ATLANTIC Catering Solutions has donated 10 800 sanitary pads valued at N$ 134 000 to schools in the Omaheke region.
The Deputy Minister of Education, Art and Culture, Ester Nghipondoka, receive the hand over and said that the donation came at the right time because Namibia will join the rest of the World in observing menstrual hygiene day on 28 May.
The day is aimed at creating a world in which every woman and girl can manage her menstruation in a hygienic way, in privacy and dignity.
Nghipondoka said this is done through a month-long campaign coordinated by the Ministry of Health in collaboration with the education ministry under the umbrella of the National School Health Task Force.
“Under the theme “It is action”, the aspect of support is central to the month-long campaign activities and this donation here coincides with the efforts towards menstrual hygiene in schools and the girl child,” she said, adding “The Ministry is therefore glad to witness the donation, which is evident that private entities like Atlantic Catering Solutions have heeded to the call of the campaign and that government at large to act now.”
Atlantic Catering Solutions’ donation, through their company’s Community Trust, was a response to the appeal made by the education ministry to supply young school girls with sanity pads.
The deputy minister stated that young school girls tend to be absent from school due to the fact that they feel embarrassed because they do not have proper sanitation.
“This embarrassment and feeling of insecurity could be one of the reasons why many of our girls ends up dropping out of school. To avoid this, some learners resort to using harmful materials to see themselves through that time of the month,” said Nghopondoka.