Girl Talk Initiative
  
Girl Talk is an initiative launched by BecomingKids at Cloetesville Primary School on the outskirts of Stellenbosch. The school caters for around 700 learners from a poor community.

BecomingKids is an early intervention programme focusing on high-risk children living in the Cloetesville area. It is managed by Stellumthombo and addresses the needs of the children through a holistic approach focusing on the physical, social and emotional well-being of each child. The programme is based on the philosophy that children need to be children and strives to create a safe space where they can flourish as individuals. Visit their website at   https://stellumthombo.co.za/

The Girl Talk initiative is aimed at 11- to 14-year-old girls who start to menstruate. Because of their difficult financial circumstances most of the girls lack the basic hygienic necessities to deal with this major development in their lives. Many girls use newspaper when they menstruate and as a result stay away from school during their periods.

BecomingKids, with a sponsorship from Proud Partners, decided to become involved and restore the girls' dignity. They organized a Girl Talk event at the school for 44 of the girls. Arina Scheepers, the driving force behind BecomingKids, delivered an educational and motivational talk, and volunteer Alta van Zyl led the girls in song and the latest dance movements. A great time was had by all! 

Every girl also received a hamper to the value of R220 containing 3 specially designed menstruation panties with 9 pads. These pads are washable and can be reused for 5 years. 

Because of the popularity of this event, it was decided to host it for another school with a similar background as well. A.F. Louw Primary School were chosen - they provide schooling for a wide variety of 695 children from Stellenbosch and the surrounding farming community further afield.

Arina and her team hosted the event for 43 girls at the school. This time around they had additional gifts for the girls: Body cream as well as Body spray, gracefully sponsored by Oh So Heavenly. The girls absolutely loved it. We thank Oh So Heavenly for this generous donation.
  
Due to the massive success of this initiative, Proud Partners wishes to implement it in other disadvantaged communities as well. If anyone is interested in sponsoring and hosting such an event in their area, please contact us. Proud Partners is willing to lend a helping hand with the necessary arrangements.
  

A happy recipient
Cloetesville Primary School
Cloetesville Primary School
The children enjoy the presentation
Jeanrique Nel, Arina Scheepers & Alta Joubert leading the dance
Fun was had by all
A clip of the dancing
Everyone participated with enthusiasm
Arina Scheepers gave a compelling demonstration
Jeanrique Nel helps with the hampers
The hampers are handed out
Jeanrique Nel, Headmaster Abraham Samuels, Isabel Verwey, Alta Joubert, & Arina Scheepers with the children
A. F. Louw Primary School
A. F. Louw Primary School
Arina Scheepers gave another engaging demonstration
A clip of the dancing
Everyone joined Ingrid in the fun
A happy girl
Oh So Heavenly sponsored these products
 Ingrid, Isabel Verwey & Arina Scheepers with the children