. What’s more, half of all girls in developing countries don’t even finish primary school. Education gives girls the potential to earn better wages, raise healthier and more educated children, and have a voice in her community.

In July, World Vision staffer Deborah Johns visited Chipapa Primary School, which is in a remote village 2 hours outside of Lusaka, Zambia. It has about 4 classrooms for 942 students (454 girls and 488 boys), ranging in grades from 1-9. World Vision started supporting the school with basic supplies, clean water, and a curriculum designed to increase health, literacy, and attendance.

They found that in this rural community, 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.)

At the school, Deborah saw first-hand how a donation of totes from Thirty-One Gifts was encouraging girls to continue in their education which is why, in partnership with the Ministry of Education, World Vision uses these totes as a special incentive for young girls to stay in school.

Studies show that when a woman is educated, both she and her children lead better, healthier lives. Please help send a girl to school today, receive an education, and overcome poverty.

Here’s how we can support World Vision and help girls stay in school…

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!