Dinika drives san­i­tary towel project

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AFTER be­ing ap­proached by a shy young girl in her neigh­bour­hood about san­i­tary tow­els , Dinika Rooy has started the Keep a Girl in School ini­tia­tive.

The Buf­falo Flats res­i­dent said: “She was so em­bar­rassed as she didn't have the nec­es­sary means to get san­i­tary tow­els for her­self.

“It just soft­ened my heart to think of the many other young girls in our community fac­ing sim­i­lar chal­lenges and not at­tend­ing school due to these cir­cum­stances.”

The ini­tia­tive aims to pro­vide fem­i­nine hy­giene prod­ucts to dis­ad­van­taged school girls within the Buf­falo City Met­ro­pol­i­tan re­gion through do­na­tions from community mem­bers.

“Ap­prox­i­mately seven mil­lion school girls in South Africa miss out on 25% of learn­ing dur­ing a school year due to not hav­ing ac­cess or money for san­i­tary prod­ucts when on their men­strual cy­cle,” Rooy said.

“I had to do some­thing, so I men­tioned it to my col­leagues and asked them to add a packet of san­i­tary tow­els when do­ing their gro­cery shop­ping. I also shared this to my groups and friends on What­sapp and Face­book and I've re­ceived an over­whelm­ing re­sponse,” the 28-year-old said.

Rooy is call­ing on any­one who can spare as little as R10 to keep a girl in school. There­after Rooy will pick a dis­ad­van­taged school in the Buf­falo City Metro and dis­trib­ute the san­i­tary tow­els to that school.

Though still in its be­gin­ning stages, Rooy hopes the ini­tia­tive will gain sup­port and mo­men­tum in or­der to help many girls stay in school. “I want to en­cour­age and help school girls to stay in school and ob­tain an ed­u­ca­tion and strive to be­come em­pow­ered, lead­ing women of this coun­try,” Rooy said.

For any­one in­ter­ested in be­com­ing in­volved in any way, please visit the Keep a Girl in School Face­book page or con­tact Rooy on 074-804-5010.

Pic­ture: RYAN ROSE

HELP­ING HAND: Dinika Rooy has started the Keep a Girl in School ini­tia­tive. Her project aims to col­lect san­i­tary tow­els for un­der­priv­i­leged school girls, en­cour­ag­ing them to stay in school

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