RADA is aware that even though girls make the responsible choice to attend and finish their schooling, this is often a challenge when they are on their monthly cycle. Research shows –
- Girls can miss up to five days of school per month. That equates to nearly sixty days per year. Of the 197 school days, some girls only attend 137 days. That’s a lot of lessons lost, which also leads to an increased dropout rate.
- Statistical research by the United Nations confirms that one in ten girls in Africa miss school during menstruation.
- Tampons, pads and panty liners along with their packaging and individual wrapping generate more than 200,000 tons of waste per year and they all contain plastic. Pads are around 90% plastic! The average user throws away approximately 125 to 150kgs of tampons, pads and applicators in their lifetime.
RADA is all about empowerment. We have designed and manufactured our own brand of reusable sanitary pads (RADA MiPad), with a life span of approximately five years. Not only will this assist in keeping a girl in class for her high school years but it will also help alleviate the financial burden faced by households who can now exclude expensive sanitary pads from their monthly shopping.
RADAs aim with the RADA MiPad is to make a positive impact on the lives of girls, by empowering them to stay in school, consequently enabling them to live a life filled with opportunity.
Empowering the teenage girls of Philippolis. RADA, Tiger Canyon and KIA Motors SA making a big impact on a small rural town
RADA an NPO based in Johannesburg recently launched its own range of reusable sanitary pads. The RADA MiPad project is aimed at empowering woman and more specifically girls, who so often stay at home when they are menstruating because they do not have access to, or in many cases, the means to buy sanitary wear. With RADA MiPad, which has a life span of up to five years RADA hopes to enable girls to attend their classes and complete their schooling with dignity and without having to worry about ‘that time of the month’.
RADA together with Tiger Canyon, a very unique 5-star lodge situated near the small rural town of Philippolis in the Free State have embarked on a pilot project in the community, aimed at empowering and encouraging the girls of the town to stay focused, attend class and graduate from school with confidence.
The team visited the small town in 2019 and decided that one of the NPO’s new developing projects, RADA MiPad could potentially have a lasting impact on the lives of those living in Philippolis. With the help of sponsors who saw this as an investment into the youth and the future of South Africa, RADA MiPad packs would be distributed to each high school girl and those girls in Grade 7 entering secondary school the following year.
Recently a group comprising of RADA representatives and sponsors, returned to Philppolis for the handover of 400 RADA MiPad packs to the girls in the three small schools. Special guests on the trip, Miss South Africa 2019 Sasha Lee Olivier and Lily Hollows a musician who has just launched her new single, Rebuild, were warmly welcomed. They offered words of encouragement and inspiration, emphasising the importance of education and the impact the girls are able to make on the world around them.
“We are excited to be working with RADA in Philippolis. We plan to support this project by helping with the distribution of RADA MiPad packs to the girls moving into grade 7 each year”, says Tiger Canyon, Managing Director Rodney Drew who also provided accommodation for the visitors from Johannesburg.
Christo Valentyn, General Manager: Marketing at KIA Motors South Africa, “We are longstanding supporters of RADA and we are proud to be part of this new project. We were happy to provide vehicles for the very long road trip which was an eye-opening experience for us all. It was fantastic to see the impact RADA is having on the lives of so many girls”.
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