What many take for granted is the reason some young girls in the community of Jagersfontein in the Free State miss close to seven days of school once a month. Rebecca Molefe from Jagersfontein started a sanitary product project in 2017 in hopes to bring relief to the girls in her community.
The founder of the ‘No to period shame’ campaign, Rebecca Molefe, told Bloemfontein Courant the idea was sparked by a conversation between her and her daughter, who once came back from school with a jersey around her waist and when asked why, her answer was because she had to give two of the three sanitary towels that she took to school to her two other girls who were in need.
Molefe said that she is currently supplying three schools in the area, Boaramelo Combined School, Jagersfontein Middle and St Lawrence Primary and this includes 300 school girls who rely on her to bring them sanitary products every month.
She explained that she also tries to educate the girls about all the phases that they will end up going through as women. She says that she is in a fortunate position as she has earned the trust of the girls.
Molefe told Bloemfontein Courant that she relies on sponsors and donations in order to make the campaign work and the past few months have been difficult as donations have dried up. She is pleading to people from the community who are in a position to assist her in her quest to help the young ladies in her community to please get in touch with her on 083-763-9084. – Sazly Hartzenberg