Help end shame

CAFOD is one of the largest humanitarian aid networks in the world, with a local presence in 165 countries and territories. We firmly believe that no one should be beyond the reach of the love and support they need for a dignified life and future. Because of our network of local experts, we have water engineers, mechanics, teachers and nurses ready to help wherever the need is greatest. Donate today to help us reach more girls, like Nadim, so that they can flourish.

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Nadim's Story

Nadim and her classmates making reusable sanitary towels.

Nadim and her classmates making reusable sanitary towels.

Nadim did not know about periods. She was in class when she first started hers. Without a sanitary towel, her clothes were stained and the boys began to laugh. Filled with fear and shame, Nadim left school and did not return for a week.

“Girls should not hate their bodies” - Nadim

Nadim joined a CAFOD funded health club at her school to understand what periods are. Here, Nadim learned along with other girls and boys that periods are natural. There was no place for shame.

Ending shame with skill

CAFOD supports school health clubs so that children, like Nadim, can gain answers. As well as explaining what periods are, we trained Nadim and her classmates to make reusable sanitary towels. The experience of shame was removed together, head-on, as a community.

Your donation could help us reach more girls like Nadim

Today, Nadim is head of her school’s health club. When she isn’t supporting young girls managing their periods, she can be found on the volleyball pitch, smiling with confidence.

“Today, I am not afraid or scared because whenever I go home or wherever I am, I know that I am secure” - Nadim

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Nadim has found her confidence again and loves to play volleyball

Nadim has found her confidence again and loves to play volleyball

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