Georgina's story

Papua New Guinean girl standing in front of toilet block.
Image: WaterAid/Tom Greenwood

At Georgina’s school, the toilets were so unsafe the school was almost closed down. “When we had no toilets we go in the bush and it isn’t good,” school student, Georgina, explains.

Poor hygiene causes diseases that can be deadly. And a lack of sanitation causes even more issues for girls having their period. “We used to go home and change and come back,” says Georgina, adding that the journey took 30 minutes by foot, plus time to wash and change.