Sanitary pad projects

By Drum Digital
27 February 2017

These pads, which last up to three and a half years, are distributed to primary and high schools around the country.

Media house Media24 has worked with a non-profit organisation called Dignity Dreams, which manufactures and distributes reusable sanitary pads with SABS-approved absorbency too.

Dis-Chem teamed up with Imbumbu Foundation’s Caring4Girls to launch the One Million Comforts campaign to accumulate over 1 million sanitary pads to ensure the schooling of girls is not interrupted. Caring4Girls, which is largely supported during Mandela Day, is one of the recognised programmes under the Nelson Mandela Foundation. The programmes have reached over 10 000 schoolgirls.

The Thembekile Mandela Foundation – a non-profit organisation run by Nelson Mandela’s eldest granddaughter Ndileka Mandela – provides 12 000 packs of sanitary pads to learners in rural areas of Limpopo and the Eastern Cape each year. The foundation’s Ramona Kasavan and Phumzile Sitholet, which started in 2015, provides 12 sanitary packs per girl to 10 000 girls over a five-year period. The aim is to measure the effects of the project by assessing the pass rate of girls who receive pads.

Happy Days, a project headed by media personalities Ramona Kasavan and Phumzile Sithole, manufactures and distributes pads to disadvantaged schoolgirls in Gauteng, the Eastern Cape and North West province.  Last year, the Happy Days campaign donated 420 000 sanitary pads to girls throughout the country.

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