Sukhad: access to menstrual hygiene
I am Gargee Singh
, a final year undergraduate student. I have worked as an intern in a content writing company. But I've never worked in an NGO so, I was little enthusiastic to know how they work together for a social cause.
And, this is my first internship as a Social Entrepreneur.
I got to know about Hamari Pahchan NGO
through Internshala. I have recently become an active member of this team. In recent, Hamari Pahchan is working out for various different social causes. I was given three causes. Out of the three projects, 'Sukhad Project
' has inspired me a lot! So, trying my level best to raise the fund for it.
We help underprivileged women spend their periods comfortably with proper means and information under this initiative.
Providing sanitary pads, giving education regarding proper menstrual hygiene and raising awareness that 'periods' and discussing about them is not a taboo, but rather a biological process.
Menstruation is a phenomenon unique to girls. However, it has always been surrounded by taboos and myths that exclude women from many aspects of socio-cultural life. In India, the topic has been a taboo until date. Such taboos about menstruation present in many societies impact on girls’ and women's emotional state, mentality and lifestyle and most importantly, health. The challenge, of addressing the socio-cultural taboos and beliefs in menstruation, is further compounded by the low girls’ knowledge levels and understandings of puberty, menstruation, and reproductive health.
Thus, there is the need to follow a strategic approach in combating these issues.
Over 77% of menstruating girls and women in India use an old cloth, which is often reused. Further, 88% of women in India sometimes resort to using ashes, newspapers, dried leaves and husk sand to aid absorption. Poor protection and inadequate washing facilities may increases susceptibility to infection, with the odor of menstrual blood putting girls at risk of being stigmatized. The latter may have significant implications for their mental health. The challenge, of addressing the socio-cultural taboos and beliefs in menstruation, is further compounded by the fact the girls’ knowledge levels and understandings of puberty, menstruation, and reproductive health are very low.
We are aiming to distribute around 50k Sukhad kit to underprivileged women throughout the year.Per kit price:
Sukhad kit for 1 woman = Rupees 350/-Sukhad kit for 5 woman = Rupees 3500/-
KIT includes 24 packets of sanitary pad, 6 packet of soaps and disposal paper envelopes.
The link is given below.
Please pay your little attention towards the menstrual issue and donate as much as you can.