21 South African mountain climbers and hikers are aiming to conquer the highest peak in Europe, Mt Elbrus, standing tall at 5642m in aid of the South African female learner.
The group, under the leadership of Mahomed “Bokkie” Coovadia, aims to raise R200 000 to buy two sanitary pad cutting machines that will produce washable pads for learners who can’t afford this basic item.
The project is being facilitated by the Salaam Foundation and implementation of the sanitary pad roll out will be the responsibility of Mooniba Bhayt of DARE to be Empowered.
“There is a massive need for female learners in our schools. These machines will provide the pads needed while at the same time empowering women from two identified communities who will operate them,” said Bhyat. The team is highly motivated and excited as they prepare for departure on the 13 July 2019. Team leader, Bokkie Coovadia, has taken several groups to some of the most amazing hiking and climbing zones across the world. “We have a diverse group of people including Comrades runners and even a 19 year old participant. There is a lot of preparation involved as we head to the south western regions of Russia. It is an amazing feeling for all of us as we fulfill a dream while at the same time doing something worthwhile and so important for the people of South Africa.”
Although verifiable figures are difficult to reach, reports indicate that thousands of school girls still do not have access to sanitary pads despite promises from government and the removal of VAT from the product.
A study by the Stellenbosch University (SU) Law Clinicfound a significant amount of girl learners in South Africa do not attend school when they are menstruating because they cannot afford sanitary products.
An appeal has been made to support the call of these South Africans #Climbing4SAeducation.
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