City Press helps keep girls in school

CityPress - - News - If you would like to help the com­mu­nity, please con­tact them di­rectly: mo­gasie@web­ or 072 363 0885 To read more about Mtha­batha’s project, visit­chives/City-Press/How-tospread-it-Miracle-tree-bears-fruit-20150430

Last month, City Press pho­tog­ra­pher Leon Sadiki drove the more than 300km to Ga-Mphahlele in Lim­popo to de­liver 180 Dig­nity Dreams packs to the girls, who are among the more than 250 chil­dren at the Sedikong Sa Ler­ato cen­tre for vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren.

The cen­tre was started by Mavis Matha­batha, who still strug­gles to keep the place go­ing, and who fea­tured as part of City Press’ How To Spread It series, which cel­e­brates African phi­lan­thropy.

City Press de­cided that our char­ity ef­forts must be, as much as pos­si­ble, fo­cused on those or­gan­i­sa­tions or fam­i­lies who have fea­tured in City Press, as they are part of our greater com­mu­nity.

The imperative of keeping girl chil­dren in school is eas­ily solved with a lit­tle po­lit­i­cal will; un­til then, those who can, must do. This is why we de­cided that re­mov­ing one ob­sta­cle – miss­ing school due to men­stru­a­tion – to these girls’ get­ting their ed­u­ca­tion was what we’d do.

Dig­nity Dreams is an or­gan­i­sa­tion that pro­vides young women with re­us­able, en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly san­i­tary wear that lasts for three years.

Matha­batha said: “Thanks very much for the won­der­ful work you are do­ing for Sedikong Sa Ler­ato; may God bless this City Press team abun­dantly.”


Mavis Matha­batha with some of the young women who at­tend her cen­tre in ru­ral Lim­popo. City Press bought and de­liv­ered re­us­able san­i­tary wear as a con­tri­bu­tion to the com­mu­nity

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