African tour operator Tourvest Destination Management (TDM) has pledged its support to a campaign aimed at keeping children in school through the provision of sanitary towels and deodorants.
TDM, part of integrated tourism group Tourvest, said it had donated sanitary towels and deodorants to eight disadvantaged schools in the North West, Mpumalanga and Free State provinces in support of a campaign by staff member and renowned motivational speaker Lebogang Nthabiseng Mokgosi (Nthabi) called Nthabi’s #findthebox campaign.
According to a company statement, the #findthebox campaign was organised by Mokgosi, a web designer at TDM, who wanted to assist girls who often stayed out of school because they cannot afford sanitary products.
TDM added that its representatives also give motivational speeches to pupils on the importance of staying in school.
“A lack of sanitary towels and deodorants has been identified as a leading cause of absenteeism at school and the purpose of the campaign is to help bring back the confidence of boys and girls from disadvantaged backgrounds so that they don’t have to be distracted by hygienic issues and focus on their schoolwork,” said Martin Wiest, TDM CEO.
He added that “the money, sanitary towels, and deodorants were given by our employees and they required little prompting from the company, despite the many other charitable projects we are working with”.
– African News Agency (ANA)