Project Dignity visits Newton school

2017-02-22 06:02

PROJECT Dignity visited Newton Pre-Vocational School in Pietermaritzburg last Thursday to distribute 160 packs of menstrual management kits to the girls.

This was done after a donation by One Life Church following the Sparkle Conference which made it possible for Project Dignity and its partner Subz to distribute the packs.

The girls were receptive to the talks on menstruation and puberty and asked many questions. Mooi Mthethwa gave the girls advice on the importance of looking after themselves and their bodies.

Each young girl received a Subz pants and pads menstrual management kit, which included two pairs of panties and six reusable sanitary pads that will last the girls for the next three to five years.

The non-profit extension of Subz Pants and Pads, Project Dignity, seeks to improve the lives of school-going girls by donating sponsored packs of reusable, eco-friendly sanitary pads and accompanying panties.

The organisation was established after founder, Sue Barnes, learnt about the negative educational impact a lack of sanitary products has on thousands of school children.

Financial limitations mean there are no funds for sanitary pads so girls miss school during menstruation.

Project Dignity has done numerous activations in both KwaZulu-Natal, and across the country, whereby donations are made and talks given on a number of issues affecting young women, particularly in rural areas.

Developed, designed and manufactured by Barnes, the Subz pads are made of five layers of hydrophilic fabric making them extremely absorbent to prevent leakage. Together with the 100% cotton panties, they are patented and have a SABS absorbency approval.

“For some of them, their education is interrupted for 25 percent of the school year,” explained Barnes. “Any spare money the family has is spent on food rather than sanitary products.” - Supplied.

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