Dozens of pupils joyfully walked home carrying sanitary towels donated courtesy of Hands of the Givers organisation on September 23.
Residents of Ntwane and Molepane benefited together with Monapanape primary school, Phiri’a gae secondary school and Molepane high school.
Beneficiaries were lined up during their lunch time to get their share from proud Hands of the Givers team.
Donated 265 sanitary pads came after the organisation realised absenteeism of learners at schools believed to be impacted and cause by lack of access to menstrual hygiene resources, which unable women in particular to succeed, according to the funder of the organisation, Onius Moganedi said.
“There is nothing that makes us happier than putting a smile on child’s face,” said Onius
The distribution was monitored and sponsored by Lekwelaruri investment, Chabane health promoters, Mogomatse investment holdings, Jane Furse builders supply, Jane Furse Pick N Pay, Rakgoadi Bakery andTau tse Moleng holdings.
“The organisation decided to organise individuals, entrepreneurs and sponsors to donate sanitary towels to us so that we could distribute them to underprivileged learners.
“We started to donate sanitary pads on August 2020 but honestly it is the first time we embarked on such a successful programme and all feedback was welcomed with regard to progress and experience,” explained Onious.
He said initiative to donate sanitary towels were not only crucial to restore the dignity of many indigent female pupils, but also serve to address undue hardship and other educational barriers female pupils face in schools
The organisation promised that putting a smile on vulnerable children will not end at Ntwana but it would continue to donate until December 2020.
“For those who were unable to receive sanitary towels may reach out to us for free donations,” he adds.
He said menstrual hygiene had only been mentioned in a limited way through ambiguous allusion.
“This mainly due to the taboo surrounding menstruation, in part a legacy of a patriarchal culture and the disempowerment of women living in poverty,” said Onius
Contributors opted to take part in the programme run by Hands of the Givers as it helps vulnerable children.
Onious thanked his members, Makwe Mashilo (treasurer) and Connie Moganedi (secretary), sponsors and the entire community.
But he is unhappy because Mashegoanyane primary school in Mokwete disappointed his team by not giving them permission to distribute the sanitary towel to the learners.
“As programme we believe school management at Mashegoanyane deprived basic need for female learners. It is in justice and we will take this matter to the higher offices,” said
Monapanape principal, Phafane Mashilo acknowledged the distribution of sanitary towel at schools.