I asked the girl in this pic during the week why she wasn’t at school. She was selling peanuts at a market in PNG and just smiled her lovely smile at me as I snapped her image, and giggled when I showed it to her.
It’s not compulsory for girls to go to school in PNG and other parts of the Pacific and many find themselves caught up in cycles of poverty, violence and poor health as a result.
It doesn’t have to be this way and not being able to fix it all doesn’t mean we can’t fix it for some. Fees, uniforms, sanitary pads and stationary can mean the difference between girls staying caught in these cycles or beginning to break free and pursue a life they have only dared to dream about.
PNG has some of the worst health and poverty outcomes of the Pacific and is Australia’s biggest recipient of aid.
We’d love you to join the journey, $25 a month can get a girl out of the market and into school…
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Jane for team ‘a Girl & her world’