Project Dignity visits Newton Pre-Vocational School
Project Dignity visited Newton Pre-Vocational School in Pietermaritzburg on Thursday, 2 February 2017. Thanks to funds raised by One Life Church in Pietermaritzburg following the Sparkle Conference, Project Dignity and Subz were able to distribute 160 packs to all the girls in the school. The girls were very receptive to the talks on menstruation and puberty and had many questions to ask. Mooi Mthethwa provided the girls with motivational advice on the importance of looking after themselves and their bodies to ensure that they achieve their own goals in life.
Each young girl received a Subz Pants and Pads menstrual management kit which includes two pairs of panties, as well as six reusable sanitary pads that will last the girls for the next three to five years.
The girls were very excited about the new product and thoroughly enjoyed the educational talk.
The non-profit extension of Subz Pants and Pads, Project Dignity, seeks to vastly improve the lives of school-going girls by donating sponsored packs of reusable, eco-friendly sanitary pads and accompanying panties. The organisation was established after founder, Sue Barnes, learned about the negative educational impact a lack of sanitary products is having on thousands of school children.
Financial limitations mean no funds for sanitary pads so girls are missing school during menstruation.
Project Dignity has done numerous activations in both KwaZulu-Natal, and across the country, whereby donations are made and talks given on a number of issues affecting young women, particularly in rural areas. Along the way, organisations with similar motivations have lent support, participating in the activations.
Developed, designed and manufactured by Barnes, the Subz pads are made of five layers of hydrophilic fabric making them extremely absorbent to prevent leakage. Together with the 100% cotton panties, they are patented and have a SABS absorbency approval.
Being able to provide these for girls means a lot to Barnes because, for many girls in South Africa, their menstruation cycle forces them to miss school for a week every month, which becomes a massive setback in their school careers. “For some of them, their education is interrupted for 25 percent of the school year,” explained Barnes. “Any spare money the family has is spent on food rather than sanitary products.”