City Press helps keep girls in school
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