SEOUL, June 21 (Korea Bizwire) – A total of 6,000 female students in Busan from low-income families will be relieved of the burden of buying expensive sanitary pads, at least for a while. The rising price of feminine hygiene products in Korea has recently become a big issue nationwide.
The Busan Metropolitan City Office of Education announced on Monday June 20 that local companies and organizations have donated 150 million won (including cash) to purchase hygienic products for female students from low-income families, and these students will be provided with sanitary pads starting next month.
Participating companies and organizations include BNK Financial Group’s Busan Bank, Child Fund Korea’s Busan Branch, Hyupsung General Construction Corp., and Seun Steel.
The donors began collecting contributions when news broke that students from low-income families use shoe insoles and tissues because they couldn’t afford to buy sanitary pads.
One hygienic product company even donated 30 million won worth of sanitary pads.
The Busan Metropolitan City Office of Education will provide 6,000 female students in elementary, middle, and high school, who receive basic living security and medical aid, with sanitary pads for nine months.
The products will be delivered to their homes through a parcel service, so neighbors will not notice.
“The teachers will find the students’ addresses and have these products delivered directly since students at this age can be sensitive to these matters,” said Kim Sook-jeong, director of primary education at the Busan Metropolitan City Office of Education.
By Nonnie Kim (firstname.lastname@example.org)