NGO trains girl learners in making sanitary reusable pads and face masks
By Blessings Kaunda – Mana
Mana: Rural Development Partners (RDP) has trained 30 girl learners drawn from three primary schools in the area of Traditional Authority (TA) Mtwalo in Mzimba in making reusable sanitary pads and face masks.
Speaking Thursday in Mzuzu during a joint meeting for Mzimba North Covid-19 Education Cluster and the district’s civil protection committee, RDP Executive Director, Daniel Nyirenda said the initiative is geared at empowering the girls in income generating activities.
He said the organization trained the girls in making reusable sanitary pads and face masks because most of the girls cannot afford to buy disposable pads as they are expensive.
“We did not only train them in making reusable pads, we also trained them in making reusable face masks considering that most people cannot manage to be buying disposable masks now and then to prevent them from Coronavirus,” said Nyirenda.
He said the girls will be selling the products within their communities thereby generating income which they can use to buy their school materials among others.
“They can use the money they realize from sales of these products to buy school materials such as school uniforms, soap and exercise books just to mention a few,” he said.
Mzimba North, Director of Administration, Tamala Nyirongo appealed to non-governmental organisations (NGOs) for continued support to schools as one way of enhancing adherence to Covid -19 prevention measures.
“I am so far pleased with the support which NGOs continue to provide to schools. Some schools have insufficient facilities such as water points, learning desks and classrooms which are catalysts to Covid-19 prevention practices.