This initiative was inspired by the story of a grade 7 pupil from Kwa Zulu-Natal, who was raped on the way home after she had to return to collect her face mask. It is a terrible experience for any child to be denied access to the school's premises, on account of not having a face mask. Nomalanga Mashinini, a lecturer in the faculty who drove this initiative, hopes that the donations can equip school teachers with a set of masks in case any learner arrives at school without a face mask.
The following schools are the recipients of face masks for the first phase of our drive:
- Fikizolo Public Primary School
- George Dickerson Primary School
- St. Mary's RC Primary School
- NV Cewu Public Primary School
- Tantyi Public School
All face masks are embroidered "STOP GBV" and "STOP RAPE". We cannot be silenced, not by GBV, and not by COVID/19.
Through this initiative, we will also support a local business, Campus Concepts, which produced 600 of these masks.
Watch this video to find out how you can get involved.