Keeping girls safe and healthy
Joya Parvin 18, is a VSO community volunteer from Parsa district, Nepal. In her role as a VSO volunteer, she's a lifeline support for 13 younger girls in her community, who are at risk of dropping out of education, and child marriage. Joya provides mentorship, learning support and advocates for girls' education. She's now ensuring girls have the right information and supplies to keep healthy.
A younger 'sister' of Joya's shares: "I was very scared to hear that there are positive cases of COVID in my village; I thought I would die too. Joya frequently called me and my family, telling us not to panic and providing advice to keep ourselves healthy. I have been washing my hands more frequently and do not go out of the house."
One of the biggest challenges girls in the community face is hygiene, with menstrual products, soap and sanitiser being a luxury many families cannot afford. VSO supporters have provided volunteers, and essential hygiene kits to girls in crisis.
A gift today could help reach more girls at risk who are struggling to keep safe and clean.