Teen helps keep other girls at school

Girl holding back pack

Avantika with the Subz pack!

At sixteen most teenagers’ girls are planning their sweet 16, but not Avantika Naidoo. On her sixteenth birthday, she asked her friends and family to skip giving her presents and use that money to donate to a cause close to her heart, which is “Keeping girls in school”.

The then Grade 10 student from Rustenburg Girls’ High School wanted to make a difference in the lives of other girls and give them the same chance she has, to continued going to school even when they are menstruating.

Leading up to my 16th birthday, my mom Pregashnie and I decided to make a difference in the lives of teenage girls,” she said.

Most girls don’t have access to sanitary pads due to how expensive they can get and often can’t afford them. Seeing this problem, Avantika partnered with Sue Barnes organisation, that designs and makes re-usable sanitary pads called “Subz pant and pads”.

We wanted something that would empower them to continue their education and excel during the natural process of menstruation because statistics indicate that girls miss out school when they don’t have access to sanitary pads.”

What makes these pads special is,  that they are reusable! Avantika asked people to help buy the Subz pants and pads. They then went and gave it to girls who live in disadvantaged communities through Project Dignity, but she didn’t stop there.

With each donation, the girls were taught more about the female body and were able to ask questions. During this Avantika realised that a lot of people didn’t know the challenges young women faced.

Many people take things for granted, not realising others are in need of basic necessities. If we all work together, we can make a difference and have a better and brighter future.”

She raised about R5 000, allowing her to buy 32 Subz packs. St George’s Home for Girls in Wynberg received 17, and Kerria Primary School in Atlantis, 15 packs.

She plans to continue raising funds where possible and keep teaching other young girls about women’s health and spread the world to the rest of the world.

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