Pads change pupil’s lives

The PJ Jafta Foundation donated more than 1000 packs of sanitary pads at WB Rubusana and Bulelani Senior Secondary Schools last week.

Member, Thandolwethu Petelo, said the vision of the non-profit organisation was to improve the lives of young people in under-privileged areas and to uplift the black child. “The drive was to help young girls prosper. We all know that when girls reach their menstrual cycle without having any sanitary towels they do not attend school. Also, pupils are preparing for the upcoming examinations and we would not want them to miss school because of this. We decided to knock on doors requesting donations and one of our main donors, who we thank, is Dr Pinzi’s entire medical practice.”

Petelo said the foundation was planning to have the sanitary pad initiative annually and hoped to reach out to other areas in need. “We come from different backgrounds and are faced with different situations which sometimes hinder the process of learning. As a child you should not be worried about such obstacles. So the foundation is trying to change that and help scholars reach their full potential,” she said.

WB Rubusana principal, Andile Njokwana, who appreciated the donation, said the foundation had been consistently supportive and had assisted the school. “School attendance among young girls is affected. The donation will contribute to reducing the rate of absenteeism and we are happy that the foundation has assisted in this form,” said Njokwana.

Bulelani principal, Zine May, said the donation showed that pupils were greatly valued. “Our pupils come from disadvantaged communities. Women’s Month started on a positive note for them. Menstruation can be an uncomfortable topic for them. The donation will also improve their personal hygiene because now they will change their pads regularly.”

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