A dig­ni­fied cause worth sup­port­ing

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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.

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– Staff

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