A positive shift in menstrual hygiene


By Onthatile Talafala

On Saturday, the Nam Foundation held its annual Aerobic Marathon Sanitary Towel Drive at the Beach Front.

The foundation works to restore dignity, raise awareness about women’s health, and provide girls with the opportunity to continue their education without the burden of hygiene risks.

In addition to raising awareness, the foundation hopes to engage fathers and boy children in the conversation so that they can fully understand what happens in a woman’s body.

Ngwekazi Makaba, the event’s organiser and founder, stated, “We want to empower and build confidence in our girls.” We want to end period poverty by rewriting the story and empowering our community.”

Ngwekazi, who is committed to girls throughout the Eastern Cape, went on to say that they want to reduce the high number of school absenteeism and drop-outs caused by menstrual-related issues.

The foundation received 2300 pads from this year’s sanitary drive, with 800 pads coming from Beaconhurst School.

This came as a complete surprise and marked a significant departure from their previous sanitary campaign.

What made this year’s event even more special was the presence of fathers and boys.

” We had so many fathers and boys attending the drive which made it more special. it is important for families to learn and unlearn and even sometimes relearn about menstrual health,” said Ngwekazi.

With the goal to advocate positive change in Menstrual hygiene Ngwekazi further explained that, “A period is not a punishment it is a priority.”

Friend to the organisation, Lizo Rola mentioned that menstruation must stop being a taboo topic. He aknowledged the presence of the boys and fathers, encouraging them to continue these conversations about menstrual health.

“Thank you boys for coming, please continue to be kind and open yourselves up for learning. Always remember the importance of giving, because sometimes the things we take for granted are a lifeline to someone else,” Lizo said.