My name is Kevin and I am a law student . Have you ever imagined not having access to proper toilets or running water during your periods? Or not having access to sanitary menstrual items? Or how to deal with feelings of shame, embarrassment, or isolation due to your period? Well, this is the reality of most women in India who don't have access to proper menstrual hygiene management.
Women and girls from the weaker sections of society have to deal with these questions regularly.
Menstruation is a natural part of the reproductive cycle, but in India talking about periods and menstruation is still frowned upon. A country where childbirth is celebrated, but still talk of menstruation is seen as a taboo in certain sections of the societies. In fact, in certain sections, a menstruating woman is looked at as impure and contaminated.
To combat this misconception and to spread awareness the government of India launched the National Menstrual Hygiene Scheme under the ‘Rashtriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakram’ program back in 2014. The objective of the scheme is to promote menstrual hygiene among adolescent girls in rural areas by supplying as well as training self-help groups to make sanitary napkins. In addition there are many top NGOs in India helping women and adolescent girls practice safe and hygienic menstrual practices.
However there are some women who still use old clothes, leaves, or anything that they lay their hands on to collect menstrual blood. Using old clothes or other unsafe methods to deal with menstruation not only hampers mobility but also can lead to serious health complications.
Around 23 million girls drop out of school every year at the first occurrence of menstruation. Most of these adolescent girls are scared, have fear of getting judged by society, and are aware of the lack of proper sanitation, unavailability of sanitary pads, and cleanliness programs in schools.For several years, I've been involved with a number of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in order to further the social cause. These causes include education for children, environmental conservation, women's safety, and animal rights. In the year 2020, I became a volunteer and active worker with Hamari Pahchan NGO. Since then I have worked on multiple projects and initiatives like Drishti, skill development, Covid-19 relief, etc. However, one of their projects has greatly inspired me, and I have decided to lead it on my own. 'SUKHAD' is the name of the project. We will help them (underprivileged women) spend their periods comfortably with proper means and information under this initiative.
Providing sanitary pads, educating them on proper menstrual hygiene, and raising awareness that 'periods' and discussing them is not a taboo topic, but rather a normal method.
स्वस्थय को है बचाना तो हर औरत को है पैड इस्तेमाल मे लाना We are also conducting distribution drives every week where 'Sukhad Kit' is distributed which includes pads, soap, paper envelopes for disposal, and other essential items. हमारी पहचान बना रही है महिलाओ को सशक्त Project sukhad is the need of the hour and we all need to unite for the cause. WE ARE PLANNING TO DISTRIBUTE AROUND 50K SUKHAD KITS TO UNDERPRIVILEGED WOMEN throughout the year.
Per kit price:
Sukhad kit for 1 woman = Rs. 1,400/-
Sukhad kits for 5 women = Rs 7,000/-
KIT INCLUDES 24 packets of the sanitary pad 6 packets of soap Disposable paper envelopes. I respectfully request that you all donate to this cause. Even a single penny makes a significant difference. I can tell the difference. The more you participate, the more I will be able to assist these ladies with their menstrual issues.
I respectfully request that you all donate to this cause. Even a single penny makes a significant difference. I can tell the difference. The more you participate, the more I will be able to assist these ladies with their menstrual issues.
Or you can donate through the website as well www.hamaripahchan.org If you would like to know more about this project, write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact me on 9990475066/9711372259. You can read more about this NGO on www.hamaripahchan.org