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SA Consulate creates awareness about menstrual hygiene this Mandela Day

The South African Consulate along with the Nargis Dutt Foundation packaged hygiene kits for school girls onMandela Day!

by Suman Gupta

Mumbai, 18th July 2017:  South African Consulate, Mumbai, marked Mandela day along with the Nargis Dutt Foundation by providing packaged hygiene kits for school girls at Grande Morello Hall, Holy Family Hospital, Bandra West. The kits comprised of sanitary napkins, soap, hand towel, sanitizer, toothpaste and toothbrush.The South African Consulate has further supported this cause by providing free sanitary napkins for 176 school girls for one year. Not only this will help in maintaining hygiene but the making of sanitary pads will also create jobs for women with a special sanitary pad manufacturing machine launched by Nargis Dutt Foundation.

South African Consul General, H.E Ms M L Ramokgopa showed her concern over women health and said “Women and girls lack hygiene supplies and as a result of which they do not attend schools or work or indulge into any kind of activity during their menstrual cycles. Lack of affordability, accessibility and awareness are the primary reasons why school girls are forced to drop out. Through this initiative, we would like to help these girls keep up with their education every month. And we only hope to see this change in the coming years, where every girl has access to hygienic mediums and can live a routine life to study or work.”

The association with Nargis Dutt Foundation helped SA Consulate identify the underprivileged girls. South African company’s across Mumbai came together to dedicate their 67 mins for the noble cause with the SA Consulate.

In recognition of Nelson Mandela’s contributions to democracy, racial justice and reconciliation, and his service to humanity, the United Nations has declared Madiba’s birthday on 18 July as International Mandela Day. Every year on July 18, Madiba’s supporters across the world spend 67 minutes helping others with the idea that each individual has the power to transform a way of living.

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