Touched by the plight of young girls who often have to miss school because they lack sanitary pads when it’s ‘that time of the month’, a woman has visited her old school to plough back.
Thandi Mavuka, a quality manager at Unilever SA based in Boksburg, matriculated from Town Two’s Thembelihle Secondary School in 2000.
Thandi’s idea to give was stimulated after learning of the plight of girls in schools around Jozi.
“I am very passionate about the global goals, that by 2030 there should be good health and well-being as well as good quality education,” she said.
This made her to think more about giving back home in Khayelitsha and she happened to read a story that pointed that many girls do not attend school when in periods because they do not have sanitary towels, deodorants and soap.
“This affects affects their academic results,” she told City Vision last week.
In June, she contacted Thembelihle SS principal Bongani Mfikili and secretary Noluthando Ncumani, who supported her initiative wholeheartedly.
August being a month dedicated to women, Thandi, was allowed to visit the school and talk about hygiene and life in general.
On August 10 she spoke to about 440 girls, motivating them and also showing them how to be ladies and yet do well at school.
“We spent time talking about respect and where it all begins. The reaction was quite positive and the learners showed appreciation,” she said.
Each girl was then issued with sanitary towels, a deodorant spray and body soap.
Thandi plans to go back to the school at least once a year and see where she can help.
She thanked her hubby, Zola, who supported this idea from day one and assisted in ensuring that it becomes a reality, her sisters “Zanele and Vuyo, including my mom Nowonga Booi, who spent hours preparing the parcels for the girls, and our father Mbuyiselo Booi, who ensured that we get to the school safe.
“I would like to also thank the Thembelihle Secondary school team, Mfikili, Noluthando, Hlomela, Raas, Rosenburg and the school girls for giving me their time,” she said.
. Two days after Thandi had visited her school, members of the 9SAI Batallion Military camp also brought similar gifts to the schoolgirls, under the command of Chaplain Vass and Captain Vester.
School headmaster Mfikili thanked all of them saying it was a good gesture.
“Our children come from depressed homes and the efforts of people like Thandi and the military personnel leave us with profound appreciation. The girls have learnt a lot from the visit,” said Mfikili.