This year the ETL Foundation took the decision to assist teenage schoolgirls with dignity packs made up of sanitary towels, deodorant, hand cream and sanitary wipes. The school of choice was Ekuphumuleni Combined School in the rural area of KwaMhlanga, Mpumalanga. One hundred and twenty young girls would receive brightly coloured drawstring bags filled with at least a year’s worth of products.
Our initial planning to distribute 80 dignity packs grew when Dis-Chem decided to contribute to the initiative. We received far more sanitary pads than were purchased. As a result, we were able to extend the gifting to a neighbouring school, Khuphukani Primary School, thereby including a further 50 girls in the scheme.
On 28 August 2020, Moses Maliba, Dianne, Oupa and Dalson, drove to Mpumalanga to hand over the dignity packs. We were greeted with great enthusiasm by the principal of the Ekuphumuleni School, the teachers, and the leader and members of the community. After a little ceremony with the school dignitaries, we were treated to a show by the pupils especially written and arranged for the occasion, whereafter the girls were each gifted with their packs.
At Khuphukani Primary School, a short distance away, we were greeted with a welcome dance by the pupils. After the handing over of gift packs, the pupils were thrilled to show us their rendition of the Jerusalema dance! From the outset of our visit, our trip was made worthwhile by the welcoming smiles of shy pupils! It was a privilege to be able to partake in an initiative where it would make a rural schoolgirl’s life easier. Too often school girls in the rural area miss out on school days due to the struggles they endure due to the lack of affordability of feminine products. To be able to bless another in some small way, gives much joy to the giver, as well as the receiver.