Saturday, 18 July 2020 10:31

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South African NGO Imbumba Foundation, the pioneers of the annual #Trek4Mandela Mount Kilimanjaro expedition will launch “67 Pledges for Mandela Day” on the 18th of July 2020.The foundation, which has been a custodian for Mandela Day for the past ten years, has identified three key areas of need in the current climate which they wish to address through three of their latest initiatives involving Menstrual Hygiene, Education and Food Security. The Foundation calls for all South Africans to support its mission to intensify its Covid-19 response drive.

67 000 Girls is an extension of the already existing #Caring4Girls program which seeks to restore the dignity of young girls by providing them with sanitary ware and related products as well as menstrual hygiene education. The aim is to reach 67 000+ girls who have previously not benefited from the #caring4Girls program. With a contribution of as little as R10.00, through purchasing a pack of sanitary towels, (at Dischem Pharmacies) one will be donating to #caring4girls through the #MillionComforts campaign. Respective brands will match each pack purchased.

27 000 Matriculants (3000 each province) will be assisted with career guidance, university applications, NSFAS and bursary applications for 2021 academic year. Through Yethu Scholars, 20 young people will be employed for six months to help enable the Class of 2020 and alleviate some of the adverse effects that covid-19 has had on school going children, in particular, those who are in their exit year.

As an additional aid to the education plight, the foundation has partnered with the Thuli Madonsela Foundation, to provide a minimum of 67 000 GIG of Data (through the Data Inclusivity Bank) to tackle the issue of access to data and related resources. Data will be made available to disadvantaged Matriculants, for access to the relevant online learning material and online catch-up programs.

All three programs will run simultaneously from July to December 2020. CEO of Imbumba Foundation, Mr. Richard Mabaso says “South Africans are urged to remember the values of the late Nelson Mandela and play their part in the fight against inequality. Our programs are targeted at those who are disenfranchised. Covid-19 has put an enormous burden on the shoulders of those who had already been struggling and as civil society, our work gets harder, but the hope of our communities is in all our hands. We all have a significant role to play”.