Subz Pants and Pads, also known as Project Dignity, brought joy and smiles to the young ladies of Mshwathi Primary School and Siphiwe Secondary School in Ndwedwe by presenting them with reusable sanitary pads, recently.
The beautiful girls together with staff of the respective schools were delighted that they were chosen to be the beneficiaries of the innovative project, which aims to reduce absenteeism and dropout rates in school due to the lack of sanitary pads.
Since the inception of the sterling programme, thousands of girls have positively benefitted and have learned a great deal about various aspects such as puberty, menstruation and also hygiene and personal care during this time.
They girls were even provided with motivational advice on the importance of looking after themselves and their bodies to ensure that they achieve their own goals in life. The project was a tremendous success.
More about Subz Pants and Pads:
A 2013 UNICEF report found that a tenth of African school going girls were missing 25 percent of their education, or dropping out, because of a lack of menstrual sanitation products.
To reduce school absenteeism and improve educational benefits of these young girls, KwaZulu-Natal resident, Sue Barnes, developed Subz Pants and Pads, a reusable, eco-friendly sanitary pad that clips onto a 100 percent cotton panty which lasts a minimum of five years.
Project Dignity, the non-profit extension of the organisation, distributes sponsored Subz packs to girls in schools and communities in rural areas across the country, empowering these teenagers through education and access to sanitary wear. For more information or to get involved, visit www.subzpads.co.za