Fact: Pads keep girls in school

2017-08-31 06:00
Chuma Kahlela, founder and director of Ogiyonke Care and also a mentor for Do It For Her, Anelisa Sidwabe, Vuyina Siwani, Zimkhitha Bomvana and Mosadiotsile Mogorosi, deputy principal, on Monday, at I.D Mkhize High School, in Gugulethu.PHOTO: Mbongiseni maseko

Chuma Kahlela, founder and director of Ogiyonke Care and also a mentor for Do It For Her, Anelisa Sidwabe, Vuyina Siwani, Zimkhitha Bomvana and Mosadiotsile Mogorosi, deputy principal, on Monday, at I.D Mkhize High School, in Gugulethu.PHOTO: Mbongiseni maseko

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ID Mkhize High School in Gugulethu learners received donations of sanitary towels from an organisation which aims at addressing their issues.

Chuma Kahlela, the founder and director of Ogiyonke(Xhosa for rejoice, according to her) Care and also a mentor at Do It For Her, handed over packs for sanitary towels at the school.

Kahlela said this was her contribution towards needy girls not to miss school due to lack of affordability buy sanitary towels.

She said she mobilised friends on social networks and colleagues to contribute towards the effort to buy the towels.

“We are saying there should be no girl child who misses school due to not affording sanitary towels. A study has proved that some learners miss four days of schooling every month due to not having sanitary towels,” Kahlela said.

Kahlela also mentors 35 Grade 11 female learners from the school through Do It For Her, a concept developed in Arizona State University (ASU) by the Mandela Washington Fellows in June 2016.

This is a Pan African initiative that involves 15 African member countries dedicated to empowering young women and girls across the continent.

“This project plays a critical role in developing young girls to be what they should be. We help them develop self confidence and to take informed decisions. We did not have such opportunity when we grew-up. We prepare them for the road ahead before they go to the tertiary level. Some do not even know much about the opportunities available once there.

Vuyina Siwani, a learner, applauded the donation and said it will make a positive impact in their lives.

“We are very happy. This shows that there are people who care about us. Most of us struggle when it comes to buying sanitary towels. We end up staying at home, which affects our studies,” Siwani said.

Mosadiotsile Mogorosi, deputy principal at the school, thanked Kahlela for the donation.

“This will go a long way to helping our learners. Not having sanitary towels attributes to absenteeism. We will give them as single units when they are in need for them.

We have been lucky in this regard as we have seen different companies coming to donate sanitary towels before.

Some of our learners have unemployed parents. Some learners wear worn-out shoes and some do not even have food at home.

They depend on the nutrition system here at school. We also work with our School Governing Body (SGB) to give food parcels to some, which they take home. We do need help,” Mogorosi said.

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