Econet helps School girls
Econet Telecom Lesotho (ETL) through partnership with HigherLife Foundation (HLF), donated sanitary towels to a total of 467 girls from five schools in the Berea, Maseru and Mokhotlong districts as a contribution to the Hlokomela Banana initiative.
This happened at Hangers Hope, ‘Mantoetse Secondary, Semonkong High, Thabana-Ts’ooana Secondary and St Martin’s Secondary schools from February 6 to 15, 2017.
When handing over the sanitary towels, the Public Relations Officer of ETL, Ms. Puleng Masoabi mentioned that ETL is determined to change people’s world which in this case refers to changing the lives of the girl child. She mentioned that the birth of HLF and the Queen’s National Trust Fund collaboration started when the foundation was seeking sustainable ways to positively address challenges pertaining to the girl child; amongst these is the high rate of absenteeism from school. “When we heard the Queens call for companies, NGOs and individuals to adopt a school during the launch of Hlokomela Banana, we knew our prayers were answered. A girl should never feel ashamed of being a girl and certainly should not be forced to miss a day of school due to circumstances beyond her control especially that of God’s creation” concluded Masoabi
Mr. Lehlohonolo Morabe, Hanger’s Hope Secondary School Principal thanked ETL for the generous offer to the girls.”We really appreciate what you are doing and hope girls will no longer feel ashamed and miss school at any time of the month due the changes happening in their bodies” said Morabe
On the other hand, the teacher at ‘Mantoetse Secondary School, Ms Lineo Motsopa said that she could not express her gratitude enough because this will not just help the girls but the teachers too.”The girls will now feel confident and concentrate in class which will enhance learning and reduce workload and stress on the teachers and improve the results” concluded Motsopa.
These are the five schools out of eight where all the girls will receive sanitary pads from ETL and HLF for a year. Other Schools are Sehong-hong High, Rankakala High and Quthing Secondary.
Hlokomela Banana project was launched by Queen ‘Masenate Mohato Seeiso to ensure that girls in Seconday and High Schools get free sanitary towels.