Girls receive 9 000 sanitary pads
Lumko and Gasela High School female learners received more than 9 000 sanitary pads on Wednesday from East London athlete and mother, Lee Anne King who recently summited Mountain Kilimanjaro with former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela to raise funds for Madonsela’s Caring4girls hygiene programme.
The programme, run by Imbumba Foundation aims to eradicate absenteeism and create a platform for girls to be educated and have dignity. King managed to raise over R30 000 with the help of friends, clients and colleagues and collected thousands of sanitary pads, which will provide a four-month supply to the 710 school girls, 599 from Lumko (Amalinda) and 110 from Gasela (King Williams Town).
King spent four days climbing up Kilimanjaro and two days going back down harsh and unforgiving weather conditions. “There were times when I really felt like giving up because it was really hard but the girls were my motivation,” said King.
The majority of learners from Lumko come from impoverished homes and the school tries to help out by giving them sanitary pads during emergencies.
“The whole school is happy about this, it will help them focus in class and not on how and where they will get sanitary pads,” said Sibongile Qinga, a teacher at the school. Lina Swayi, a matric learner said, “We are really grateful for what Miss King is doing for us because we do experience embarrassing moments as females so it is a relief to know that someone is looking out for us.”
The Caring4girls hygiene programme’s ultimate goal is to reach two million disadvantaged girls by 2020 and help restore confidence and dignity in girls.