O Graceland (OGL) together with MENstruation Foundation will be launching a historic sanitary pad vending machine at School of Hope in Observatory in Cape Town.
The machine will be handed over to and stationed at School of Hope. The aim of the project is to create a sustainable free access module, where corporates can sponsor and fund a machine or machines. Corporates will also get a variety of rewards.
OGL is a Cape Town non-profit organisation that houses young girls ageing out of childcare homes. The NPO opened its doors at Oude Molen Eco Village, Pinelands in 2017, becoming, at the time, one of the only two homes of its nature in the Western Cape.
On the other hand, The MENstruation Foundation is a charity organisation that fights period poverty. It is led by Marius Basson, Siv Ngesi and Babalwa Latsha. The organisation believes that if men bled once a month, sanitary products would be free, and their main goal is to achieve this in SA.
In the subsequent phases of the landmark project, more vending machines will be produced and distributed through partnerships with corporates to schools and community centres in order to fill a critical need for sanitary pads.
The project is supported by MTN and as well as gen-xx, and it has also been sponsored by Veracity Markets.