Foun­da­tion’s san­i­tary towel drive to pupils

Go! & Express - - IN KING - SIVENATHI GOSA

BUF­FALO FLATS res­i­dent, Dinika Rooy, 29, has es­tab­lished a foun­da­tion to make sure a young girl’s ed­u­ca­tion is not af­fected by the on­set of men­stru­a­tion.

Rooy founded Keep a Girl in School on Au­gust 15 last year af­ter she was ap­proached by a a young girl who was ex­pe­ri­enc­ing her first men­strual cy­cle, but didn’t have the money to buy san­i­tary tow­els.

“Af­ter meet­ing this girl, I spoke with col­leagues and asked them to buy an ex­tra packet of san­i­tary tow­els when they were do­ing their gro­cery shop­ping.

“That led me to start this ini­tia­tive be­cause af­ter I was ap­proached by that lit­tle girl, it

made me think that there are more girls in our com­mu­ni­ties like her who are fac­ing sim­i­lar chal­lenges,” said Rooy.

She said her main fo­cus was to bring hope to young school­girls and give them an op­por­tu­nity to be free to par­tic­i­pate in daily school ac­tiv­i­ties with­out feel­ing

ashamed or em­bar­rassed about their sit­u­a­tion.

“In some in­stances, these young girls suf­fer from stress and de­pres­sion as a re­sult of fear and hu­mil­i­a­tion.

“Due to the lack of san­i­tary pads, school­girls of­ten use un­hy­gienic meth­ods which in­clude cot­ton wool,

news­pa­per, socks, tow­els, old rag cloth and toi­let paper as sub­sti­tutes,” she said.

Rooy said Keep a Girl in School did not only dis­trib­ute san­i­tary pads but also ed­u­cated school­girls on changes in their body so they could be aware and ready for it when it oc­curred.

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KEEP­ING GIRLS IN SCHOOL: Pupils of Nom­pumelelo Pri­mary School re­ceive san­i­tary tow­els from Keep A Girl or­gan­i­sa­tion

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