#End Period Poverty by Stellenbosch University SA Foundation UK cover photo


raised by 28 donations

of £3,000.00 Target Goal


The Story

Picture yourself as a young woman brimming with ambition, ready to seize the opportunities that university offers. But there's a cruel barrier blocking your path – the lack of access to something as fundamental as sanitary products. This is the stark reality for countless young women in South Africa, and it's high time we put an end to it. The gravity of this issue cannot be emphasized enough. Every single month, 22 million South African women face their periods, and shockingly, a staggering 35% of them are forced into an impossible dilemma: buy food or buy sanitary products. No one should ever have to choose between their basic needs and a natural bodily function like menstruation. Tragically, 4 million women are deprived of education and training for an average of 5 days each month simply because they cannot afford sanitary products. This deprivation not only strips them of their right to education but also stifles their potential, perpetuating a vicious cycle of inequality. Enter the #EndPeriodPoverty campaign – and we're calling on you to stand with us and make a real difference. By rallying behind this crucial cause, you have the power to empower Stellenbosch University to provide affordable and/or free locally made eco-friendly pads to female students in need. These young women face the heartbreaking choice of sacrificing sanitary products for tuition fees or even forgoing meals. Together, we have the power to rewrite the narrative for these young women. Imagine the transformative impact of ensuring that no female student at Stellenbosch University misses out on classes due to a lack of menstrual products. Education is a potent force for change, and by tackling period poverty head-on, we can unlock a brighter future for countless women. Stellenbosch University has already taken the first steps by installing three free sanitary pad vending machines across our campuses. But we cannot do it alone. We need your generous support to keep these machines stocked and to expand their presence throughout our campus, which is home to 30,000 students, 60% of whom are female. Your contribution will directly aid our vulnerable students, equipping them with the resources they need to attend classes regularly, uphold their dignity, and unleash their full potential. By donating to the #EndPeriodPoverty campaign, you're not just backing the academic journeys of these young women – you're empowering them to break free from the constraints of period poverty. Join us in making a tangible and lasting impact. Together, let's forge a future where every female student at Stellenbosch University in South Africa can pursue their education without the shadow of period poverty looming over them. Donate today and become the catalyst for change that these young women desperately need.

Stellenbosch University SA Foundation UK

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”- Nelson Mandela, awarded an honorary doctorate by Stellenbosch University, 1996. In 2004, Mr. William Frankel OBE, a friend of the university, established the Stellenbosch University SA Foundation UK as a registered charity in the United Kingdom. To create an avenue where friends, as well as alumni, could donate to the furthering and advancement of education in South Africa through Stellenbosch University. The charity is registered with the Charities Commission. The success of a university depends greatly on the participation of its alumni and friends. The Stellenbosch University Foundation allows for alumni and friends of the university, based outside of South Africa, to financially support the many projects that enhance the educational offering at Stellenbosch University. Remain connected, be involved and help to make a change in future Maties, in South Africa, in Africa and the world! About Stellenbosch University: Stellenbosch University (SU) is home to an academic community of 29 000 students (including 4 000 foreign students from 100 countries) as well as 3 000 permanent staff members (including 1 000 academics) on five campuses. The historical oak-lined university town amongst the Boland Mountains in the Winelands of the Western Cape, South Africa, creates a unique campus atmosphere, which attracts local and foreign students alike. On the main campus, paved walkways wind between campus buildings – some dating from previous centuries; others just a few years old. Architecture from various eras attests to the sound academic foundation and establishment of an institution of excellence. This, together with the scenic beauty of the area; state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly facilities and technology, as well as visionary thinking about the creation of a sustainable 21st-century institution, makes for the unique character of Stellenbosch University. The University is amongst South Africa's leading tertiary institutions based on research output, student pass rates and rated scientists, and is recognised internationally as an academic institution of excellence. It boasts the highest weighted research output per full-time academic staff member of all South African universities and the second-highest number of scientists in South Africa who have been rated by the National Research Foundation (NRF). It also has the highest student success rate in the country. SU is cementing its reputation as a world-class institution. According to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, SU is one of the top 300 universities in the world, and among the top 20 in BRICS countries. With 18 research chairs under the NRF South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChi), the University is regarded as a leader in the fields of biomedical tuberculosis research and management, wine biotechnology, animal sciences and mathematical biosciences. Another SARChi chair, in the field of invasion biology, is shared between SU and the University of Venda. This constitutes but one of SU's many partnerships, both local and international. As a preferred research partner, SU also participates in various international academic networks. SU has ten faculties: AgriSciences, Economic and Management Sciences, Medicine and Health Sciences, Engineering, Military Sciences, Arts and Social Sciences, Science, Education, Law and Theology.

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#End Period Poverty: Latest Donations

Anonymous donated £200.00+ £50.00 on 2024/4/5 at 18:31.

Karen donated £20.00 on 2024/3/20 at 9:52.

Anonymous donated £10.00+ £2.50 on 2024/3/20 at 8:12.

Elrika donated £50.00+ £12.50 on 2024/3/20 at 7:38.

Anonymous donated £10.00+ £2.50 on 2024/3/19 at 20:36.

tania donated £20.00+ £5.00 on 2024/3/13 at 22:20.

Anonymous donated £100.00+ £25.00 on 2024/3/13 at 22:19.