Observing International Menstrual Hygiene Day 2018
Avon Peaking Power has been in partnership with Imbumba Foundation on their Caring4Girls initiative since 2017.
The partnership was established in an effort to provide leaners in the surrounding communities of iLembe District
with sanitary pads, as it became evident to Avon Peaking Power that many leaners in the community were missing school
because of lack of sanitary pads.
For 2018, Avon Peaking Power committed to donate a year’s supply of sanitary pads to leaners from five schools:
Groutville High, Nonhevu High, Guzanza Secondary School, Qoqulwazi Secondary and Sinenhlanhla High School, which
are in close proximity to the Avon plant.
The hand-over event was kick-started with a media launch dialogue between school leaners and the Avon management as well as with other corporates
who support the Caring4Girls initiative.
The dialogue covered topics relating to menstruation hygiene, lack of access to adequate menstruation
products as well as overall women’s health.
The leaners also indicated that that they sometimes felt uncomfortable to discuss menstrual issues because of the embarrassment of not being able to
deal with their period and the taboos still associated with menstruation.
The hand over event which also coincided with the celebration of Menstrual Hygiene day, on 28 May was well received by both scholars and sponsor
companies: the young women testified that they felt empowered after the event and that it had given them the courage to comfortably speak to their parents or
family members about issues relating to menstruation; something they had been unable to do before.
Following the morning dialogue, Avon management headed to Groutville High School, where 1079 girls were supplied sanitary pads for 6 months.
The hand over was done by the Avon Peaking Power executive team, accompanied by Mrs Mchunu (wife of the KZN Premier, Mr Senzo Mchunu) and DJ Zinhle,
a prominent female house DJ from Kwa Zulu Natal.
The girls were excited to see DJ Zinhle; she used the opportunity to encourage the girls to use every opportunity to achieve their potential.
The remaining four schools received the sanitary pads during the month of July with Imbumba Foundation facilitating the distribution for the 6 months’ supply. The next 6-month batch will be distributed in the month of November 2018.