For many of us, buying toiletries is as easy as buying bread and milk. But this is not the case for millions of girls 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.
As a result, about 7 million girls in South Africa aged between 11 - 19 miss on average four - five days of school every month which is over a month in a year, meaning they fall behind in class and sometimes even drop out of school altogether.
Those who do want to stay in school are forced to use unhygienic alternatives to sanitary pads, such as newspaper or even sand and leaves, or sitting on cow patties. Doing this puts them at a huge risk of infection.
Menstruation is a natural process that girls and women will go through at some point in their lives. It’s disheartening that something as natural as a period can result in girls and women being embarrassed, disempowered and facing serious health challenges because of their financial situation.
The goal is to assist 500 girls restore their dignity by donating these very basic toiletries.
$8 will help a girl with toiletries a year
We’re collecting sanitary pads, wash rags, soaps, deodorant etc.
Thank you so much for your support 💫