About This Pillar
The Children’s Welfare pillar is a continuum of services designed to ensure that children are safe and that families have the necessary support to care for their children successfully.
To ensure that children who live in conditions that may be unfavourable to their health and development receive the necessary assistance and care at the right time, one key initiative under this pillar is “Caring4Girls Botswana” initiative.
SKMF first got involved with Caring4Girls in early 2014 when the organization, working in partnership with Imbumba Foundation and Trek4Mandela, hosted an activation at Bokamoso Junior Secondary School. During this activation, all 300 female students received a two-month supply of sanitary towels. Furthermore, the foundation donated a year’s supply to 67 underprivileged students at the school to mark 67 Minutes for Mandela.
Female students face great challenges in terms of hygiene and sanitation. Many girls in hard to reach or resource-poor areas of the country who are menstruating face difficulties due to lack of access to adequate sanitary protection. As a result, girls miss on average five days of school every month which is about 50 days in a year, meaning they fall behind in class and sometimes even drop out of school altogether. This is an added challenge to the already existing problems that lead to the high drop out rates of female students.