Sinethemba gives hope to girls

2017-08-17 06:05
Members of the Sinethemba National Baptist Church during the handover of the sanitary pads. In the middle are Mrs Daweti and school principal Nomhle Gavu. The children are, from left, Palesa Nkwayibe, Lelona Fiyo, Inathi Tshama, Sinovuyo Malusi and Ananda Mahambehlala.                PHOTO: tarzan mbita

Members of the Sinethemba National Baptist Church during the handover of the sanitary pads. In the middle are Mrs Daweti and school principal Nomhle Gavu. The children are, from left, Palesa Nkwayibe, Lelona Fiyo, Inathi Tshama, Sinovuyo Malusi and Ananda Mahambehlala. PHOTO: tarzan mbita

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The Women’s Manyano of Sinethemba National Baptist Church visited the Thembalethu School for Learners with Special Education Needs on Women’s Day carrying gifts that no woman in their cycle of life should be without.

South Africa being a country of many possibilities, yet with glaring inequalities, it has become evident that many young women do not always afford sanitary pads, come their menstruation cycle.

As a result, there is a nationwide drive to make these available to the less fortunate.

The girls who study and reside at Thembalethu School for the Disabled in Gugulethu are no exception to the norm.

Last Wednesday, pastor’s spouse Mama Daweti led a delegation of her congregation’s women’s auxilliary to hand over sanitary pads to the young girls there.

They have been collecting them and felt the need to make a difference in the lives of the young girls, even if for a while.

Daweti said: “We are driven by a passion to share ... no one wishes their children to suffer from want. This donation is from the recesses of our bowels.”

She said as mothers, they saw the need to make the donation, so that the inmates can feel loved, and it was all thanks to the staff who made a great effort to look after the children.

According to school Principal Nomhle Gavu, the gift of the pads might seem small, but it was significant to the eyes of staff and children.

The centre caters to the educational needs of about 200 physically and slow learning children.

Thembalethu, she was quick to add, is a normal curriculum school, although some learners required intense tutoring due to the slow intellectual learning capabilities.

“We have psychologist, social workers, a resident nurse and a doctor who visits every month.”

Forty of the learners are accommodated in the school’s hostel. Some of the disabilities are caused by car accidents, polio and infections, she said.

Gavu said most of the children relied on transportation to and from their homes between school.

She added that they always needed outside help to meet their needs.

“We have six buses we use to transport the children, but three have stalled, needing repairs.”

Some come from far flung areas like Du Noon and Stellenbosch, since there is not a facility to take care of them in these places.

The school has a staff compliment of more than 50, who see to the needs of the children.

Notwithstanding these challenges, the learners also take part in various sporting activities nationally.

Pinky Zinto was reportedly at a national camp in Port Elizabeth during the visit. She plays in the national basketball squad.

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