“Good Afternoon St Alban’s College Community,
The Sekhokho Community in Mpumalanga is 130km from St Alban’s College. Children from this community travel far to attend schools in neighbouring districts as there are little to no schools in their village. In support of Mr Jerry Mathabathe’s (Science Technician-Staff Member) initiative to uplift his home town, we would like to collect care packages for this community’s young women.
One major issue that the young ladies in this community face is period poverty. They do not have access to affordable and hygienic menstrual products. As a result, they miss out on school and extra-curricular activities during their menstrual cycles. Many feel that menstruation becomes a barrier to education and participation.
In support of these girls, we would like to focus on collecting menstrual products for donation in addition to general care package items. We hope these efforts will alleviate some of their challenges and contribute to their education and empowerment.
We are asking for care packages that contain the following:
1 x Sanitary pads
1x Toothbrush
1x Toothpaste
2x Toilet rolls
1x Face cloth
1x Bar of soap
The collection drive will continue until 31 October, and you can drop off the care packages at the drop-off point in the morning or throughout the day. The drop-off point is at the Top car park.
Let us always remember that when we educate every girl, they will emerge as a pearl. Do not let her be a slave of sanitation; let her be educated and empowered. Educate a girl child; she will be the nation’s pride.
Thank you.”
Senatla Shuenyane (Form 4)