YOUNG pupils from disadvantaged homes have to sometimes miss school for up to a week because of their menstrual cycle. Got the Edge Community Development, a non-profit organisation, has adopted more than 20 young girls from Westlands Senior Primary in Kokstad to ensure they stay in school even during their menstrual cycle.Last Friday, the organisation donated sanitary towels to pupils and promised to continue with donations every month and new panties every six months.NPO founder Gugu Madikizela-Shasha said she does not want to see young girls missing school because of being on a period.“I once saw a young pupil using newspaper as a sanitary towel and as a woman I cannot relax watching their dignity going down. I want young women to be clean while at school. Sometimes these young women get into relationships with older men because they want to get money. I want young pupils to say ‘no’ to older men and stay independent,” said Madikizela-Shasha.School Principal, Nonkulumo Tambo said the Life Orientation subject educates pupils about social issues, including the menstrual cycle. She also said the school has regularly used school budget to buy sanitary towels for pupils that cannot afford to buy them.A 15 year-old Grade 6 pupil thanked the organisation for the donation.