Young women, who benefitted from the exceptional project.
Father of the nation, Nelson Mandela famously once said, ‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world’.
It is this unwavering belief in the power of education that drives Project Dignity and saw the team delivering packs of reusable Subz Pants and Pads to three schools in three provinces in honour of Mandela Day.
Project Dignity is non-profit extension of Subz Pants and Pads which distributes reusable sanitary wear to schoolgirls from disadvantaged communities, ensuring no school days are missed because of a lack of access to sanitary wear.
Since its inception in 2010, Project Dignity has donated in the region of 140, 000 packs nationwide, with the list of schools and organisations requiring assistance constantly growing.
This year’s Mandela Day recipients were Bokmakierie Primary in the Western Cape, with sponsorship provided by Tractor Outdoor, Dimension Data and Oakhill Church. The Project Dignity ambassador in the Western Cape, Avantika Naidoo, pioneered the fundraising for this region’s event.
In Gauteng, schoolgirls at Nkholi Primary School in Pimville Soweto received packs sponsored by Turner and Townsend. In KwaZulu-Natal, Amaphupho Yezingane Seed Fund selected a Tongaat-based school for their donation of Subz packs.
“We committed to donating a minimum of 67 packs of Subz Pants and Pads at each of the three schools, but we managed to surpass the target through the generous donations received,” said Sue Barnes, founder of Subz Pants and Pads and Project Dignity.
She added, “Although we perform these school activations throughout the year, it is always something special celebrating the legacy of Nelson Mandela by ensuring schoolgirls are attending classes with confidence and dignity.”
Distributed through Project Dignity, the Subz Pants and Pads packs consist of a set of reusable sanitary pads and accompanying panties.
These items can be washed and reused, making them both economically and environmentally advantageous.
The team visits schools across the country and beyond South African borders, distributing the packs and educating young women on menstrual hygiene and sexual health.
The KwaZulu-Natal Mandela Day beneficiary, Amaphupho Yezingane Seed Fund, is actively involved with a community residing in an informal settlement in Redhill, Durban North.
Founder of the NPO, Arianne Hayes-Hill, explained, “There are several young girls in this impoverished community who attend the local schools and really battle to afford any form of sanitary protection so they often stay home from school. We are involved with this project because we believe it will make a significant difference in the lives of the girls – giving them dignity and allowing them to be ‘active and normal’ throughout the month. We are truly excited to be involved in this initiative and see the impact it will have in these girls’ lives.”