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Campaign benefits girls in NC schools

Over 150 girls who are learners at the Moshaweng Secondary School in Loopeng have a greater chance of staying in school and reaching their full potential, thanks to the efforts of legal technology company LexisNexis South Africa, in partnership with the Imbumba Foundation.

The foundation, through its Caring4Girls programme, is on a quest to provide menstrual hygiene support and education to two million disadvantaged South African girls this year.

It aims to help eradicate absenteeism among young girls, who often skip school when they do not have access to basic sanitary protection during their menstrual cycles.

Supporting the organisation on this quest are a number of leading corporates.

On Friday (07/02), LexisNexis and the Imbumba Foundation visited the school in Mothibistad near Kuruman to hand over a year’s supply of sanitary towels donated by the company’s employees.

“There is a lack of understanding, empathy and support for young women going through puberty in school environments that are not equipped to provide adequately for their dignity,” said George Tsikkos, Bloemfontein branch manager.

“There are many challenges that young South African women must overcome. For many students in impoverished communities, basic necessities are often overlooked to put food on the table.”

He said the LexisNexis and Imbumba partnership aligned with the company’s overall commitment to upholding social justice.

“Education is a fundamental need that cannot be overlooked in society and it is our hope that as a socially conscious business, we have contributed towards raising awareness to such intricate matters. We hope that our contribution is a start to transforming lives for the better.”

The school’s principal, Tshepho Tlomatsana, said they were humbled by the opportunity because they wanted to ensure their girls had 100% attendance.

“Our learners are from very poor economic backgrounds. Our girls in this school lose a lot of contact time because they are from poor backgrounds,” she said.

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