Glencore Ferroalloys donates sanitary pads to help fight scarcity in local schools.

posted: 01/12/2021

At the beginning of August 2021, Glencore Ferroalloys sought out to empower and uplift young girls in their communities by rolling out sanitary pad donations and saying no to girl children missing school due to a lack of sanitary pads. The initiative which began with a partnership between Glencore and the lmbumba foundation was aimed at providing over 6 700 sanitary pads to girls around Glencore operations.

"lm bum ba is a non-profit  organisation  that  was estab lished to bring about social change and  economic  upliftment within rural and economically marginalised  communities. We found great synergy between Glencore and ourselves because they too have shown that they are committed to making a difference in the comm unit ies where they operate. Having seen what  we  have managed  to  achieve through th is partnership has been really affirming for us at lm bum ba and we look forward to making an even bigger impact in the future." said the founder of lmbumba, Richard Mabaso.

Since the beginning of the initiative, Glencore and lm bum ba have reached at least 55 schoo ls in the North West and Limpopo provinces, which have all been provided with sanitary pads. We have successfully com pleted  our  first phase of distribution whereby each girl was given six packs of sanitary pads which will last for six months. Our second phase of distribution of another six packs is planned for February/ March 2022, and w ill form part of the Back-to-School campaign. The sanitary pads are sourced from lmbumba's flagship  Caring4Girls,  which  was estab lished  with  the aim to support indigent girls with sanita ry towels , puberty education and menstrual hygiene to  keep them in school. To date, the programme has empowered over 7 million girl children across South Africa and neighbouring countries.

"When we found out what lmbumba was doing to keep girl children in schools, we knew we had to partner with them so we  cou ld  ensure that girls within  the communities  around our operations never face such a cha llenge again. Education is abso lut ely key in giving these girls a better  future and sanita ry pad pove rty shou ld  not  be a stum b lin g  block. We are proud to  have  reached  so  many  young  girls through this partnersh ip and  we  are  extrem ely  optimistic  about their future." Glencore Ferroalloys' Enterprise & Supplier Development Superintendent, Ms Charl in Ntu li said.

Mr Malekane who is the principal  at  Gobetse  Hig h  Schoo  l, one of the schoo ls that received the sanitary pad donations, thanked both lmbum ba and Glencore for the initiative, saying it was a great necessity in their community. "Having access to san itary pads should be a basic hum an rig ht but unfortunately so many of our young girls find them selves unable to do so because their guardians sim ply can not afford them. When Glencore approached  us to  say they would  like to help our girl pupils, I was so g ratefu l because this gives them a fair chance to really work towards getting t hemselves educated and to help improve their lives and those of their families." he added.

To date,  the  initiative  has  donated  62 556  packs  of  pads to alm ost 70 426 girls from around Glen core's operat ions. Glencore has also made one of their nurses avai lable to help educate the girls on menstrual hygiene an d puberty as and when they require it.

Well-know n actor, Clement Maosa, from Skeem Saam who was present at one of the handovers, to ld the young girls to never stop striv ing for their dreams. "Quote from Clem ent"

Through this initiative  and  many others, Glencore  continues to remain committed to creating progress together in their communities and beyond.

For further informat ion please visit:
www.glencore.com/south-africa

At the beginning of August 2021, Glencore Ferroalloys sought out to empower and uplift young girls in their communities by rolling out sanitary pad donations and saying no to girl children missing school due to a lack of sanitary pads. The initiative which began with a partnership between Glencore and the lmbumba foundation was aimed at providing over 6 700 sanitary pads to girls around Glencore operations.

"lm bum ba is a non-profit  organisation  that  was estab lished to bring about social change and  economic  upliftment within rural and economically marginalised  communities. We found great synergy between Glencore and ourselves because they too have shown that they are committed to making a difference in the comm unit ies where they operate. Having seen what  we  have managed  to  achieve through th is partnership has been really affirming for us at lm bum ba and we look forward to making an even bigger impact in the future." said the founder of lmbumba, Richard Mabaso.

Since the beginning of the initiative, Glencore and lm bum ba have reached at least 55 schoo ls in the North West and Limpopo provinces, which have all been provided with sanitary pads. We have successfully com pleted  our  first phase of distribution whereby each girl was given six packs of sanitary pads which will last for six months. Our second phase of distribution of another six packs is planned for February/ March 2022, and w ill form part of the Back-to-School campaign. The sanitary pads are sourced from lmbumba's flagship  Caring4Girls,  which  was estab lished  with  the aim to support indigent girls with sanita ry towels , puberty education and menstrual hygiene to  keep them in school. To date, the programme has empowered over 7 million girl children across South Africa and neighbouring countries.

"When we found out what lmbumba was doing to keep girl children in schools, we knew we had to partner with them so we  cou ld  ensure that girls within  the communities  around our operations never face such a cha llenge again. Education is abso lut ely key in giving these girls a better  future and sanita ry pad pove rty shou ld  not  be a stum b lin g  block. We are proud to  have  reached  so  many  young  girls through this partnersh ip and  we  are  extrem ely  optimistic  about their future." Glencore Ferroalloys' Enterprise & Supplier Development Superintendent, Ms Charl in Ntu li said.

Mr Malekane who is the principal  at  Gobetse  Hig h  Schoo  l, one of the schoo ls that received the sanitary pad donations, thanked both lmbum ba and Glencore for the initiative, saying it was a great necessity in their community. "Having access to san itary pads should be a basic hum an rig ht but unfortunately so many of our young girls find them selves unable to do so because their guardians sim ply can not afford them. When Glencore approached  us to  say they would  like to help our girl pupils, I was so g ratefu l because this gives them a fair chance to really work towards getting t hemselves educated and to help improve their lives and those of their families." he added.

To date,  the  initiative  has  donated  62 556  packs  of  pads to alm ost 70 426 girls from around Glen core's operat ions. Glencore has also made one of their nurses avai lable to help educate the girls on menstrual hygiene an d puberty as and when they require it.

Well-know n actor, Clement Maosa, from Skeem Saam who was present at one of the handovers, to ld the young girls to never stop striv ing for their dreams. "Quote from Clem ent"

Through this initiative  and  many others, Glencore  continues to remain committed to creating progress together in their communities and beyond.

For further informat ion please visit:
www.glencore.com/southafrica