As part of our preparations for Menstrual Hygiene Day, FAWEZI is collecting sanitary ware to give to girls in need. Contribute to our 1 month sanitary pads collection drive and help us donate sanitary pads to disadvantaged girls in selected project areas in the Chitungwiza and Shamva Districts. The sanitary pads will be handed over to the girls on the Menstrual Hygiene Day (MH day) – May 28. On the day we will also hold dialogues with the girls on healthy menstrual management. Individuals and organisations can donate the sanitary pads or cash/transfer to make the purchase. MH Day provides a platform to break the silence, raise awareness, and change negative social norms around Menstrual Health Management, it also engages decision-makers to increase the political and economic priority and catalyses action for MHM, at global, national, and local levels. WhatsApp questions or send ecocash donations to 0785541612.
FAWEZI’s bursary support program is working! Check out who we have helped pass so far and be inspired to support more vulnerable girls and young women. To bring an out-of-school girl back into education, to help a young mom get her O levels, or to keep an at-risk girl in school, click the link! https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/fawezi-20-girls/
Ruvheneko Parirenyatwa a friend of @FAWEZI donated sanitary pads to the six girls that she is supports at Mabvuku High on 17 November. Parirenyatwa made the commitment last year at the launch of the FAWEZI Alumini which she attended. Handing over the pads to the girls Parirenyatwa spoke to the girls about hygiene and sexual reproductive health.
“Having sanitary pads is not enough, girls need to bath thoroughly,” She said. She also took time to discourage the girls from early engagement in sex and also warn them of the consequences.
“Focus on completing your education first-it only takes one simply mistake to ruin your life,” She said
Ruvheneko also ‘adopted’ a girl who she pays school fees for.
FAWEZI has recently partnered up with radio host Ruvheneko Parienyatwa to provide sanitary ware for five high school girls and bursary support for one girl as they continue their education.
On July 7th FAWEZI representatives Nqobile Nkiwane and Jasmine Shirey went to Mabvuku High School with Ruvheneko Parienyatwa where they met with a teacher, Agness Masaza, the students themselves, and their guardians. Ms. Parienyatwa spoke at length with the girls and their guardians about the importance of education for girls and of believing in themselves. She reminded them that “being an orphan does not define who you are”, assured them that they “have a big sister or a mother in me”, and that she wasn’t going anywhere. FAWEZI and Ruvheneko Parienyatwa will be meeting with the girls on a three-month basis to check in with them and supply them with the sanitary ware.
May 2017 saw bright skies, large crowds, and many new students in the Epworth-Mabvuku-Tafara district. The Minister of Sport and Recreation, the Provisional Education Director, and the District Administrator graced Domboramwari High School for the opening of its new basketball court and a ceremonial uniform handover for FAWEZI’s newest 42 beneficiaries.
Among the celebrations were a ribbon cutting and first basketball shots, entertainment, uniform and sanitary handover, speeches, the launch of FAWEZI’s STEM competition, and lunch. The uniform handover was directed at out of school girls from three campaigns: an education grant campaign supported be ‘Doenkers’, a sexual reproductive health rights and education programme supported by ‘Amplify Change’, and an effort to send young women back to school who had dropped out due to pregnancy or financial struggle, which has been funded but many individuals through the Global Giving crowd funding site.
All these girls came together yesterday to celebrate their renewed chance at education, the support of family, friends, the school, and the local government, and of course, the new school shoes.
FAWEZI could not have made this happen without the generous support of Doenkers VWZ, Amplify Change, and many individual Global Giving donors. The global giving campaign is still underway and the more money raised the more girls go to school! Click here to donate.