CREATING DIGNITY & HEALTH FOR THE GIRLS OF SOUTH AFRICA
The Need for urgent intervention
OUR GIRLS ARE IN TROUBLE AND NEED TO BE SUPPORTED AS A MATTER OF URGENCY. THERE IS AN EXTREME LACK OF BOTH EDUCATION AND ACCESS TO SANITARY PRODUCTS WHICH NEGATIVELY IMPACTS THEIR SCHOOLING, HEALTH AND DIGNITY.
Psycho-social intervention is desperately needed to get our girls street-wise. They are exposed to extreme exploitation due to poverty and lack of guidance; which makes them vulnerable to gender violence, drug trafficking, human trafficking, rape, prostitution, and all the ills that accompany this such as; STD’s. HIV/Aids, pregnancy and abortion. Our teens are gullible and very vulnerable. They need our protection and guidance.
“You educate a man; you educate an individual. You educate a woman; you educate a nation”. (African proverb)
In South Africa: The statistics of teen pregnancies can be seen from the statistics listed below. The belief “to be pregnant at school is cool” is misleading younger girls entering puberty. It is a fact that younger girls copy older ones. This needs urgent psycho-social intervention which the school curriculum cannot provide. Added to the inability to properly educate our girls, the vast majority cannot afford sanitary products or are properly aware of how menstruation should be managed. Using rags and newspaper is unhygienic and robs girls of their dignity. Girls miss 5-7 days of school every month or drop out of school altogether which has further implications. Without education and help to better their lives, a future of poverty is certain.
The Teen Talk Africa project analysis reveal that peer pressure as well as a lack of role models are two of the subsidiary categories, while access to the government child grant in poorer areas seems to be another influence in teen pregnancy. Where there is extreme poverty, this grant (in many cases) will be used to feed an entire family. In some instances, teens abuse the grant, treating it like a salary instead of poverty relief. The grant was never meant to encourage teenagers to have babies and in a country where poverty is a big issue, this grant needs to be converted to a coupon system which can be governed. Intervention is crucial, as is education and proper leadership.
The Blooming Box
Creating dignity and awareness.
Each teenage girl becomes better equipped for blooming time.
Each box contains the following items:
- The book “Blooming time,”
- A diary to monitor personal growth,
- Two book marks,
- Sanitary products,
- A water bottle, (for hygiene purposes)
- Templates for a school wallet (to keep products and disposal bags)
- A wash cloth,
- A cake of soap,
- Disposal bags,
- A manicure/pedicure set for grooming.
(The book has a fun “how to” section on grooming for self-esteem and hygiene purposes)
Leadership program for girls aged 11 – 17
Finding Thandi: Our leadership program.
The 11 to 13-year-old girls are usually keen to learn role-modeling, whereas the 14 to 17-year-old’s are keen to learn leadership skills. Girls are encouraged to form GIRL CLUBS in their schools and communities. They select their leader (a Thandi) and we supply the necessary literature to train the young leaders.
The clubs are a convenient and safe place where girls can discuss personal development issues regarding puberty and ask questions openly. De-stigmatization of menses and PMS is successfully dealt with in our book ‘Blooming Time’ which helps restore dignity to all women. Topics include straight talk about drugs, sex and exploitation. They learn to avoid unscrupulous people and to think for themselves. They are made aware of the possible consequences for their actions which will destroy their dreams. The youth are ready for this new adventure as they seek to express their own identity.
Donations for 2017 when we hope to roll out nation wide
We have the best possible presentation to help our girls and we ask you to please assist us in getting it to them. You will be proud to become part of this project which we intend taking global. The problems our youth face is not just a South African problem. Exploitation and poverty is global. We have taken many aspects into consideration in our book, including encouragement to stay in school and to assist them with basic hygiene and sanitary products from generous donors.
You may choose to adopt a school(s) of your choice.
- Each box currently costs an average of R349.00 (ZAR) to produce and distribute.
- Costs are drastically brought down when larger orders are secured.
- An average school has between 300 – 900 girls per school. (In smaller communities 30 – 150).
- Donors are informed when delivery is completed, should they like to get further involved with the program of the school(s) they selected. Continued support of an ‘adopted’ school is the desired outcome of the project. This would entail delivering sanitary products to them every three months and to let them know they are important to our society. Should you wish to initiate the program at the school(s) yourself, delivery can be made to your offices instead.
- Your consideration for funding will not only help bring dignity and education to our teenage girls, it also allows you advertising space on the side panels of our presentation, (please supply stick-on ads or logos). The available space is 170mm high by 120mm wide (x 2 side panels).
- The headmaster of each school you sponsor will send you a personal letter of receipt, thanking you for your support, with the exception of some rural schools where internet or postal services is not available – in which case our accounting firm will do so.
- Our accounting firm, Francis Financial Services will issue you a taxation certificate. Annual financial reports are sent to all our donors along with our completed projects.
- Being involved with our youth will strengthen your social program.
OPERATIONAL COSTS – GREATLY LIMITED BASED ON THE ‘THANDI’ MODEL
- We do not need to employ hundreds of people to instruct at every school and we do not have to distribute our blooming boxes to the individual recipients – each ‘Thandi’ takes responsibility for that, keeping our costs to a minimum.
- Training successors–“Thandi’s” are also trained (during their initial course) to hand over their notes and literature at the end of their reign and to train their respective successors. Donations are spent on the purpose it was donated for, which is to get our literature into the hands of our girls, without massive administration overheads.
- Our offices are small and affordable but with sufficient packing and storage space.
- With only 4 essential full-time staff, wages is minimal. This program has been self funded 2013 to 2017 by Loraine and Dominic Ginns, but our best endeavours cannot fill the need.
Teen Talk Africa – Company Details
CEO Loraine Ginns
For – Teen Talk Africa – Non-profit company (Established 2013)
60 Dover street, Ferndale, Randburg, South Africa
Tel +27 79 503 0737
Emails: Loraine@bloomingtime.co.za Welcome@bloomingtime.co.za
Teen Talk NPC. Reg. 2013/075769/08 First National Bank
Website: www.bloomingtime.co.za – Facebook; Teen Talk Africa (by Thandi)
Thank you for your consideration and time, we hope we can partner with you to bring dignity, health and education to our teenage girls.