RPA supports local girls at Sinenjongo High School
RPA supports local girls at Sinenjongo High School by launching an essential initiative. RPA’s team were asked to donate packs of sanitary products and RPA as a firm, matched their contribution, which in total amounted to over 100 packs.
In 2018, Stellenbosch University (SU) Law Clinic conducted a study which found that about 30% of girls in South Africa do not attend school when they are menstruating because they cannot afford sanitary products.
“It is a cause that lies very close to my heart”, said Leigh Metcalf, Director of RPA. “It’s our privilege to be able to make a small contribution to the lives of these girls and restore dignity to them during a time that can be traumatic and shameful. We want to see the students thrive and having access to the necessary sanitary products allow them to attend school throughout the year.”
Mrs Nopote, Head Mistress of Sinenjongo High School received the donation on behalf of the girls and advised that those in the most desperate circumstances will be assisted first, with the over-supply handed out when the need arises.
Sinenjongo High School in Joe Slovo Park, Milnerton was adopted in 2007 by Rabie Property Group, as the major beneficiary of its Corporate Social Investment programme.
At the time, the school, which serves an impoverished community, was housed in containers and had little or no facilities. It also had a huge dropout rate with only one in five learners making it through to matric and even then only 27% achieving a pass and only very seldom a pass rate sufficient to go onto tertiary education.
With the assistance of various role players, of which the Western Cape Government was the main partner, the school moved into brand new beautiful permanent premises in 2017 on the corner of Omuramba Road and Freedom Way, which has completely transformed their day to day lives.