An art exhibition at Riverside Terrace tonight is raising money to buy sanitary products for girls and women who can’t afford them.
James House’s Hellen Matsvisi says many in the community can’t afford pads and other basic needs.
“There is a major lack of access to sanitary towels as many of these girls come from poor families, hence resorting to alternatives like cloth and tissues, which are not hygienic.”
James House was established in 1986 to meet the most basic needs of safety, shelter, food, clothing and education for children who had been abandoned, abused or neglected. It was named after the first child taken into care.
“Today, James House is a strong, stable organisation running four programmes that together encompass a comprehensive range of services to vulnerable children and young people, as well as their families,” Ms Matsvisi said.
James House is working with local artists to raise money for pads. They’re aiming to buy 5 000 and hand them out in the communities where they’re most needed.
Elzanne Louw – whose work includes printmaking, painting, ceramics and textiles – is one of the artists exhibiting at the exhibition fund-raiser.
She also specialises in hand-painted garments and textile art under the LO fashion label.
The exhibition is on from 5.30pm to 8.30pm. Admission is three packs of pads. Call Hellen at 021 790 5616 or 084 084 3903 to RSVP or for more details.