A 29-year-old Tshegofatso Moroka says the establishment of the ‘Rescue The Girl Child’ initiative was an unplanned one. She did not set out to do it.
The young executive explained that how it came about was just a spur of the moment. “I happened to have been in a church service in a village in Kgatleng District. As I sat in the service and surveyed the demographics of the church, I couldn’t help but realise that quite a few of the young congregants, especially the young girls, appeared to have some obvious social needs,” Moroka said.
She was quick to explain that this is not to sound obnoxious or in any shape or form to judge a book by its cover.
“It’s simply a case of what one may term ‘perceived needs’. Like many a rural setting in Botswana, the majority of the local population is unemployed.”
So, it is when she made that mental observation in that church setting, that she concluded that, since the church is a subset of the community, it was highly likely that other girls in the village were facing similar economic hardships.
“Although I can’t say I have ever experienced what I believed they were experiencing, I couldn’t help it but empathise and ask myself what I could do to help, however small that help would be. Since I was struck by the apparent plight of those young girls, most of whom I assumed were either pre-teens or early teens in upper primary or lower middle school, I asked myself: ‘What is a young teenage girl’s most common and urgent need?’ That’s when the
She explained that she has heard heart-wrenching tales of young pubescent girls using makeshift rags, sponges, and even toilet paper as sanitary pads. She could not imagine the pain and plight of such. And if she could do something about it, she chose to give it a try. “Since I didn’t and don’t have the financial muscle, I then decided to start this ‘Rescue The Girl Child’ drive whereby I would sell my idea to my close friends, asking them to donate sanitary pads that I would later donate to some girls at the village of Dikgonnye.”
Initially, her idea was only to collect as many sanitary pads as she could and simply go and donate them.
She imagined a once-off thing. However, as she cast her idea wide, it gained massive traction and interest and is now evolving into an initiative that might become an organisation that periodically donates sanitary pads across the country.
She added: “But of course it’s still very much at a very infant stage at the moment”.
In conclusion, she stated that the interest has been encouraging, and thanked Batswana for not only making enquiries, but also making donations and also helping her with ideas to fine-tune this initiative.
“I’ve been greatly encouraged even by multiple offers of random strangers willing to become volunteers in taking this initiative to those who need it the most - the vulnerable girl child.”