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PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN RICHARDS BAY INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT ZONE AND IMBUMBA FOUNDATION

25 JUNE 2018

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Richards Bay Industrial Development Zone, together with Imbumba Foundation through the Caring4Girls programme adopted nine (9) schools in the KwaZulu Natal province to provide sanitary towels. The Caring4Girls initiative provides female learners with sanitary towels to help keep them in school during their monthly cycles.

 

The aim for the initiative is to drive home awareness of the Caring4Girls Programme to ensure accessibility to much needed sanitary towels so they may stay in school to ensure the development and growth of young South African women.

 

In line with our common objective of long term sustainable impact, we are very much delighted for the establishment of this partnership, we have distributed to the following schools (please refer to the table below), Richards Bay Industrial Development Zone has assisted us to reach a total of 2730 girls in 2017/18 delivered as part of Million Comforts campaign.

 

Distribution Table

SCHOOLS NAME

NO. OF GIRLS

PER SCHOOL

YEAR  OF

 CONTRIBUTION

PROVINCES

DlemDlemu High School

395

2017/18

KwaSokhulu

Birds Wood Secondary

243

2017/18

Richards Bay

Lizwi high School

422

2017/18

Madlanzini

Ikusasalethu Secondary

666

2017/18

Mtubatuba

Magqama high School

130

2017/18

Nkandla

Mavueangwane High School

348

2017/18

Eshowe - Mbongolwane

Mawombe High School

247

2017/18

Mtubatuba

Mcuthungu Primary School

102

2017/18

KwesakaMthethwa

Umbiya Secondary School

177

2017/18

KwesakaMthethwa

 

Ntongande High School has received sanitary pads from Richards Bay Coal Terminal this year and we felt that we need to replace them with another school. We would like to request that RBIDZ nominates another school to benefit from the initiative.

 

PARTNERSHIP WITH RICHARDS BAY INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT ZONE

We invite Richards Bay Industrial Development Zone to celebrate the Nelson Mandela Centenary year in partnership with the Imbumba Foundation through the planned events which will mark exactly 100 Days Before Kili Summit! It will be a triple 100… 100 DAYS BEFORE SUMMIT to mark MADIBA’S 100th, to support 100 SCHOOLS PER PROVINCE. In addition we plan to offer 100 BURSARIES and give 67 girls a lifetime opportunity through the TREK100INITIATIVE.

 

NEW PROGRAMME IN 2018

In 2018, we have the pleasure of introducing the new Caring4Girls programme, that will allow our donors to engage more with the beneficiaries. The       Back2Basics programme is already being implemented in schools and the learners have been interactive. The programme runs throughout the Year  and  it  will  create  a  sisterhood  that  will  thrive  beyond  the  school  grounds  and  be used  in the girl’s day to day living.

 

Caring4Girls Back2Basics Programme

Term1: 17th January – 28th March

 

Stage 1: Introduce the program and address basic hygiene issues.

-How to wash and ensure that one keeps their space at school and home clean.

-Dental care is very important to ensure that teeth are clean, and that their breath is fresh.

-Looking presentable is essential and it helps individuals feel good about themselves.

 

Stage 2: Addressing good health and nutrition.

Introducing easy exercises that leaners can do, promoting sports and activities to keep them active. The topic of nutrition will deal with cooking any type of food and ensuring that one gets the nutrition out of the food available. We will highlight the use of salt, sugar and oil just to name a few.

 

Term2: 10th April – 22nd June

 

Stage 3: Talks on puberty.

These talks will enable students to share their experience on puberty and accrue more information about issues they might not really understand. Sexual health is an important topic to be dealt with so that girls can identify symptoms pointing to sexually transmitted infections or any other infections on their bodies. The talks will also deal with relationships, mainly assisting student to recognize healthy and unhealthy relationships.

 

Hygiene Month- we will reinforce what was dealt with in the first term.

 

Stage 4: Teen Pregnancy.

Re-introducing the concept of abstinence and safe sex, teaching them how to use condoms, presenting the various contraceptive methods and how to deal with informing parents and the school of the pregnancy.

 

Term3: 17th July – 28th September

 

Stage 5: Career Guidance will focus on grades 9, 10, 11 and 12.

The program will be aimed at informing students’ which subjects are required for the different fields of study. University representatives will be invited to give students more information and clarify on the entry points system for the different fields of study.

 

National Oral Health Month

 

Term4: 9th October – 12th December

  • Detailed Exam Preparations
  • How to study
  • Basic do’s and don’ts while studying and in the exam room
  • Time management

 

In addition to all the above, we are introducing a sisterhood programme in the schools, led by the top achieving girls in the school. The programme is designed for the students to identify social ills in their schools and community and come up with solutions which they need to implement. The programme is designed to be a support structure for the leaners that need assistance. The reason for creating the sisterhood group is for the students to create an environment that seeks for solutions and not individuals that wait for someone to come make a change in their lives.

The groups in the different schools will meet and deliberate issues that they have been dealing with at their schools and get the opportunity to share ideas with people they do not know but they will all work on one mission which is to change the lives of those closest to them. “each one help one”.

Another event took place on 24 March 2018, a few days after Human Rights Day, the day was planned for 100 learners to discuss and debate about human right issues across the world. The event was organised to assist leaners to define what human rights are so that they are informed and will be able to share the information with their peers.

The Caring4Girls commemoration of Human’s Right Day event was the first and it will be an annual event with different speakers and topics. The plan is that we engage frequently with learners by creating more programmes quarterly that will allow girls to participate and contribute their thoughts and ideas.

CONCLUSION

Through this partnership, Richards Bay Industrial Development Zone is contributing towards our overall objective of keeping thousands of girls in school during the monthly cycles. It will also assist us move a long way towards reaching our milestones: 200, 000 girls in each province and a national reach of 2Million girls by year 2020.

The need is much greater at over 2 million girl children who miss school because of lack of sanitary towels. The campaign has brought much needed relief for thousands of impoverished girls who would have missed a substantial number of school days as result of lack of access to adequate sanitary protection. We are grateful to Richards Bay Industrial Development Zone for your unwavering support and in helping us empower and liberate a girl child.

As we build towards the centenary of our Great Leader, Nelson Mandela in 2018, we are very excited to continue to partner with Richards Bay Industrial Development Zone to empower poor girls from low income communities.