Giving Tuesday: World Vision and Thirty-One Gifts

Chipapa Primary School is in a remote village 2 hours outside of Lusaka, Zambia. 

World Vision & Thirty-One GIfts

©2017 World Vision/photo by Deb Johns

Giving Tuesday: World Vision and Thirty-One Gifts

It is critical for young girls in this area to stay in school for a number of reasons, one of which is a matter of life and death… a child born to a literate mother is 50% more likely to survive past the age of 5.

In partnership with the Ministry of Education, World Vision uses totes from Thirty-One Gifts as a special incentive for young girls to stay in school. In this rural community there are lots of reasons why it is hard to stay in school:

  • The family needs her to stay home and care for their younger siblings.
  • She starts menstruating and is ill-equipped to attend class due to a lack of proper hygiene and sanitation facilities, including clean water.
  • She is forced into early marriage.
  • She must walk too far to get water (taking up most of her day.) 


World Vision staffer Deborah Johns visited the school in July. On her visit, she noticed the cheerful faces of young girls carrying their school supplies in those very totes donated by Thirty-One Gifts. She got to see the useful, and joy-giving effect of this program in action…

Thirty-One Gifts and World Vision

©2017 World Vision/photo by Deb Johns

So very precious!

Irene (9 years old) and Nelia (8 years old) received their “school bags” last year, and they were so proud to show them off! Deborah wrote.  “I could tell the totes were treasured possessions and that they were thankful for the gift.” 

Though you (or I) may not be able to travel to serve and work in remote villages, you can still make an impact! 

Today is Giving Tuesday! For the fourth consecutive year, World Vision and Thirty-One Gifts have partnered to double the impact made by donors’ Giving Tuesday gifts. Any gift given to World Vision today will be matched with a donation of product from Thirty-One Gifts up to $1,000,000, so any donation you make will have twice the impact for helping families in need around the world.

The Thirty-One Gifts school bags that Irene and Nelia were so proud to show off to Deb were given to World Vision to match generous donations on Giving Tuesday last year!

You can choose any item to donate through World Vision today, but if you want to make a direct donation to help girls stay in school, I recommend their Education for Girls fund!


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