Namibia: Pupils Use Rags As Sanitary Pads

SCHOOLGIRLS at Enoleu Combined School in Omusati region, who are from needy families, are forced to use old pieces of cloth and toilet paper as sanitary pads.

This was confirmed by the principal Elvi Kayumbu, in an interview with The Namibian this week.

Kayumbu said some of the girls cannot afford sanitary pads as they are orphans from child headed families, or their guardians are too poor to buy the sanitary towels for them.

She said some guardians have not even told the girls what is expected of them during that time of the month.

She said the school has decided to assemble girls twice a year to discuss issues pertaining to their health.

In these discussions, some children confessed that they were seeing pads for the first time, Kayumbu said.

The school received 119 sanitary towels from Pep Store Oshakati last week and these were distributed to 104 puils on Wednesday this week.

The principal said the rest will be given to the girls when the school re-opens next year.

“We are grateful to Pep Stores for the donation of 119 sanitary towels to our girls. Most of the girls are raised by old people and they don’t really discuss issues pertaining to periods with them,” Kayumbu said.

She said some of the pupils miss classes when they are on periods.

“They are not comfortable being at school. When they are absent they miss out on many things and their performance is affected,” she said.