Afrikaans speaking people do not discuss it; they try to ignore the fact that this is happening. However, the reality is that girls in Afrikaans schools miss up to 55 school days per year because they do not have the necessary sanitary products. Unfortunately most girls are too embarrassed to talk about this problem.
Recent research conducted by Solidarity Helping Hand has shown that more than 10% of the girls in less affluent schools do not have enough sanitary products to see them through the month. A further 7% indicated that they miss school because they do not have sufficient products.
The problem is exacerbated by the fact that 50% of the girls find it difficult to discuss their menstruation, even within their peer group. These girls are also unwilling to ask for help.
Following this research, Helping Hand has decided to launch the #HelpHanna Project in 2015. Through this project, the organisation seeks to support schools and impoverished girls with the necessary sanitary products on a monthly basis, thereby ensuring that this need does not prevent girls from going to school.
August is woman’s month, and that is why we are focusing on the project and bring light again to the ever increasing problem amongst girls.
If you would like more information about the project and how you can help by giving a donation to this worthy cause please visit our website at: www.saffashelp.com or email Lizelle Joubert at firstname.lastname@example.org