Izah, and his brother Akani, 13 and 12 years old respectively, are pupils at Durban Preparatory High School in Morningside Durban – Grade 7 and 6.
The boys are fanatical about sports and participate in almost every sporting code that is available to them. Izah is a provincial representative for both Waterpolo and Rugby, while both him and Akani are district level Cross Country Runners.
A few months ago, the boys learned about puberty in school and had tons of questions for their mom.
They were very saddened to hear that many girls are forced to stay at home every time they menstruate. These brothers don’t like staying at home for anything. They thoroughly love school, and missing a day is simply out of the question for them.
They decided that they needed to do something to help other kids. Their mom has always made them believe that they can change the world, and that is something that they are absolutely determined to do. They aspire to always Be Kind and Do Good – Which has become something of a family motto.
After the chat with mom, Izah and Akani did a Sanitary Drive for St Augustine School for girls and collected 500 packs of Pads. Their initial plan had been to collect and donate 50 packs of pads, however their father soon encouraged them to be more ambitious.
Thanks to the Berea Mail, news was spread about the Sanitary Pad Drive:
IOL also wrote a story about their campaign:
Knowing that he has a huge platform through sports, Izah has used the opportunity presented by sports tours to build awareness around their initiative, and help many more girls stay in school, through him doing what he loves most – playing sports.
The recent SACS Waterpolo tournament presented the perfect opportunity to do just this and Izah was able to launch a very successful campaign where, with the help of Engen and Caring4Girls, he was able to raise over 500 packs of pads and an incredible donation towards Rippon Primary for a year’s supply of sanitary pads for each girl learner.
Izah and Akani have now started their own Non-Profit Foundation, called Be Kind. Do Good which is aimed at continuing the work they have started to take on their cause.
We would love it if you can help us get the word out and help on their mission to end Period Poverty in South Africa.