Oil and gas firm donates sanitary pads for schoolgirls in Kigamboni

16Aug 2019
Devota Mwachang'a
The Guardian
Oil and gas firm donates sanitary pads for schoolgirls in Kigamboni

GIRL students at Kigamboni (Navy) Secondary School in Dar es Salaam will now be able to effectively attend classes throughout the month, thanks to SAHARA Tanzania Limited for supporting them with sanitary pads for menstrual hygiene.

Members of the Sahara Tanzania Limited staff present sanitary towels to 105 students of Dar es Salaam’s Kigamboni Secondary yesterday in marking International Youth Day (August 12). Photo: Correspondent Devotha Mwachang’a

The company joined students of Kigamboni Secondary and vocation training college, teachers and staff on Tuesday to mark International Youth Day (IYD) as part of implementing their social activities to the community.

Reports show that some schoolgirls, especially in poor rural areas, miss their studies every time during their menstruation period.

Sanula Amri, a Form Four student said that lack of sanitary towels contributes to hindering academic performance to some girls especially those from poor families as they fail to attend classes during menstruating.

“I have been going through a tough situation during menstruation period due to lack of sanitary pads, this situation forces me to miss school during menstruation period. I am not living with my parents, so I can’t afford to buy pads because the money I get from well-wishers is spent on other things including paying for my transport to school...I extend my gratitude to Sahara for today’s support,” said Amri.

Mwajabu Mrutu Business Development Officer from Sahara Tanzania used the platform to inspire school girls to live their dreams, and urged them to devote their time in studying hard instead of taking education for granted.

“Amongst other challenges, let us work on lack of sanitary pads for a while; Good future depends on how you prepare it, ensure you avoid temptations and other challenges which might ruin your education...if you really want to become somebody in the future you have to value yourself and identify your need in life,” she said.

Abayomi Oyenuga, general manager of Sahara Tanzania said: “We are celebrating the International youth Day with one of the schools within the community where we operate...Sahara is doing this everywhere it operates.

“We are into Oil and Gas business but everywhere we go we try to identify what we can give back to our community, we try to get closer to our community and see how we can work together with the people surrounding us.”

Oyenuga said they have been doing this across several older schools, as part of social activities commitment in where the company works to actually strengthen social responsibilities when it comes to give back to the community.

He mentioned other social activities including renovations of the Pugu secondary library, schools toilets, as well as several awareness campaigns with different schools.

The Company’s ambassador Neema Haule said they commemorated IYD in a style by doing cleanliness surrounding the school's environment, cleaning trench drains, and playing football friend match between Sahara staff and school's staff.

Lisa Ntavyo, a form two student, Leader of School’s Environment Club thanked the company for participating in environmental cleaning because good learning requires conducive environment. She urged the company to do the same to other schools and community as a whole.

Sahara Tanzania Limited is an affiliate of Sahara Group, an energy conglomerate with operations in over 38 countries across Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

In celebrating IYD, Sahara Foundation is calling on private sector and civil society partners to work together to make education more inclusive and accessible for young Tanzanians especially those in rural communities and those living with disabilities to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.