By Sydney Gokomere
Gweru, November 22, 2016 – UNDERPRIVILEGED rural girls in parts of the Midlands province are set to benefit from an initiative by a local NGO to raise more than 5 000 packs of sanitary wear by the end of this year.
Ian Sithole, founder and director with All About Love Trust Zimbabwe (AALTZ), said since the campaign started this month, more than 100 sanitary packs have been raised.
The organisation is working with others such as Pads Drive, Mbereko Needs Africa and Regina Mundi Leos Club in the campaign.
Sithole said most rural girls face serious challenges in accessing sanitary ware with the majority resorting to unhygienic practices such as using grass, tree leaves, cow dung and newspapers among others in place of the pads.
He said the lack of sanitary pads has seen a number of girls absconding school, a situation that affects their education.
Sithole said the programme targets areas including Lower Gweru, Shurugwi and Chiwundura.
“A lot of girls are not going to school because they can’t access sanitary pads,” Sithole said.
“Moreover because of the economic hardships, families would rather buy food than sanitary pads and this heavily impacts on girl’s reproductive health.”