Maseru -Lack of sanitary towels adversely affects the girl child’s quality of in Lesotho, often forcing some young female students to stay out of school while others resort to harmful remedies that could damage their health. In light of such experiences, the Lesotho Revenue Authority (LRA) through their Corporate Social Investment programme (CSI) has donated M51, 748 towards Hlokomela Banana, an initiative that has been established by Her Majesty Queen ‘Masenate Mohato Bereng Seeiso three years ago to alleviate challenges faced by underprivileged girls during their menstrual periods.
Through the donation, a total of 777 girls drawn from 10 high schools across the country will benefit. Schools that will benefit include Hangers Hope High, Sefako High School, Tšepe High School, as well as Sebelekoane High School. To complete the list, Bethesda High School, Ramatšeliso Combined School, Motšoanakaba, Montši Combined School and Pokane High School are also set to benefit.
By availing pads and toiletries to learners, the initiative which is under the Queen’s National Trust Fund seeks to improve girls’ learning environment. “We are thankful and appreciate what the LRA has done for us. This will go a long way in restoring dignity and confidence towards these kids. It has become clear that this is a big issue because it has an impact on the success of the girl child in this country.
“Some of them are forced to stay out of school during their menstruation period to avoid humiliation and embarrassment from others. Therefore we really have to commend the revenue authority for what they have done. I wish the government could consider zero rating revenue on sanitary towels to ease availability,” Her Majesty said during the handover ceremony on Wednesday this week.
The LRA Acting Commissioner General ‘Mapali Lepholisa revealed that the authority’s mandate goes beyond just revenue collection but also sustainably contributing to the economic development of Lesotho through giving back to the society. “As the authority, we reaffirm our continued support towards developmental initiatives, and as a public entity we will continue to align ourselves with the Government of Lesotho’s developmental priorities, in this case access to quality education by all.
We appreciate the opportunity to take part in this noble initiative,” Lepholisa said. When it was launched three years ago in Mokhotlong district, the Trust Fund started with a total of 750 girls but today it caters for up to 19 000 girls.
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