A dignified cause worth supporting
Can you imagine the humiliation of going to school and having to use rags, socks or paper as your only protection while you are at the end of your menstrual cycle?
Sadly, this is a reality faced by more than 4 million South African schoolgirls, simply because they cannot afford to buy sanitary products.
Entering womanhood should be a time of celebration and joy – not pain and shame.
It is also not fair for these girls to use unhygienic materials or have to stay at home for a week every month.
The lack of access to sanitary products, inadequate menstrual health education and inadequate sanitation facilities is not an issue that affects girls alone – it is a human rights and developmental issue because, unless we nurture these girls, they will never have the opportunity to reach their full potential and will be trapped in a cycle of poverty and deprivation.
You can help by donating to Dignity Dreams, an organisation that distributes reusable sanitary packs to girls in need in the Free State, Limpopo, North West, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal.
The cost of each pack is R150, is approved by the SABS and lasts for five years. It contains six waterproof pads, three pairs of underwear, an instruction sheet and a drawstring bag.
Every time you donate to Dignity Dreams, you are helping to:
Empower our schoolgirls – they deserve to enter womanhood with confidence and knowledge.
Enable small business – currently, there are 18 historically disadvantaged and unemployed women who sew Dignity Dreams pads and bags.
These women “own” their businesses because Dignity Dreams purchases their stock.
Care for our environment – traditional sanitary towels and tampons are clogging up our landfills and polluting our environment.
A woman’s period normally lasts for five days, and most girls and women use five sanitary towels per day – five towels x five days = 25 per month.
This means that over a five-year period, 1 500 soiled towels will end up in landfills.
By supporting this initiative, what may seem like a small project can have a huge positive effect in several ways.