By Franco Mwachande Jnr
Timveni Child and Youth Media Organization has come to the rescue of about 80 adolescent girls at Khulubwe Primary School in area of Traditional Authority (T/A) Njema, Mulanje district with dignity kits after being affected by floods.
Speaking after handling over the items on Friday, Timveni’s Head of TV's programming
Matilda Zulu Chinthochi said the items which include wrappers (zitenje), soap, a 20 litre bucket and sanitary pads with an aim of promoting personal hygiene among the girls.
Chinthochi said that the cyclone disaster which hit the district this year have shown the vulnerability of most families more especially to the girls.
She said: "As Timveni, we are always there to make sure that the rights and needs of girls are at the forefront of humanitarian responses to maintain their dignity as well as protection from gender violence, as quickly as possible, that is why these dignity kits are important."
She adds: “Though the cyclone was experienced some months ago, more households still need support as vulnerable households have been and will be there, and with or without disasters they will need our support.”
Chinthochi added that other dignity kits have been distributed to 120 adolescent girls in different schools in the district making the total of 200.
Commenting on the donation, Head teacher of Khulubwe Primary School David Khoviwa said that absenteeism due to menstruation will be a thing of the past after the donation of dignity kits.
One of the beneficiaries for the donation a 13-year-old standard 3 learner Regina Muzongwe said she was pleased to see the contents of the dignity kits as they addressed the needs she faces in her everyday life at her home and school.
The donation which valued MWK3.6 million, Timveni partnered with HH Wholesalers, Plan International Malawi, Platinum Fitness and Graphic Ink in this humanitarian course.