Qaba drives sanitary towel projec

WHEN Amanda Qaba decided to help out a group of underprivileged female students at her college with sanitary towels last year, she thought it would just be a “once-off” project.

GOOD CAUSE: KSD TVET College student Amanda Qaba, right, and her friend Athi Gubudela have been collecting donations to buy sanitary towels they distribute to needy fellow students and rural schools Picture: SUPPLIED

But now she has made it her mission to ensure that every schoolgirl in the Eastern Cape does not miss a day of schooling when they menstruate.

Growing up in a comfortable home, the only time the 25-year-old, third-year civil engineering student at King Sabata Dalindyebo (KSD) Technical and Vocational Training and Education College in Mthatha felt embarrassed about her own body was in high school at the age of 14.

At the time, Qaba had just experienced her first period while in class and had to phone her father to come and fetch her.

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