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Mandela Day: Hygiene kits, sanitary pads for Mumbai girls

Jul 24, 2017

The South African Consulate along with the Nargis Dutt Foundation distributed personal hygiene kits to school girls on Mandela Day.

Mumbai: The South Africa Consulate on July 18 commemorated Mandela Day by distributing packaged hygiene kits to girls in India’s commercial capital, Mumbai.

The Consulate along with the Nargis Dutt Foundation, a nonprofit, provided packaged hygiene kits to school girls at Grande Morello Hall, Holy Family Hospital, Bandra West. The kits comprised of sanitary napkins, soap, hand towel, sanitiser, toothpaste and a toothbrush.

The South African Consulate further enhanced this this cause by distributing 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, M L Ramokgopa, showed her concern over women’s health and said that lack of affordability, accessibility and awareness were the primary reasons why school girls were forced to drop out.

Ramokgopa said that women and girls lack hygiene supplies as a result of which they do not attend schools or work or indulge into any kind of activity during their menstrual cycles. “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,” she said.

The association with Nargis Dutt Foundation helped SA Consulate identify the underprivileged girls. South African companies 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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