Sometimes, the seemingly small things aren’t so small when the right support is missing. For the girl-child in many places, something as natural as their monthly period is usually excruciating and strenuous, but Dr. Chanita Foster, the founder of BeyondTheGame, believes it does not have to be so.
As someone who has spent her whole life contributing to the world positively and helping people lead better lives, Dr. Chanita Foster’s BeyondTheGame is set to launch its program “A Period is Not a Punishment” in South Africa and Eswatini.
“Imagine a world where some people still suffer from lack of sanitary napkins, whereas Washington DC announced recently that napkins would be free to students. It just does not feel right,” Dr. Chanita Foster said.
With the launch of the program in South Africa and Eswatini, BeyondTheGame is committed to providing Sanitary Napkins to 500 girls a month on the continent of Africa. The ultimate goal is to assist girls all over Africa in experiencing a more convenient and comfortable monthly period by providing a sufficient supply of sanitary napkins to girls that need them. For the past 20 years, Dr. Chanita Foster has been doing philanthropic work worldwide, and her recent focus on Africa as a continent is geared towards making life better for thousands of girls. Two of the donors for “A Period is Not a Punishment” are Mr. Nevel Kambasha and Board Member Dr. Jasmine Pega, who have been instrumental in ensuring the project is successful. Dr. Chanita Foster got spurred to make a move after reading about a girl in Kenya who committed suicide due to a lack of sanitary napkins. She got attached to the story and decided to create the program so that another girl would not have to go through that.
As BeyondTheGame hits the ground running, the long-term goal is to get sponsors to donate $5 a month to sponsor a girl with sanitary napkins. “Donors are the heartbeat of this project, and they can help us make sure more girls can continue to attend school, play with friends, go to church and go on about their daily activities comfortably,” Dr. Foster said.
Outside the sanitary napkins project, BeyondTheGame has built two angel house orphanages and completed five water projects in Ghana in 2021. The non-profit also currently feeds 1,000 children a day and is committed to doing more to ensure poverty is reduced in Africa and other affected parts of the world.
The five-year goal for BeyondTheGame and The “A Period is Not a Punishment” Project is to build a sanitary manufacturing company with an all-female workforce to provide sanitary items for female needs. The nonprofit calls for donations from all over the world to fully actualize its goals and change as many lives as possible globally.