Education, Health & Dignity Campaign
Many South African learners, girls and boys, often miss school because their families cannot afford to buy them basic toiletries for personal hygiene. Since 2019, Ecorbit Health and its stakeholders have been issuing Health and Dignity Packs, at first just to girls, many of whom miss school because they do not have sanitary pads, but now also to boys. Restoring a child’s dignity improves his or her self-esteem, and the hope is that better self-esteem will encourage attendance at school and improve a child’s chances of passing.
In light of the above initiatives, Ecorbit Health is responding by distributing dignity packs to learners which contains, body lotion, toothpaste, toilet roll, roll-on deodorant and a pack of sanitary towels. A pack for children with albinism includes sunscreen, a lip balm, aqueous cream, a hat and the above generic pack. The eligible students come from an economically poor background and offers support to both young men and women to take care of their personal hygiene requirements.
In addition, the team at Ecorbit Health are part of High School Career Expo in South Africa, to ensure all students have equitable access to local work-based learning opportunities that help them connect the classroom to the real world.