21 Jun 2017 17:10pm
WINDHOEK, 21 JUN (NAMPA) - A young entrepreneur from the Khomasdal Constituency, Peter Hatupopi, on Wednesday donated 2 400 sanitary pad packs to 16 schools within the constituency through his 'Sanitary Pads for a Sister Project'.
Hatupopi, 26, owns Pehanana Investment that was a beneficiary of the constituency's Small and Medium Enterprises Employment Creation programme earlier this year.
His business specialises in graphics and printing.
Speaking at the launch of his project and handover, Hatupopi said the initiative is part of his business's social responsibility of giving back to the community that has empowered him.
He explained the project was initially created for schoolgirls in the North of Namibia, where a high number of girls do not attend schools because of lack of sanitary pads but he decided to start where the money came from.
'Before I distribute the pads to schools in the northern regions, I thought I should give back to the constituency that empowered me to be able to expand my business.'
He said the project stems from his visit to five schools in the Ohangwena Region, where he learnt that most girls cut mattresses, newspapers and other clothing materials to use as sanitary pads.
'Some girls end up not going to school because of lack of sanitary pads to use, which has a negative impact on their education,' he said, adding the project started with 4 000 packs but is aiming to distribute 40 000 packs before the end of July.
Speaking at the same occasion, Minister of Education, Arts and Culture Katrina Hanse-Himarwa said it is sad that girls from low-income families across the country are struggling to afford something as essential as sanitary pads.
'Although it is not widely reported, this problem can impact negatively on a girl's confidence and concentration levels at schools,' she said adding the ministry also assists girls in a similar fashion through its Forum for African Women Educationalists Namibia (FAWENA).
Pehanana Investment designed a logo for the initiative and formulated the slogan, 'My Sister's pads, Caring for Our School Girls'.
Hanse-Hamirwa said the ministry will endorse the logo and slogan, as keeping girls in school is important to health and development; not only for them but their communities and Namibia as a nation.