BUIKWE – Nile Breweries Limited (NBL) staff have on Thursday, May 9 donated reusable pads worth UGX 5M to over 500 girls from 6 schools in Buikwe district.
This drive is part of its volunteering program aimed at creating a better world and an outreach to the girlchild
Various studies have shown that menstrual hygiene continues to be a leading factor in increasing school dropout rate among girls in Uganda and Africa at large’
This has been greatly attributed to a lack of proper sanitary towels thus affecting school performance and attendance levels.
The Nile Breweries Limited Country Director, Mr Thomas Kamphuis urged the girls to put their best foot forward and pave way for the development of their communities.
“We want you to become children of stature and make a difference in society by completing your education so that you can become role models in your communities,” said Kamphuis.
He added :
“We hope that some of you can join us in the future as employees to serve the nation better and this can only be attained if you stay focused and stay in school.
Ms. Mary Ndagire, headteacher Namiya Church of Uganda primary school applauded the team and said;
“We have many challenges as rural schools, and the lack of proper of sanitary towels is a dominant one. This donation will enable girls to concentrate in class rather than being on tension and discomfort for the fear to being embarrassed.”
“As a company, we engage in initiatives that are over and above profit-making because it is important that our communities thrive and education is one of the vehicles,” said Onapito Ekomoloit, Legal and Corporate Affairs, NBL.
He noted ;
“This is the third time were are donating reusable pads, the first was to over 300 girls in Murchison Bay primary school Luzira and 600 girls to Wakisi primary school in Jinja.
The auspicious event was graced by Deputy Mayor Wakisi division, Ms. Halima Namata, Councillors, parents and other districts leaders with beneficiaries from Kiira public school, Kiyagi primary, Namiya Roman Catholic school, Wakisi UMEA and Wakisi Roman Catholic Primary School.