According to a survey conducted in 2010 by Stats SA, at least 60% of South African girls and women cannot afford to purchase any form of sanitary protection. As a consequence, young girls may lose up to 50 days of schooling per year. As you can imagine, this has a major impact on their academic performance and ultimately their ability to pass their grade.
The need to ensure that these girls do not miss school cannot be stressed enough but what is equally pressing is the need for these girls to be able to face their time of the month with dignity.
A school in the Parkside area of East London has been identified that currently has 40 girls in need of assistance. The aim is to provide the girls with a year’s supply of sanitary towels and we’re getting onboard to help Sanitary Sistas do just that.
The cost involved to provide the school with a month’s supply for all 40 girls is R850, which includes 15 sanitary towels each that we’ve repacked into brown bags. If the sanitary towels are provided in the packaging as they are sold it has been found that the parents of these girls resell them in order to make money – hence why we have repacked them.