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By Tinotenda Sibanda 18 July 2018 pg 9

Stanbic Bank has extended its sanitary wear distribution to Mashonaland West with two donations in Banket and Chegutu. The bank was at Donhodzo Primary School in Chegutu as part of their social responsibility headed by female employees. Founder of the school, Amai Makoni, thanked the bank for the initiative looking out for the girl child since most missed schools during their periods because of lack of proper sanitary wear. She said they lag behind in learning during their periods. Those who cannot afford sanitary pads use old clothes. She said there is also need to provide water facilities, books and proper toilets to ensure hygiene. Talia Women’s Network Director, Seliwe Zakaria, who are working with Stanbic Zimbabwe encouraged the girls to practice hygiene during their menses to avoid infections. She said menstruation should not restrict girls from going to school. She said the days of treating puberty education as a taboo are gone and that it calls for communities to discuss the problem that girls face during periods. She encouraged girls to take note of body changes and use available resources to ensure good hygiene. School teacher, Edith Kutoba, who had been in the process of trying to curb the challenges the girls face said the campaign was an answer to her prayers. The village head Diniwe Mukomberanwa also expressed gratitude.