For most young ladies when it’s that time of the month it’s as easy as going to the shops to buy yourself sanitary pads, but imagine if you had no money or access to buy these necessities,what a taboo right?. well for a number of girls it’s not that hard to imagine as it’s their reality.
What’s even more shocking to know is that these young ladies have had to resort to using socks, bundled toilet paper, rags, barks or newspaper as substitutes to a sanitary pad, or that they would just altogether opt to stay at home, rather than to attend school, during menstruation.
The good news is all has not been lost for these young learners, as since 1 July 2013, Dignity Dreams a non-profit organisation started a campaign to distribute sanitary pads to girls who cannot afford these basics especially those who come from impoverished families in rural or squatter camp areas.
Also providing life skills education talks and booklets for the support the girls need when they start their menstrual cycle.
And this year, yet again, Dignity Dreams has set out on an ambitious goal, this time to raise funds to distribute 18 000 dignity dream packs as part of their Nelson Mandela Day campaign to young girls by 18 July 2015.
The Dignity Dream sanitary pad is a sustainable ecological solution as rather than have to buy a new pack every month one reusable pad can replace up to 200 disposable pads and tampons and lasts up to two years, due to the pads being reusable and washable.
You too can support the campaign and help these girls reclaim the dignity that poverty has denied them by sponsoring a pack or packs of sanitary pads to a specific area in need, as every bit helps.