Girl in Democratic Republic Congo smiles as she claps her hands together, standing in a green field

You can help end period poverty

Join World Vision Ambassador Amika George to help empower young girls

Tackling period poverty globally

Amika George is the founder of the Free Periods campaign to end period poverty. She joined us in Zambia to see how we empower girls to stay in school by tackling the stigma around menstruation in one of the world's poorest countries.

19-year-old Amika successfully persuaded the UK government to provide free sanitary products and other menstrual products in schools from 2020 - to prevent girls in the UK from missing school. Now, she wants to stamp out period poverty around the world...and you can help.

Amika witnessed first-hand how Child Sponsorship empowers girls to stay in school and end sexism, stigma, and unfairness towards girls. By sponsoring a girl with World Vision, you can empower her today. Will you join our movement?

Keep girls in school

Providing access to period products for girls who can't easily afford or access those themselves allows girls to unlock their own potential at school. Don't let a lack of access to sanitary products take that opportunity from them.

How Child Sponsorship will help

As a child sponsor, you can help fulfil our vision of ensuring every girl reaches her full God-given potential.

Your sponsorship can help girls gain an education - and it has a ripple effect. Children born to an educated mother are 50% more likely to survive past 5 years old. The change lasts for generations.

A life transformed

Womba, 16, regularly missed school because there were no clean toilets which made her feel uncomfortable, especially when she had her period. Plus the stigma surrounding menstruation in her community made her feel embarrassed and ashamed.

As girls, you would miss lessons because you would be scared to mess yourself up


16, from Zambia

Girl in Zambia sits in a classroom and smile

Thanks to Child Sponsorship, she now goes to school each day because toilets were built at her school and she was introduced to a club to help her understand and manage her period. Womba's dream of becoming a surgeon is now a closer reality.

Support girls like Womba

Girls like Womba can’t buy sanitary supplies. Because of their remote location, even travelling to the nearest town to buy pads is something they just can’t afford. Many girls have to resort to using socks, toilet paper, and even newspapers. When these fail, boys in class tease and laugh at them, leading to many girls leaving school altogether.

With the help of our supporters, girls like Womba now know how to make their own reusable, hygienic pads with materials they can find easily. Boys learn about menstruation and girls have clean pads - so they're free to learn without fear of embarrassment.

But the work doesn't end there. We need your support to end period poverty so that girls like Womba can gain the confidence to stay in school and become everything that God intended them to be. By sponsoring a girl, you can break the cycle of child poverty - giving her the chance to reach her true potential.

How International Day of the Girl supports girls

Girls face a multitude of challenges through no fault of their own - like period poverty. The UN marked 11th October as ‘International Day of the Girl’, to increase the awareness of gender equality and the adversities girls face as a result of humanitarian crisis or the cycle of poverty. While these issues exist all year round, this day marks the prevalence of these issues and provokes political conversations for action.

The day aims to support and empower young women to be who they want to be. With our help, we can help provide girls with a better education, protection from violence and put a stop to child marriage.

Meet girls whose lives have changed through Child Sponsorship


  • Girls across the world face threats including child marriage, female genital mutilation and sexual violence. UNICEF estimates that an adolescent girl dies every 10 minutes as a direct result of violence.

    Violence can take many forms; domestic abuse, trafficking, rape, or harmful practices such as early marriage and female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C).

    Violence against girls crosses culture, ethnicity and economic status. We know that violence does not begin with a conflict or an emergency, but any existing levels of violence against women and girls do increase during these times.

    Violence against girls and women has its roots in gender inequality and discrimination - and negative norms or practices that result from these.

  • Period poverty is when girls' futures are unfairly put in jeopardy each month due to financial restraints, lack of facilities at school and colleges or bodily stigma.

    Period poverty looks like:

    Girls having to use newspaper, socks, or toilet paper

    Schools having no suitable place to change

    Stigma around periods in the community

    High number of girls dropping out of school

    High rate of absenteeism among girls

    Girls feeling embarrassed about periods

  • We help families to provide for themselves so that they do not feel the need to marry their daughters at a young age or send them out to work.

    We fund the education of girls and help them reach their career girls, including sponsored girls. Many sponsored girls go on to become teachers, nurses and business owners.

    We challenge social norms and harmful practices, working with faith leaders and communities to acknowledge and act upon gender injustices and negative practices.

    We engage men and boys to make sure they recognise and act upon their obligation to prevent and end violence against girls and women.

    We provide training for children on their rights, how to better protect themselves, challenging existing gender imbalances and actively engaging with the wider community.

    We protect girls in emergencies, creating Child Friendly Spaces where girls and boys are protected from the risk of violence, have space to play and continue with their education.

    We also work within refugee camps to promote gender equality and reduce the occurrence of violence.

    We provide medical, legal and psychological support as well as life skills, vocational training and other support for girls affected by violence, including former girl soldiers.

  • You can easily sign up to sponsor a child on the Sponsor a Child page or by calling our Supporter Care Team on 01908 84 10 10.

  • Girls and boys are taught to make reusable pads

    Clean, safe toilets are installed in schools

    Stigma and myths surrounding periods are dispelled

    This means that the rate of absenteeism among girls is reduced and more girls can attend and graduate from school.

  • World Vision has had a Child Sponsorship programme for more than 70 years, we pair donors with a vulnerable child who needs protection and empowerment.

    Child Sponsorship brings much-needed change to more than just one child — the benefits you help provide extends to each child's family, their community and other children in need. 

    This is because World Vision partners, plans and works alongside local community members to help build healthy, sustainable communities for vulnerable children in the world’s hardest places. Learn more about how Child Sponsorship works. 

  • All of World Vision's work begins with listening to communities in need. Community leaders work with us to identify the most vulnerable children and families who will benefit from Child Sponsorship.

  • We work with national governments and other international agencies to identify the regions and communities that are most in need and where the most vulnerable children live. We then meet with community leaders and the wider community to gain a greater understanding of the challenges and the opportunities that exist for them and we develop a long-term plan together, to break the cycle of poverty. Find out more about how Child Sponsorship works

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