Re-us­able pads pads to keep girls in school

African Times - - News - PIET RAMPEDI

HUN­DREDS of young girls from Or­lando in Soweto, Johannesburg were given dig­nity and their prides re­stored while mak­ing sure they never miss a day of school.

This came in the form of re-us­able san­i­tary pads that were handed out at an or­phan­age in the area as part of do­na­tions from a part­ner­ship be­tween dif­fer­ent com­pa­nies.

EDS Projects, Power Foods to­gether with Para­con, the

ICT Re­sourc­ing Divi­sion of Ad­corp Pro­fes­sional Services and Palesa Pads joined hands to as­sist iKa­geng, a com­mu­nity based or­gan­i­sa­tion that cares for or­phaned and vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren in and around Soweto with food and dig­nity packs.

Julie Davies said it was an ed­u­ca­tional out­ing that in­cluded fun for the chil­dren from the or­phan­age and they also got to learn about their menstrual cy­cles and how to ad­e­quately deal with the changes that hap­pen to their bod­ies.

With re­gards to the packs handed out, she said: “It con­sisted of high qual­ity re-us­able pads which can be washed and used again. The girls were taught how their menstrual cy­cles work and how best to utilise the pads. There were other var­i­ous toi­letries in each dig­nity pack.”

Ac­cord­ing to re­search, many girls in Africa miss 3-5 days of school each month be­cause they can­not af­ford san­i­tary pads. Most girls even­tu­ally end up drop­ping out of school al­to­gether.

Davies added that the pads also helped to re­duce the costs associated with the monthly buy­ing of pads.

“You can use them for a cou­ple of hours, wash them and put them back in your bag to use at a later stage when you need them. Their life span is years, they can ac­tu­ally last the user for as many years as she needs to use them. They re­duce the costs of pads dras­ti­cally,” said Davies.

Palesa Re­us­able Pads can be used for up to 5 years, for less than 20% of the cost of dis­pos­able pads.

The com­pany be­hind the pads said for many fam­i­lies, ba­sic sur­vival is a pri­or­ity and there sim­ply isn’t enough money in the bud­get to buy pads ev­ery month.

“Palesa Re­us­able San­i­tary Pads pro­vide a sus­tain­able so­lu­tion for up to 5 years which is a girl’s high school ca­reer. Palesa Pads can, of course, be worn by women as well.The tremen­dous sav­ings on san­i­tary prod­ucts con­trib­ute to the fi­nan­cial well-be­ing of their fam­i­lies,” the com­pany said.

Davies ap­pealed to other com­pa­nies to em­bark on such ac­tiv­i­ties to give the less for­tu­nate some­thing to smile about and to look for­ward to.

“This kind of packs give the re­cip­i­ents pride and dig­nity. They are also able to ac­tively par­tic­i­pate in day to day ac­tiv­i­ties like any other child,” she said.

DIG­NITY RE­STORED: Hun­dreds of school girls from Or­lando in Soweto have been given re-us­able san­i­tary pads

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