CPUT stu­dent's pad drive for high school girls

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AF­TER notic­ing girls in his high school who did not have ac­cess to san­i­tary pads dur­ing men­stru­a­tion, Siba­balwe Nqamla, a BTech quan­tity sur­vey­ing stu­dent at CPUT, started a san­i­tary pad drive to bring dig­nity to young girls.

“I come from a dis­ad­van­taged back­ground and back at high school I would see how a girl gets em­bar­rassed and emo­tional when they messed their pants and dresses. I have a sis­ter and even though we strug­gled at home she was for­tu­nate that my mother could af­ford san­i­tary pads. I wanted to help other girls but didn’t know how,” said Nqamla.

He said that last year he got to­gether with his friends to start the ini­tia­tive. They cre­ated aware­ness by talk­ing about it but he felt that was not enough.

“I wanted to be prac­ti­cal so I used my pocket money to buy as many pads I could. I also alerted peo­ple about my ini­tia­tive and peo­ple do­nated boxes of pads. Peo­ple can in­box me and do­nate if they want to see Do­nate a Pad Project (DAPP) help­ing more girls.”

Nqamla col­lected around 100 packs of san­i­tary tow­els and with the as­sis­tance of CPUT’s stu­dent af­fairs depart­ment, handed six boxes to Ma­si­bam­bisane High School in Delft.

Re­ceiv­ing the packs, deputy prin­ci­pal of Ma­si­bam­bisane High School Nom­fundo Mzazi said the school was grate­ful be­cause they only had one pack left from a pre­vi­ous do­na­tion.

“A num­ber of girls need to be as­sisted daily; the ma­jor­ity of them come from dis­ad­van­taged homes. We had a se­ri­ous prob­lem of girls miss­ing school up un­til their cy­cle ends be­cause back at home they don’t have pads and don’t want to mess the only uni­form they have. We de­cided to give them more than one pad for them to be able to change even at home,” Mzazi said.

GRATE­FUL: Nom­fundo Mzazi, deputy prin­ci­pal of Ma­si­bam­bisane High School in Delft, with Siba­balwe Nqamla.

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