BasadiPele wants to give hope to young girls, we want to give them the opportunity to be free, to participate in daily activities, not to feel shamed or embarrassed, and we want to empower them- all with sanitary pads. They will have their dignity back, through this initiative.
For many of us, buying sanitary pads is as easy as buying bread and milk. But this is not the case for millions of girls and young women in South Africa. They are at a permanent disadvantage as they are forced to stay at home as they are unable to afford this basic necessity.
Girls use unhygienic alternatives to sanitary pads, such as newspapers or pieces of cloth. Doing this puts them at a huge risk of infection. And, according to Barnes, of the nine million girls aged between 13 and 19 years in South Africa, “80% of those were missing a week of school every month…That’s just time you can’t make up and its affecting their education.’’
Through the intervention girls and young women in our communities will attend school while they are menstruating.
We have identified 4 schools in Soweto where we will be rolling out the initiative to address the needs of girl children and young women.
The schools are as follows:
1 High Schools: Mmusi High School
2 Primary Schools: Farisani Primary School and Khandukuhle Primary School
1 Abet School: Diepkloof Community Centre