Society helps girls to stay clean

2017-04-20 06:02
Debbie Schafer, MEC for Education (blue top), Albert Fritz, MEC for Social Development(front), Shahid Esau, DA Member of Parliament, Abed Karrim, Project Manager (KZN) Disaster Response and Poverty Eradication, and learners during the handover of sanitary towels, at I.D Mkhize Secondary School, in Gugulethu, on Tuesday.PHOTO: Mbongiseni MASEKO

Debbie Schafer, MEC for Education (blue top), Albert Fritz, MEC for Social Development(front), Shahid Esau, DA Member of Parliament, Abed Karrim, Project Manager (KZN) Disaster Response and Poverty Eradication, and learners during the handover of sanitary towels, at I.D Mkhize Secondary School, in Gugulethu, on Tuesday.PHOTO: Mbongiseni MASEKO

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The Al-Imdaad Foundation on Tuesday donated about 200 sanitary packs to learners at I.D Mkhize Senior Secondary School in Gugulethu.

They arrived at the school together with Debbie Schafer, the MEC for Education, Albert Fritz, MEC for Social Development and Shahid Esau, a DA Member of Parliament.

Abed Karrim, the Project Manager, Disaster Response and Poverty Eradication said they hoped that the donation will have a positive impact in the lives of the learners.

“We understand that the issue of sanitary towels is in line with hygiene. This is about restoring dignity for the girls. Some learners get affected on their studies every month as they miss school, because of not having sanitary towels. Our aim is to assist in programmes that help in the eradication of poverty.”

Karrim added: “Never allow yourself in a situation which will make you pregnant. We must stop teenage pregnancy. Please study hard.”.

Karrim also said the foundation has its roots in Kwa-Zulu Natal, but that they have recently opened a branch in the city.

He said they are involved in many charity programmes such as Food for Life, supplying breakfast in schools, donating wheelchairs and walking sticks and many other projects.

Schafer said the issue of running out of sanitary towels is a sensitive one for girls.

“It is not possible for learners to lead a normal life at school if they do not have sanitary towels. Girls are not able to talk about the challenge of running out of them and they get embarrassed. Missing school as a result will have a negative impact in your studies. Please let us know if you really need such help. We are happy about the partnership that we formed with the foundation,” she said.

Fritz applauded the partnership with the foundation and said it was for the benefit of the needy.

“It is an amazing to be in partnership with the foundation. Sanitary towels are about restoring dignity for young girls. You have a right to dignity, fight for it and you are entitled to it,” Fritz said.

Zola Phahlana, the school principal, said the donation will help keep learners at school and that having sanitary towels is a burning issue for girls.

Sisanda Sigutya, a Grade 12 learner, thanked the donors and said they really need(ed) the sanitary towels.

“Some of us have to ask teachers for sanitary towels, because they are a necessity. I feel very happy,” Sigutya said.

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