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No need to miss school

A Grade 9 learner is doing all she can so that no girl child can miss a school period because of menstruating.

Daniella Zananni (15) of Elkanah House in Sunningdale runs the Bhabhathane Butterfly Foundation (BBF), an organisation she started about three years ago to collect sanitary pads to keep girls in school.

The Parklands North resident says the foundation ensures that they reach as many girls as they possibly can, who don’t have access to pads.

Reality hit her hard when she visited Atlantis High School and were told how girls missed classes because they don’t have pads; some even drop out of school, because they have missed too much work.

“Just hearing how not having pads affected them made me really sad. Education is so important and it can stop the cycle of poverty.

“What made me really sad was that all these girls have so much potential but miss out on the opportunity because they can’t afford a very small item yet so important,” she says.

Daniella knew she had to do something to help these and many other girls who can’t afford sanitary pads.

“I just couldn’t understand how such a small thing can deprive someone a lifetime opportunity of getting educated.

“I vowed to do something to help these girls so that they can stay at school and get educated. They all struggled because they couldn’t afford the pads,” she says.

The foundation delivers close to 600 to 800 pads every second week to different schools that are in need.

“We have other people that have taken the work forward and donate pads under the foundation’s name. That allows us to reach even more girls,” she says.

She currently runs the foundation under her school’s outreach project and she hopes that one day she will be able to register it as a non-profit organisation.

“We have had talks around that and my school is helping me with that. I want this organisation to grow big.

“It is really incredible to help people and I feel like I’m gaining so much more when I help. I want to help as many people as I can,” she says.

With her hands full of helping others, Daniella, is still a normal 15-year-old girl who enjoys biology and physics.

“I hope one day I will get into the medical field so that I can help people even more. Helping others makes me happy,” she says.

To help the foundation call Daniella Zananni on 073 899 0262 or email daniella@bbfoundation.co.za.

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