Ethan Ramsaru, a grade seven learner, decided he wanted to support children, so he made up 180 care packs for rape survivors for the TEARS Foundation.
Brackendowns, South Africa (20 February 2020) – The TEARS (Transform Education About Rape and Sexual abuse) Foundation is making a significant contribution towards the fight against gender-based violence by providing access to crisis intervention, advocacy, counselling, and prevention education services for those impacted by domestic violence, sexual assault and child sexual abuse. Confidential services are provided to all victims at no charge.
Mara Glennie, the founder of the TEARS Foundation, bonded her house… twice to keep the foundation active. It takes a massive amount of work and dedication to combat the heartbreakingly high rate of rape and violence in South Africa.
Every bit of assistance helps and that is what Ethan Ramsaru did! Ethan, at just 13-years-old, was deeply disturbed by the stats surrounding gender-based violence and the constant news reports of rape in South Africa. Refusing to sit by, he reached out to the non-profit and asked how he could help.
In July of 2019, Ethan started using his pocket money to buy care items which he then placed into rape care kits. He inspired those around him, including his teacher and started taking in donations from them too. By the end of 2019, Ethan was able to donate 75 care packs to TEARS.
To date, he had handed over 180 care packs and doesn’t plan to stop. Ethan’s mother spoke to the Alberton Record and shared that he wants to stand above men that abuse women and children.
His kits are designed to support children who have been victims of rape and abuse. It is heartbreaking to think about, but with people like Ethan and Mara willing to stand up, we can be proud!
Ethan has welcomed the public to assist him in making up more packs in 2020. Anyone wanting to contribute can drop off the following items at the reception of his school (Brackenhurst Primary School).
- brown paper bags,
- pack of tissues,
- sanitary pads,
- underwear (brand-new only)
- a notebook,
- a bath sponge,
- face cloth,
- pull string bags,
- a toothbrush,
- hair bands
- and hair clips.
With youth like Ethan, we believe that South Africa’s future will be bigger and brighter! Thank you for your efforts, Ethan!
If you would like to know more about TEARS, you can find them on Facebook here.