Girls’ dignity restored with project

2018-02-14 06:01
Amandla Danca Teatro ZA, in partnership with De Beers, recently donated sanitary towels to learners of the Zingiza Intermediate School. From the left are Garth Irwin of De Beers, Nthabiseng Jobela, Onalenna Lemphote, Vuyelwa Kase, Dimakatso Likoebe and Pondo Vika of Amandla Danca Teatro ZA, as well as Simangele Soni of De Beers.Photo: Supplied

Amandla Danca Teatro ZA, in partnership with De Beers, recently donated sanitary towels to learners of the Zingiza Intermediate School. From the left are Garth Irwin of De Beers, Nthabiseng Jobela, Onalenna Lemphote, Vuyelwa Kase, Dimakatso Likoebe and Pondo Vika of Amandla Danca Teatro ZA, as well as Simangele Soni of De Beers.Photo: Supplied

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Learners of the Zingiza Intermediate School are among those of disadvantaged schools whose dignity was restored through a project of Amandla Danca Teatro ZA.

Through this non-government organisation, girls benefitted from its 2018 Amantombazane Ethu Sanitary Towels Project.

The success of the project is largely due to De Beers and the Diamond Integrity Team, who were reported to have donated sanitary towels to the value of R40 600 as part of its back-to-school programme.

According to Lebogang Mphaka, the senior community relations prac­titioner, employees ran the campaign through which they personally do­nated to the non-profit organisations of their choice (school shoes, stationary, school bags and sanitary towels).

Amandla Danca Teatro ZA is an Afro musical theatre academy that focuses on education and community development through working with girls of different schools around Kimberley, providing basic health education and life skills.

Disadvantaged learners of Emang Mmogo, Vuyolwethu, St Boniface, Kimberley Technical High School, Sol Plaatje Intermediate, Tetlanyo and Greenpoint also benefitted from the initiative.

The project was initiated to reduce the absenteeism and school drop-out rate among young girls without access to affordable sanitary products, as well as to raise awareness around women’s health, as millions of South African school girls do not have access to sanitary pads due to their cost.

“This drive was inspired by a great need within the community for sanitary towels for young girls from impoverished families.”

Simangele Soni, acting operations manager of De Beers Sight Holder Sales South Africa, expressed her pride in witnessing the wonderful work and the meaningful difference that the youth of Amandla Danca Teatro SA is making in the communities.

She highlighted De Beers’ pride in supporting initiatives such as these in making a positive difference through partnerships in the communities in which it operates.

“I commend the Department of Education for the continued annual support and the partnership we enjoy in supporting programmes of national priority to improve the lives of the disadvantaged learners in the socio-economic space,” said Soni.

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