Sanitary pads donation to make life easy

2016-11-17 06:00
In front are grateful learners Zikhona Siswana, Esihle Mtendana and Sinazo Deleki. At the back are Desiree Johannes, school principal Zoliswa Mafilika, Chuma Kahlela and Agnes Ntaba, a teacher.  PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

In front are grateful learners Zikhona Siswana, Esihle Mtendana and Sinazo Deleki. At the back are Desiree Johannes, school principal Zoliswa Mafilika, Chuma Kahlela and Agnes Ntaba, a teacher. PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

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Learners from Yomelela Primary School received donations of sanitary towels on Tuesday, thanks to a beverages company.

the donations were made to about 60 Grade 7 girls from the school, who each received a pack.

This came about after Chuma Kahlela, a concerned individual, approached the company with a plea to help the learners.

Kahlela chose the school after she spoke to Akhona Mani-a teacher, and a fellow congregant at the Mfuleni Methodist Church-about their challenges regarding the menstrual cycles of their learners.

She said this was her first project and she is planning more for the benefit of learners in future.

“I feel happy and proud having organised a sponsorship for the needy.

Sanitary towels are important for girls. It is a way of contributing to their education as they will be able to attend school even if they are in their menstrual periods,” Kahlela said.

Desiree Johannes, employee relations manager at the soft drinks company, said the donation of sanitary towels was an initiative of the employees, which started on Woman’s Day, wherein they dug from their own pockets to buy the products and donated them to needy learners from five schools across the city.

“This is our way of ploughing back to the community that supports our business. Education is important and somebody needs to assist the learners. We need to look after them to ensure that they are always at school,” Johannes said.

Zoliswa Mafilika, the school principal, said the sanitary towels will be handy to the learners.

“It is important for the girls to have sanitary towels. We are situated in a disadvantaged community. Most of their parents are unemployed and they become embarrassed when they have to ask for them from teachers or their friends.

Siphiwe Nkawule, 13, a learner, said the sanitary towels are a big need for them.

“I am very happy. My parents can afford to buy me the sanitary towels, but other learners struggle to get them. It is really embarrassing when you do not have them.”

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