Health and Dignity
1. Dignity Dreams
One very real and serious problem we encounter is that teenage girls from disadvantaged areas in South Africa often cannot afford sanitary towels. They often use socks, rags, newspapers, bark or grass. Many miss up to five days of school every month. This gives the girls a huge disadvantage—missing important exams and often not managing to complete their education.
Sandra Millar from Dignity Dreams wanted to address this problem and came up with a solution. She has developed and makes beautiful, washable and reusable sanitary pads in a pack. These packs cost only $14 each and can last a girl up to five years.
The packs include:
- 1 Drawstring bag made out of colorful poly-cotton
- 6 x washable, absorbent pads
- 3 x panties
- An instruction sheet
- 1 x plastic bag
Seeds of Light has teamed up with Sandra Millar from Dignity Dreams, and our aim is to provide Dignity Dreams packs to all the young school girls in the Acornhoek area who need one.
Not only do the girls not have access to sanitary products but they also have very little knowledge of what is happening to their bodies and very little reproductive health information. Seeds of Light is helping to educate the girls on health issues and pregnancy prevention and providing HIV information.
2. Beretta Clinic:
Seeds of Light, in partnership with Hlokamela, provide much needed nursing care for the over 900 children at Beretta Primary School. Sister Talitha Mthethwa, a primary health care nursing sister, sees to the medical needs of the children on a weekly basis. Over 150 children are seen monthly and medicine prescribed. The library and clinic building was developed by our partner, A Spring of Hope, and the building structure was completed in April 2008. The need for medical attention is critical for many of these children. There is a very high incidence of HIV infection in the community (at least 1 in every 3); consequently there are many orphaned children (about 300 of the 900 children who attend this school). Some of the children are also HIV-infected and require extra medical care to keep from getting sick.
Wonderfully, this school has an amazing herb and vegetable garden that is able to supplement the children’s meals with the nutrients that they need to keep healthy. Click to Read more about Beretta School.