Transition to womanhood a moment of pride, says Reeston campaigner

Reeston resident Phozisa Nunu has started a sanitary towel drive, Bhadi to Butterflies, for girls who are in need.
Reeston resident Phozisa Nunu has started a sanitary towel drive, Bhadi to Butterflies, for girls who are in need.
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Menstruation is a vital step in the wonderful journey to womanhood, and teens should embrace this natural phenomenon with insight, confidence and pride, says Reeston resident Phozisa Nunu.

The 28-year-old Fort Hare University graduate, who grew up poor and in tough circumstances, wants this message to spread through society as she campaigns to donate sanitary pads to girls who cannot afford them.

She started in her neighbourhood. Her campaign, Bhadi to Butterflies, has donated 500 packets to girls in her community.

“I have always had a heart for helping those in need. I was involved in charity organisations during my years at Fort Hare University, and that led me to start my own drive in my community.

“We focused on schoolgirls to urge them to not deprive themselves of education.”

The campaign also educates young vulnerable girls about feminine hygiene, teenage pregnancy and offers career guidance.

Nunu said: “Many young girls suffer from feminine illnesses due to using toilet paper rolls or old cloth when on their period, but mostly they tend to miss school for three to five days until they finish their cycle.”

The beneficiaries range from the ages of 11 to 13.

“The aim is to at least donate on a monthly basis to underprivileged schools in my community and then expand to other neighbourhoods,” she said.

The drive relies on donations from friends, family, people responding to social media and Nunu’s own money.

Nominator Mzi Matiwanne described Nunu as a humanitarian who puts in a huge effort to change the lives of girls for good.

“I believe her being chosen as a local hero will not only serve as motivation for her, but for the young girls she works with and communities that benefit from her selfless efforts.

“Her spirit and eagerness to help proves that the people and especially, women of this country can do a lot of things if they set their minds to it, regardless of the discouraging environments they come from,”  Matiwane said. 

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