“Sanitary pads help keep school girls healthy and in class during that time of the month.” These words came from the former vice captain of Banyana Banyana and founder of the Evah Mokwape Foundation, who recently donated sanitary pads and held educational talks with learners of Koos Matli Primary School in Mamelodi East, Eva Mokwape.
Mokwape said they made the generous donations to the school working together with Struggle Kindly Motivate and in partnership with MTN last week Saturday. The aim of the event was to provide sanitary products to pre-teen girls and teenagers attending schools around Mamelodi and its surrounding areas.
“The event was not only attended by learners but also by parents. The learners were educated on what is happening monthly with their bodies, menstruation circle and so forth,” said Mokwape. The founder of the foundation also mentioned that across South Africa, many girls even before the pandemic, missed out on schooling every month because of menstruation due to lack of sanitary products.
“As our communities’ grapple with the unfortunate reality brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic, the direct impact has had a tremendous socio-economic effect,” said Mokwape. “Another issue we were discussing with the learners was menstrual hygiene and how to manage personal hygiene during their menstruation period and how to dispose of products.”
Evah Mokwape Foundation was started in 2017 with the aim to help young stars in different sporting codes as well as assisting the community with daily social issues. “Now it is no longer necessary for the girls to bunk classes,” she said. Earlier this year, the organisation donated school shoes and uniforms to needy learners identified by their teachers. Mokwape said the donations will encourage learners to look forward to going to school every day with no worries walking tall.
Anyone who wishes to help Evah Mokwape Foundation may contact Eva Mokwape on 082 216 4925. #ladi_jaja?
By: Mpho Khena.