Project Dignity visited Brookdale Secondary School at on Friday, 13 September where 260 learners from grade 8, 9 and 10 received Subz Pants and Pads packs sponsored by Sturrock Grindrod Maritime (SGM).
Project Dignity is the non-profit extension of Subz Pants and Pads which distributes reusable sanitary wear to schoolgirls from disadvantaged communities, ensuring no school days are missed because of a lack of access to sanitary wear. Since its inception in 2010, Project Dignity has donated more than 160 000 packs across Africa, with the list of schools and organisations requiring assistance constantly growing.
Distributed through Project Dignity, the Subz Pants and Pads packs consist of a set of reusable sanitary pads and accompanying panties. These items can be washed and reused, making them both economically and environmentally advantageous. The team visits schools across the country and beyond South African borders, distributing the packs and educating young women on menstrual hygiene and puberty.
“Every month our database of recipients grows as more schools and NPOs discover the benefits of Subz washable sanitary packs,” said Sue Barnes, founder of Subz Pants and Pads, and its NPO extension, Project Dignity. “We constantly work to meet the need, but the reality is that, without corporate sponsorship, we just can’t reach schools as quickly as we would like.”
It was a fantastic morning with the grade 8, 9 and 10 learner at the school. The young girls were delighted to spend time with Project Dignity Facilitator Nokwazi Thabethe who spoke to the girls about focusing on and reaching their goals. Each young woman was given a Subz Pants and Pads menstrual management kit which includes two pairs of panties, as well as six reusable sanitary pads that will last the girls for the next three to five years.
SGM is very proud to be involved with Project Dignity & Subz Pants. Making such a significant difference in the lives of young girls is inspiring, we believe in celebrating women by empowering them. Each young girl deserves every opportunity to proudly embrace life and be successful. We are humbled that we are able to contribute towards this and look forward to working closely with them in the future as an ongoing initiative #SGMCares,” said Tracy Leah, SGM Divisional Executive South Africa.
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