Before the Kopanang Secondary School girls received their sanitary pads, they were treated to music and dance that made the girls enjoy themselves but the best was saved for last as the girls received their packs.
Ms Kasturi Adari representing Anglo addressing Kopanang Secondary School during the presentation of the Palesa reusable pads at the school
The sanitary pads from Palesa were received with warm hands and it was a donation from Anglo.
It was said that most girls in African countries missed three to five days at school each month because they cannot afford sanitary pads.
Ms Sherie de Wet, also known as Palesa, thanked the sponsors for coming on board to help the girls.
Ms Sherie de Wet also known as Palesa (CEO of Palesa pads) with some of the Kopanang Secondary School girls and Ms Kasturi Adari of Anglo after they were presented with their packs.
It was also stated that the Palesa reusable pads can be used for up to five years, the length of a girl’s high school career, for less than 20% of the cost of disposable pads. Research was done on the Palesa pads and that Palesa pads have various kits which are distributed in less fortunate communities.
“We, at Palesa pads, are committed to provide a sustainable solution to #KeepAGirlChildInSchool. We manufacture high quality cloth pads that are washable and therefore reusable for up to five years. Around the world more and more ladies are realising that cloth pads are the better choice not only for the environment but also for their own personal health,” reads a statement of Palesa pads.
One of the school girls, Jacqueline Masango demonstrated how a pad is put on as well as how to take care of them.
The girls were encouraged to focus on their studies and that Anglo was doing its best to support them in their studies. Anglo representative, Ms Kasturi Adari said it was one way to show that Anglo cares for communities around them. The girls were also told to help and support each other.
“Give guidance, support each other to empower one another. You are very special to us,” added Ms Adari.
One of the students, Jacqueline Masango demonstrated how the pad must be used and taken care of.
The girls were provided with six packs of the pads, panties, powder soap, bar soap in a bucket pack to take care of pads.
One of the girls Thumelo Legwati with Ms Sherie de Wet also known as Palesa (CEO of Palesa pads) and Ms Kasturi Adari of Anglo after the presenting of the Palesa packs.
The disposable pad takes around 500 years to decompose so they are harmful to the environment and contribute to landfill. Pads are also often flushed down the toilet by girls when there are no dustbins available and these clog drains which are costly to repair.
The harmful chemicals in the disposable pads can cause irritation, infection and rashes. They are costly, at an average of R2 400 per girl over five years and the ongoing purchase required for disposable pads makes them inaccessible to girls in rural areas who cannot afford these and are often an hours’ walk away from large towns where disposable pads would be sold.