Giving girls confidence
Today, Nadim is head of her school’s health club. When she isn’t supporting girls managing their periods, she can be found on the volleyball pitch, smiling with confidence. Sadly, this was not always the case.
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"When my cloth was soiled, I got scared." - Nadim
Before Nadim joined the health club, she did not know about periods. She was in class when she first started hers. With no sanitary towels, her clothes became stained and the boys began to laugh. Filled with fear and shame, Nadim left her lesson and walked home. She did not return to school for a week.
CAFOD supports school health clubs so that children like Nadim can gain answers. As well as explaining what periods are, we help to train girls and boys to make reusable sanitary towels. The experience of shame is removed head-on, as a community, with practical solutions.
“Today, I am not afraid or scared because whenever I go home or wherever I am, I know that I am secure” - Nadim
Help more girls prepare for their period
Sadly, many girls around the world still do not know about their period. They are unprepared, feel ashamed and miss school. With your help we can change this. Together, we can help girls gain the same confidence that Nadim now has.