800 girls receive year’s supply of free sanitary towels

A packet of sanitary towels donated by sponsors to school girls.

On February 2, approximately 800 girls from Gatang Secondary School and 200 girls from Bajabulile Primary School in Mamelodi received a year’s supply of free sanitary towels.

The handover was made possible thanks to a generous donation of R180 000 by Innovative Solutions Group.

The donation will go a long way in reducing absenteeism among disadvantaged girls fearful of being ridiculed and embarrassed because of their menstruation.

The donation was sufficient to buy 12 000 packs of pads from Mimi Women, South Africa’s first and only black female owned sanitary pad company.

Sanitary towels put in special brown bags for each learner.

Sanitary towels put in special brown bags for each learner.

Mimi Women founder and CEO Ramona Kasavan recognised that menstruation should not result in girls missing days of school, exams and ultimately on a career.

Mimi’s distribution of affordable sanitary pads is made possible through the aid of corporate sponsorship.

Mimi Women founder and CEO Ramona Kasavan.

Mimi Women founder and CEO Ramona Kasavan.

Liza Trollip, Innovative Solutions Group Director responsible for Corporate Social Investment (CSI), said: “When we heard of the consequences these girls face, simply because of their need for sanitary pads, we realised this was one of the most meaningful ways we could employ our CSI education spend.”

Liza Trollip, Innovative Solutions Group Director.

Liza Trollip, Innovative Solutions Group Director.

Innovation Solutions Group employs more than 6,000 staff and is closely involved in the communities they live in.

“We realise no single organisation can solve poverty in its entirety, and our policy is to partner with other like-minded bodies such as Mimi. Together, we can empower the young women and future leaders of South Africa by keeping them in school and subsequently helping them to get an education.

“We hope that through our sponsorship, these girls will not have to worry about using old rags as a substitute pad, entertain a ‘blesser’ or have yet another sleepless night because they are worried about how much school they will miss due to their monthly period,” continues Trollip.

Trollip added that donating to Mimi was an immediate way we could help improve the education in the Mamelodi community, where many of our employees live.

“There should now be no reason for these 1,000 girls to miss out on school days because of their period. We are thankful that the Innovative Solutions Group is in a position to contribute meaningfully towards the future of South Africa’s youth,” concludes Trollip.

A school learner feeling excited to receive sanitary towels.

A school learner feeling excited to receive sanitary towels.

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