MOUTSE – To restore rural girls’ dignity and equally importantly, keep them in schools, Gobakwang Mosehla from New Stand in Dennilton outside Groblersdal has embarked on a noble mission to donate sanitary towels to young girls around Moutse villages.
Through her Non-Profit Organization (NPO), Sandangothando, Gobakwang is donating sanitary towels to over 160 young girls on monthly basis to make a meaningful difference in their lives.
Gobakwang said the idea was sparked by a plea she received from a girl who was forced to miss classes because she wasn’t having any money to buy sanitary towels.
She said she started the initiative in 2018 after she was touched by the young girl’s plight and immediately gave her help so she could attend school.
Gobakwang added that she then started a fundraising programme that was aimed at availing sanitary towels to local schools.
“I took it upon myself and started this initiative, I approached teachers, focusing on disadvantaged girls, and they liked the idea. Since then the number of beneficiaries started to increase and that’s when I have realized there was a need for such a campaign in order for these girls not to miss classes. It is pity because a lot of young girls enter a new menstrual cycle every month without really knowing when and how they will get their next pad,” she said.
Gobakwang says she uses different social media platforms and organise fun walks to fundraise for the drive.
“People responded positively to the campaign and started donating voluntarily in numbers. They play a significant role and making a difference in community upliftment,” she said.
She indicated that the NPO will now donate toiletries to boys and girls from disadvantaged local communities.
“This campaign will be rolled out targeting young boys and girls from poor households to curb absenteeism and eventually to prevent crime committed by young boys with the aim of buying toiletries. This uncertainty can immensely hamper the confidence and progress of children while at school. My aim is to restore dignity of these young people, especially girls as they could get infections from using cloths and toilet papers when they have no sanitary towels,” she said.
She said the sanitary towels are collected from her home as a result unintended consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“I personally deliver sanitary pads to those who are staying in other villages to ensure that they have them every time they are on their periods,” she said. People who wish to donate to the initiative can communicate with Gobakwang on WhatsApp at 066 187 8895.