Kgotatso Pule, from Esther Park, joined TembisaPadDrive2015 and after she was approached by the founders of the drive, Lebogang Vanessa Moche and Boitumelo Nqai, from Tembisa, Kempton Express reported.
“I was touched when the plight of young girls from Tembisa, who do not have access to and the necessary funds to buy sanitary pads, was brought to my attention. They lose confidence and miss school during that time of the month,” Pule said.
“This hit close to home because I am a young woman too. We take such things for granted but unknowingly there’s a young girl out there who misses school not because she wants to but because it’s that time of the month and she doesn’t have a pad to wear.”
An initiative was brought forward by young Tembisa women who felt they should let the East Rand realise this problem so that we can all help where we can. In addition to collecting and distributing sanitary pads, they educate the community on puberty, hygiene and wellness as far as menstrual cycles are concerned.
All the sanitary pads collected will be distributed among underprivileged young girls, from foster care homes to schools and outside. Underprivileged young girls living under parental guidance will also be invited to a local park or hall and get educated about puberty.
The Equal Education (EE) conducted an audit in March and April in Gauteng this year, and it revealed that in 30% of the high schools audited, 40% had no access to either toilet paper or sanitary pads.
In 2011 President Jacob Zuma promised free sanitary pads for women and girls who cannot afford them. Four years later, menstruation is still a challenge for many schoolgirls in South Africa, as already highlighted by the TembisaPadDrive2015 campaign, and this has moved Dignity Dreams to distribute 18 000 packs of reusable sanitary pads to girls and women by Mandela Day on July 18.
On Mandela Day, Penny Lebyane, e.tv’s Sunrise co-host, climbed Africa’s highest mountain on as part of the Trek4Mandela: Caring 4 Girls project, which distributes sanitary towels and pads for women to cope with their monthly cycles.
Chosen as one of MTN’s Yellow Rose candidates, Lebyane has, since 2012, been working to provide sanitary pads to high school girls in her hometown of Bushbuckridge.
– Caxton News Service