Church offers a ray of light to young women

Happy faces from the girls of Fairview Primary School.

But now His Light Church, formerly Barberton Christian Church, have teamed up with Fairview Primary School to bring relief to schoolgirls.

Last Wednesday morning, the church supplied reusable sanitary packs to all the girls at the school.

Thea Mitchell from His Light Church, who designed the Imbali reusable sanitary pads, explained that these pads are designed to provide effective protection for 12 months.

She said this makes them a cost-effective and eco-friendly solution for most of the underprivileged learners.

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“The design is an all-in-one pad that buttons securely into underwear. After use, the pad folds conveniently for easy storage before washing. Each pad can be in use for up to six hours,” she said.

Mitchell said the main purpose of the project was to provide the girls with sanitary towels.

“Most of these underprivileged girls miss school for at least four days each month because of menstruation. These issues are not talked about in our societies due to embarrassment and lack of understanding,” added Mitchell.

Each learner received a bucket filled with six reusable pads, a carry bag, bath and wash soups and a plastic bag.

The pads were designed by Mitchell and sewed by volunteers from the Yami NPO.

It was also explained to the learners that after the designated six hours, a learner should change into a clean pad and wash the one she was previously wearing before hanging it to dry.

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They were also advised to always carry a bag to hold the fresh and used ones. After removing the used cloth pad, one can fold it and put it inside a neat little package that can be slipped into the bag. Once home, they can remove the used pad, wash it and hang to dry for reuse.

The school principal, Agnes Mgabhi, said girls missing school was a major problem, and one that greatly concerned them as educators.

She said they do, however, assist girls with pads raised through donations, though they were not sufficient.

“These reusable pads are a long-term solution. We do sometimes assist girls who start their periods when they are here at school, as we do have pads kept in the staff room.

“It becomes difficult when they start their periods when they are at home, because they miss classes,” said Mgabhi.

Richard Nkosi

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