Teen Rescue Mission (TRM) in partnership with Child Survival and Development Foundation and Daughters Convention of worshippers has intensified its campaign for sanitary pads donation to vulnerable young girls.
The initiative dubbed Pad Drive is part of their drive prior to the commemoration of the International Day of the Girl Child which will be on October 11.
Pad Drive coordinator Mashia Mandizha said the organisation has managed to research on the challenge being faced by some girl child.
“We have seen that some young girls are finding it difficult to buy a sanitary pad because of challenges faced from the vulnerability in the family.
“As TRM when we conducted free counselling and it was so touching to get to hear other stories from young girls getting themselves into sexual intercourse all to get money and buy sanitary pad.
“As you know a young girl going for those menstruation period it’s a natural thing that happens to every girl.
“Now finding a young girl giving her body to a man all because of a sanitary pad it’s of great pain.
“So as girls in TRM, we felt taking this drive that this year as we commemorate the International Day of the Girl Child, we are giving our young sisters sanitary pads.
“We can’t have a girl child going for her education lessons feeling uncomfortable.”
TRM said they are targeting to raise a good number of sanitary pads.
“We are targeting Seke Rural and other parts of Harare to have a girl child at least feel comfortable during her time.
“Our Pad Me drive’s goal is all on making the girl child see how special they are. We are going to host a netball tournament on the day and we are glad that we already have a good number of primary schools from Seke community registering to participate at the tournament.
“We are looking also to do a movement called ‘I Push Your Trolley and you buy me a pad’.
“We as TRM girls we to have some Saturdays where we will be at well-known supermarkets to help shoppers do their shopping and kindly ask them to buy us a packet of sanitary pad which we will donate on the day.
“We also want to thank Marketers Association of Zimbabwe (MAZ) for already being the first corporate to donate to the cause.
“It’s our call for more corporates and individuals to come aboard and donate as we stand to have the girl child feel good during her education and in her life.”