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Caring4Girls Programme  

Caring4Girls is a sanitary towels distribution programme to keep young girls in school during their monthly cycles. The programmes focuses on creating awareness on puberty and adolescent and in the process demystify all menstrual related myths.

The programme was started in 2012 after Richard Mabaso (concept innovator) overhead a fearful conversation between his mom and niece about menstruation which to this day is deemed taboo by many societies. It focuses on the following areas: education and training on: puberty and menstrual hygiene management, handling, usage and disposal of sanitary towels in poor and rural schools or communities.

Research has revealed that most poor girls may miss up to 50 days of schooling annually due to the lack of access to adequate sanitary protection. It is against these shocking statistics that Imbumba Foundation established Caring4Girls to achieve the following:

• Reach and support as many poor girls as possible with sanitary towels
• Create menstrual hygiene awareness through education and training.
• Establish Caring4Girls Advocacy Groups in schools.
• Reduce school a high number of school absenteeism and drop-outs caused by menstrual related challenges.
• Holistic development and empowerment of the girl child and the boy child at a later stage.

Before establishing Caring4Girls in the same year (2012), Richard launched the Trek4Mandela expedition which is an initiative to climb and summit Mount Kilimanjaro for Mandela Day. Over the past 3 years both Trek4Mandela and Caring4Girls programmes have been recognized by the Nelson Mandela Foundation as innovative concepts that help “Make every day a MANDELA Day”.

Dignity, pride, girl empowerment and nation-building are the cornerstones of Caring4Girls and Trek4Mandela and its key principles are: Scalability, Replicability and Sustainability.
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Diary Blog

Exciting times ahead
06.09am - 03.06.2013

Trek4Mandela Day, Leadership Challenge, Vision2020 Youth Leadership and All4One2013 Initiatives are all lined-up projects to be delivered between July and November this year by Imbumba Foundation!!!  We are very excited about all these Initiatives!!!  We are simply setting the trends for Africa's development!!!

Nelson Mandela Day - Luphisi Village
06.55am - 20.07.2012

On the 20th of July2012, Imbumba Foundation will be hosting The Banking Association of South Africa and other partners to celebrate Nelson Mandela Day!  This will be the first Mandela Day celebration in the village and we are all excited about it!

Conquering Kili for sanitary pads
02.17am - 06.07.2012

As part of the Nelson Mandela Day Day celebration for this month!  Richard Mabaso and Sibusiso Vilane are embarking on a Mt Kilimanjaro expedition between 7th - 12th of July to raise funds to buy, in line with the 67 minutes for Mandela - 67000 packets of sanitary pads for underprivileged school girls in rural villages.  This initiative will help support more than 12000 needy girls across South Africa for the whole year!  We invite you to support this Great initiative - mobilize people within your network to donate as well!

2012 Youth Day Colloquium
09.46am - 15.06.2012

Richard was invited to be one of 12 panellists at this year's Youth Day Colloquium, hosted by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation & the NYDA in Pretoria to discuss Youth Participation in Multilateral Systems and Economic Diplomacy - focusing on Challenges & Opportunities

Imbumba Foundation goes International
06.47am - 03.05.2012

On May the 3rd, Imbumba Foundation (UK) received a charity status in the UK.  This is will now enable our international sponsors to receive tax benefits while transforming millions of lives in the African continent.

MTN Qhubeka - Imbumba Foundation Partnership
03.22pm - 21.04.2012

On the 26th and 27th of April2012, Imbumba Foudation will be hosting Anthony Fitzhenry of MTN-Qhubeka and other delegates to explore partnership opportunities to implement projects in all SA Provinces.  We are looking forward to this great opportunity!  Watch the space...

Imbumba Leadership Challenge Programme
03.15pm - 16.03.2012

Today we got a great opportunity to present the Imbumba Leadership Challenge Programme at the MLSA Think Tank workshop in Kimberly - Nothern Cape.  There are great partnership opportunities for the foundation and we are consulting with several potential stakeholders to get the first project in Kimberly started.

Barclays build computer department
07.41am - 07.03.2012

Barclays arrive at Nkanyiso School near Hluhluwe today as part of the Leadership Challenge programme in the UK . They have raised money to build a new classroom block that will house a computer department complete with 10 computers! They have also built the Principal an office and storeroom.

Imbumba Foundation gets a special Invitation to SA Parliament
07.58pm - 09.02.2012

Today Imbumba got a special invitation from the National Parliament of South Africa.  The foundation was selected to be part of this year's state of the nation address by the president of the Republic.  This came after Off-The-Beaten-Track Academy was chosen as one of the best socioeconomic development projects which focuses on youth leadership development and career guidance for rurral schools.

Vision20/20 Programme
02.53pm - 18.10.2011

Imbumba Foundation has recently partnered with a US based company - Express Employment Professionals to implement a Vision20/20 Programme in Luphisi village - outside Nelspruit in Mpumalanga Province.  This is an 8 year rural development programme aiming at establishing a long term and sustained growth for the village.  The foundation is proud to be part of this new and exciting developments.