Getting Girls' Stuff can Help
Boys can be relentless at the best of times. But what about when you’re a teenage schoolgirl without sanitary products? The girls in the Bergnek community outside of Polokwane were dropping out of school due to the embarrassment an
d teasing they had to endure when having their periods. Keabetswe Keith Mosumane noticed this and decided to make GirlsStuff.Period part of his already incredible initiative – Bergnek Community Projects.
So Keith and his friend, Warren Te Brugge (founder of funding Canadian NGO, My Arms Wide Open) started manufacturing re-usable sanitary towels. They plan to reach all impoverished South African communities with these packs of five pads that can last up to a year.
“Now hopefully girls will stay in school long enough to finish Matric,” says Keith.
Bergnek Community Projects was started by Keith in 2007 after his two-year old son died due to lack of medical support following a brief illness. Currently there are no clinics in the community and a mobile clinic visits once a week. “No parent should lose a child at that tender age. I don’t want anyone to go through the unbearably painful experience I had to. ”Through the other projects they are hoping to generate enough profit in order to establish a permanent clinic in the community.
Other Bergnek community projects include a water pump; a vertical vegetable garden with over 2, 500 plants which will supply Bergnek and surrounding areas with food; and a brick manufacturing company – creating funds and jobs.
“The future looks good. Our goal is to eradicate poverty, uplift women, empower youth and build a better feature for our people.” This is Keith’s story of help. If you would like to help:
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