Eshane leads in sanitary pad project

2018-02-21 06:02
Eshane community member busy manufacturing washable sanitary pads in the NGC project for local schoolgirls.

Eshane community member busy manufacturing washable sanitary pads in the NGC project for local schoolgirls.

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THOUSANDS and thousands of schoolgirls, particularly in the rural disadvantaged areas, miss out valuable days at school through lack of finance to purchase sanitary towels on a monthly basis.

Projects, commercial and community orientated, have been established throughout the country manufacturing washable and re-useable sanitary towels, and two weeks ago such a project was launched in Eshane by Nobuhle Kubheka of NGC, a non-profit company, operating to uplift rural and disadvantaged communities through encouraging self-employment.

But this is not the first time she has done this.

In 2014 Nobuhle was recognised by KZN and awarded Young Achiever of the Year in terms of her entrepreneurial successful projects, Sfunulwazi Computer School and Ungqo Herbal Petroleum Jelly.

Greytown youth were involved in these projects.

At the Eshane launch, ten local community members were trained — five women with sewing skills and machines, and five younger ladies who will assist with the cutting. The bags containing the pads will be distributed at Eshane Primary School and Maqhinga Memorial High School. The girls will each receive a drawstring bag with six re-useable pads, three panties and accessories.

These washable, reusable sanitary pads have a three-year life span and have been tested and approved by the SABS.

The provision of these pads to disadvantaged school girls breaks the barriers that menstruation creates in their lives and enables them to stay in school and participate in their daily lives with confidence. Many girls have missed days of school as families cannot afford to purchase sanitary pads monthly — for them it is often a choice between affording food or these toiletries.

This is such an important project with long term positive implications for all the schoolgirls who have had to miss days of schooling.

Sponsorship would be greatly appreciated — not only to help the young girls but also those working in the manufacture of the pads and accessories.

For sponsorship details contact NGC Enterprise Development Zone on 033 342 1464 or 082 705 7923 or

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