Tag-A-Child helps lo­cal pupils

Grocott's Mail - - NEWS - By OGONE MOKOBE

This past week­end, Ashia Nkontsa from the Tag A Child or­gan­i­sa­tion col­lected do­na­tions of san­i­tary pads for lo­cal schools with un­der­priv­i­leged pupils. With the school year just start­ing, ini­tia­tives like TAC have got the 2018 aca­demic year off to a healthy start for lo­cal young women.

Nkontsa is orig­i­nally from eRhini. Her pas­sion for youth drove her to be­gin the Tag A Child (TAC) or­gan­i­sa­tion. This or­gan­i­sa­tion was founded in 2016 with the aim of help­ing un­der­priv­i­leged pupils in eRhini and sur­round­ing ar­eas. Al­though TAC is not yet a reg­is­tered non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion, their work has had a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

The Sista Sis­ter San­i­tary Pro­gramme is an ini­tia­tive started by TAC. San­i­tary pads are col­lected from com­mu­nity mem­bers and dis­trib­uted to pupils in need. This ini­tia­tive is not only about meet­ing the phys­i­cal needs of the learn­ers, how­ever, but about form­ing re­la­tion­ships through men­tor­ship projects in order to as­sist pupils in their de­vel­op­ment.

Vol­un­teers from Rhodes Univer­sity and Ra­dio Gra­ham­stown as­sist Nkontsa in host­ing work­shops for pupils to ed­u­cate them on sex­ual health, per­sonal hy­giene and changes that take place dur­ing pu­berty. Through the Sista Sis­ter San­i­tary Pro­gramme, TAC is es­sen­tially re­turn­ing a sense of dig­nity to the pupils.

Many of the pub­lic schools do not have ad­e­quate li­brary ser­vices, so TAC also col­lects books and hosts read­ing work­shops to en­cour­age read­ing.

AC wel­comes do­na­tions in form of cloth­ing, san­i­tary pads and books. To find out more please con­tact Ashia Nkontsa at

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