Club hands over 10,500 cartons of sanitary pads to EATV/Radio drive

21Jun 2022
Mary Kadoke
The Guardian
Club hands over 10,500 cartons of sanitary pads to EATV/Radio drive

ROTARY Club of Dar es Salaam Oyster Bay has donated 10,500 cartons of sanitary towels in support of the sixth phase of a campaign dubbed ‘Namthamini’ conducted by the East African Television (EATV) and East African Radio as support to needy school girls.

The Oysterbay (Dar es Salaam) regional president for Rotary International, Aisha Sykes (R), presents 10,000 cartons of sanitary pads to IPP Companies director Abdiel Mengi yesterday. The Rotary Club support is meant for school girls and is in implementation of an on-going sensitisation campaign hosted by East Africa Radio and EATV. Witnessing the event are Second right is Rotary International president Shekhar Mehta (2nd-R), East Africa Television Ltd managing director Regina Mengi (2nd-L) and Rashi Mehta. Photo: Correspondent Miraji Msala

The partnership event happened yesterday at the EATV and Radio headquarters in Dar es Salaam. Under the campaign a total of 5,000 girls in three southern regions of Ruvuma, Mtwara and Njombe will be reached.

Handing over the towels, Rotary Club of Dar es Salaam Oyster Bay President  Aisha Sykes, said the partnership support came from the aligning responsibility of empowering girls that the two organisations had which made them decide to officially work together to support the project.

“I believe our goals align and for now we are starting with principles of friendship to offer our support. We came here and shook hands and you have pledged that you will give us air time. We are therefore donating 10,500 cartons of sanitary pads that will support 800 pupils for a year,” she said.

Sykes who is also an official Namthamini Project ambassador said in the course of empowering a girl child, their task was to identify partners with aligning values and even in a better way that what Rotary could do.

 “So we researched and learned the fact that IPP has existed in the market for a long time. East Africa radio and television offered airtime to educate girls on things they should do to make sure that their future looks bright. Therefore we are glad to work with partners who passionately believe in women.”

IPP Media chairman Abdiel Mengi commended the club’s initiative to support the project that has been the norm of the company.

“We as IPP media group are very passionate about giving back to the community and today we thank Rotary Club of Dar es Salaam in their commitment to support the Namthamini Project,” he said.

He also lauded Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta for his visit to Tanzania and his visit at IPP media for the first time.

The Namthamini campaign started in 2017 after receiving reports that between 50 and 60 students discontinue their studies every year due to lack of sanitary pads.

The campaign has helped to break the taboo in regard to menstrual hygiene by reaching 15 regions including Arusha, Kagera, Dar es Salaam, Lindi, Coast, Tabora, Tanga and Singida.