UP Political Science second year student, Tshegofatso Maine, has started a non-profit organisation (NPO) called ‘Legae La Kganya’. The NPO aims to push initiatives that empower marginalised groups, especially in the student community.
Maine explains that the main aim of the NPO is to donate to students who cannot afford basic needs like toiletries and food. She further explains that Legae La Kganya has started its first initiative, namely ‘The Pad Drive’. The initiative aims to collect at least 500 sanitary pads in 16 days. The sanitary pads will be donated to student accommodations in Hatfield, a High School in Mamelodi, and a shelter for the homeless. The second project Legae La Kganya plans on running after the 16 days is a food drive. Maine further told PDBY that she might be the Chairperson of the NPO, but she is not working alone to positively impact student lives. She works closely with another UP student, Rethabile Kgomo, and UP alumni, Boikanyo Ernest.
Maine says that they plan to reach out and work with the SRC, specifically with the transformation and media portfolios, with the goal of enabling the initiatives carried out by the NPO to reach a larger number of students and have a greater positive impact.
Maine cites the inspiration behind these initiatives as the way she grew up in a township, facing and witnessing the struggles people had, such as not having sanitary pads. She says that this ultimately led to her wanting to “help out more”.
Legae La Kganya express their willingness to work with other structures, saying that if any structure would like to work with them, they can email the NPO at firstname.lastname@example.org or reach out to Maine on 0721571431