In 2018, the Stellenbosch University (SU) Law Clinic found that about 30% of girls in South Africa do not attend school when they are menstruating because they cannot afford sanitary products. This is a frightening statistic, severely impacting the likelihood that these girls will be able to complete matric. In fact, UNESCO worldwide has reported that around the world it has been found that girls are less likely to graduate from secondary school than boys. Last year, Global Citizen reported that there were 131 million girls are out of school — and 100 million of those are girls were of high school age. Monthly menstruation plays a major role in the reasons for this.
On the 3rd October 2019, Unique Welding had the pleasure of partnering up with Smart Cups, a company focused on bringing a cost-effective solution to menstrual problems of girls and women in South Africa. They offer women – both young and old – a fantastic solution for managing their monthly menstruation in the form of a reusable, medical-grade silicone cup that can last up to 5 years.
Unique Welding donated 167 Smart Cups (to the value of over R40 000.00) to the Grade 8 female learners and their teachers at Lekete Secondary School near Nelspruit, Mpumalanga. It was an uplifting experience being able to provide these young ladies with a safe, practical and hygienic solution to keep them in school during their monthly periods.
We would like to thank Eckard Steyn and the Smart Cups team for allowing us the opportunity to work with them on this initiative, and we look forward to rolling this out to another school in the near future! If anyone would like to know more about Smart Cups, or their products, please visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/smartcupssa/
It was truly heart-warming to read the letters that these beautiful young ladies wrote to us after the event. What a privilege it was to play a part in their lives!