MICHAEL MAGORONGA in Kwekwe
A non-governmental organization Junior Chamber International (JCI) Kwekwe Chapter is set to hold a golf tournament this Saturday as it seeks to raise funds to buy sanitary pads for vulnerable girls in and around the mining town.
The tourney, to be held at Kwekwe Golf Course under the theme ‘Pad her up’ has since attracted the attention of the corporate world and other sponsors who have joined in the cause to pads for the girls.
JCI Kwekwe Chapter President, Cornelius Makuvachuma said sanitary pads deficiency was propelling mental health challenges amongst girls.
He said shortage of sanitary pads was fueling child marriages and lack of confidence leading to low self-esteem amongst girls.
“As Kwekwe, we are facing a serious challenge of child marriages and teen pregnancies. We then carried out a survey which showed us that some vulnerable are being taken advantage of by some men as they are promised sanitary pads and end up being impregnated,” said Makuvachuma.
He said the lack of the sanitary pads was also triggering lack of confidence amongst the girl child.
“According to our survey, we also discovered that some girls are no longer confident in themselves as they think everyone is seeing what they are going through. Lack of confidence then cripples in and the end they suffer from mental health issues,” he said.
Makuvachuma said they were targeting to rise above $2000 on the day.
“We are looking to raise about US$2 000 so that we can purchase sanitary pads for the vulnerable girls in and around Kwekwe. We have received overwhelming response from the corporate world that is coming in to support the cause and we are grateful for that,’ he said.
Some of the sponsors include Spar Kwekwe, Techno, Itel, Infix, Solar Hub, Exide, Kwekwe Poly and Kwekwe City Council.
Sanitary wear will be donated to children’s’ homes and rural girls in Zhombe and Silobela.