Rössing Uranium recently donated reusable sanitary pads to the girl child of the Willem
Borchard primary school in Okombahe, as part of the mine’s outreach projects.
Okombahe is a settlement in the Dâures constituency of the Erongo region.
Rössing partnered with AnnPads Namibia to provide the girl child from the school with the
At the event, Hermine Bertolini from AnnPads Namibia did a presentation on the socioeconomic
and psychological impact the menstrual cycle has on learners. The presentation was
done with the girls and the boys at the school as the issue at hand impacts both genders.
The partnership includes training for five girls on how to make their own sanitary pads and also
to train their peers.
The school has 104 girls in grades 5-7, the pubescent group the Rössing initiative focused on.
Speaking at the handover event Rössing Uranium’s manager for Partnerships, Communication
and External Affairs Daylight Ekandjo said this donation is in support of the Ministry of
Education’s initiative to keep the girl child in school - even on the days that she is menstruating
as girls tend to stay out of school during their menstrual cycle if they do not have the required
sanitary pads to attend to their needs.
The five learners from Willem Borchard primary school, received training from AnnPads
Namibia’s founder Hermine Bertolini on how to make reusable sanitary pads
“We read reports of how the girl child continue to stay away from school during their menstrual
cycle. These continuous reports have prompted us to also contribute to the Government’s
efforts of helping the girl child stay in school and ultimately complete their education.”
The support in Okombahe is for both the Primary and the Junior Secondary school.
Due to preparations for their examinations the JSS learners could not attend but an AnnPad
package and a starter kit was left for their benefit. The five learners and their teacher from the
primary school will teach them how to make their own pads.
Of note is the fact that the schools can now make reusable pads for own use and can also
generate income by using the acquired skill to make pads for others who might need them.
Rössing Uranium will continue to support the communities in which we operate and beyond, and
it is our sincere hope that this donation to the girl child from Willem Borchard will make a
difference in their lives.
Project partners, AnnPads Nambia’s founder Hermine Bertolini said they aim to reach the girl
child mostly in the rural area and empower them through such initiatives.
“I am pleased to have partnered with Rössing on this initiative, as this also helped us educate
the boy child through our presentations on menstruation.
“We found great value from the engagements with the learners, as they showed willingness to
learn,” she said.
Speaking on behalf of the school, Principle Elias Uusiku said Willem Borchard primary school is
honoured for being beneficiaries of Rössing’s outreach programme.
“We appreciate this initiative, and that our school is benefiting from the programme. It means a
lot to us,” he said, adding that Rössing should continue investing in communities through the
The Rössing Uranium’s support towards “Keeping the Girl Child in school Initiative” is linked to
Goals 10, 12 and 17 of the Sustainable Development Goals.
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