Learners at Dimbe Secondary School in Marondera have become the first beneficiaries of the First Lady, Amai Auxilia Mnangagwa’s reusable sanitary wear project.
The initiative was launched by the First Lady through a donation of sewing machines and material for the production of sanitary pads in July this year.
A student at Dimbe Secondary School, Priscila Jera, said: “I am very happy as a student that Amai Mnangagwa has remembered us as we used to have challenges in accessing pads due to their costs at the shops.”
Edith Mabiza, another student, also praised the donation by the First Lady.
“Our parents always struggle to raise money to buy pads for us, so this initiative will go a long way in ensuring we have the pads every time we need them,” she said.
Erica Mucharwa, the School Development Committee chairperson, said: “As the SDC we know the challenges the girl child always faces during their monthly periods, so we want to thank Amai for remembering our school.”
Mashonaland East Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Senator Aplonia Munzverengwi and Provincial Education Director, Mrs Anatoria Ncube thanked the First Lady for her philanthropic work which has immensely benefitted the province.
“I would like to thank the First Lady for this initiative which has seen our province benefitting and we are going to distribute more pads to other schools in the province,” said Hon Munzverengwi.
Women in the area have so far produced more than 3000 reusable pads since the start of the project in July after receiving the sewing machines and materials from the First Lady.