Reusable sanitary pads donated to schoolgirls

17 November 2020 | Local News

Rössing Uranium partnered with AnnPads Namibia recently donated reusable sanitary pads to the girl child of the Willem Borchard Primary School at Okombahe.

The donation is part of the mine’s outreach projects.

Okombahe is a settlement in the Dâures constituency of the Erongo region.

Hermine Bertolini of AnnPads Namibia did a presentation on the socioeconomic and psychological impact the menstrual cycle has on learners.

The presentation was done with the girls and the boys at the school as the issue at hand impacts both genders.

The partnership includes training for five girls on how to make their own sanitary pads and also to train their peers.

The school has 104 girls in grades 5-7, the pubescent group the Rössing initiative focused on.

Speaking at the handover, Rössing Uranium’s manager for partnerships, communication and external affairs Daylight Ekandjo, said this donation is in support of the ministry of education’s initiative to keep the girl child in school - even on the days she is menstruating.

“Girls tend to stay out of school during their menstrual cycle if they do not have the required sanitary pads to attend to their needs. Continuous reports on this situation have prompted us to also contribute to government’s efforts of helping the girl child stay in school and ultimately complete their education.”

The support at Okombahe is for both the Primary and the Junior Secondary school.

Due to preparations for their examinations, the JSS learners could not attend but an AnnPad package and a starter kit was left for their benefit.

They will teach five learners and their teacher from the primary school how to make their own pads. This will ensure that the schools can make reusable pads for own use and generate an income by using the acquired skill to make pads for others who might need them.

Rössing Uranium said it will continue to support the communities in which it operates and beyond.

“It is our sincere hope that this donation to the girl child from Willem Borchard will make a difference in their lives.”

AnnPads Namibia’s Bertolini said they aim to reach the girl child mostly in rural areas to empower them through such initiatives.

“I am pleased to have partnered with Rössing on this initiative, as this also helped us educate the boy child through our presentations on menstruation. We found great value from the engagements with the learners, as they showed willingness to learn,” she said.

Speaking on behalf of the school, Principle Elias Uusiku said the school appreciates the initiative.

Rössing Uranium’s support towards this initiative is linked to Goals 10, 12 and 17 of the Sustainable Development Goals.

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