This is a first fase of the project to a bigger project of distribution, awareness and connecting existing groups and help sustaining them and develop new ones.
The Evening Standard Interview
A London mother and son duo are embarking on a 2,500km journey across South Africa and Zimbabwe to distribute sanitary kits to girls living in poverty.
Tanya Puncuh, 46, and Sebastian Quadrelli, 17, will drive from Harare, cross the Zambizi River and return through Botswana and Bulawayo in just 16 days.
Ms Puncuh said: “Many girls with big dreams drop out of school because of their menstrual cycle. We will be distributing these sanitary pad kits and offering menstrual care solutions and health education along the way. “
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Many young women in Southern Africa don’t have access to or the knowledge that sanitary pads exist. They’ll resort to staying home during menstruation or use dry leaves, chicken feathers, banana skins or other scraps of material. They’ll often miss school (a week every month) or attend and risk being teased by classmates for their soiled clothing. Often girls end up dropping out of school entirely. This #GivingTuesday is dedicated to @padding_africa, an organization working to end this cycle by partnering with a local group of women who sew affordable and reusable sanitary kits. One kit (consisting of 6 reusable pads, 3 reusable pad holders, 1 pair of underwear, 1 soap, 1 towel) can keep a girl in school and give her a better chance of a future. To learn more about their work and how you can help, watch our Stories.