I am fundraising to help provide Sanitary napkin to the displaced victims of Kandivali Fire

A fire broke out in Kandivali’s Damu Nagar slum on December 7 at 11.30 am. Cylinders burst one after another. Over 800 homes caught fire and burnt down every object, every utensil, every brick. People ran; some bare-feet, down the hill, on a path filled with sharp stones.

Aid arrived in droves. Clothes – good, just about usable, torn and soiled. Food – fresh, basic, humble, homely; in polythene bags, paper plates, wrapped in newspaper.

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Then came more help – basic 2-inch iron pipes was manually carried up the hill and water connection was restored. Some stepped up and collected funds and material and distributed books to school kids.

The compensation arrived from the government. It was a  cheque, of Rs. 3,800. Most in the community didn’t have bank accounts to deposit the cheque into. The little savings got burnt down with the house. The ones who had some loose change when they ran from their homes to save their lives, utilized it for bare basics.

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There was a need that  no one spoke of; not the women and girl victims, not the droves of people who  landed at the site to provide aid. Sanitary napkins. With over 2000 women and  young girls affected by the fire, it was a need that had to be addressed and  over 2 weeks after the tragedy, it still hasn’t been addressed. A few packets  of sanitary napkins arrived after the need was recognized by an organization  working on ground, but they were nowhere enough. 


Why am I fundraising?

Iamin.in, a hyper local news and citizen engagement platform run by Zee Digital Convergence Limited along with Bridge India, a Mumbai-based not-for-profit organisation, are together raising funds to buy 4000 packets of sanitary napkins for women and girls in Damu Nagar. 

The sanitary napkins will be purchased from social entrepreneurs in the slums of Mumbai, who make these for the community. Bridge India will distribute it to the community and the team at iamin.in will monitor, document and publish the utilization of funds and distribution of aid and keep the contributors informed.

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14th September 2016
Dear Supporters, 

We have an interesting update for you. 

Volunteers at Bridge India are deeply thankful for your contribution and are happy to inform us that they have distributed sanitary napkins to a large number of women and girls affected by the Kandivali fire. 

Currently, they are working on a long-term plan to help these women. Sanitation is a huge problem for the families who have lost their homes. Simply distributing sanitary napkins for a week is not a sustainable option. The longer these women go without a long-term solution for sanitation, the more social stigma and unhygienic conditions they have to face. Hence, Bridge India is currently in talks with an organisation in Tamil Nadu that produces affordable sanitary napkins through a self-designed machine for women in villages. Bridge India aims to purchase such a machine from said organisation. Together, they plan to employ women from the Kandivali fire affected slums to produce affordable sanitary napkins for the entire community. Doing so will not only generate employment for these women but will also give them access to cheaper sanitary napkins in the future.

We will keep you posted on the developments about this initiative. 

Team Milaap

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raised of Rs.180,000 goal

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Supporters (28)

Anonymous donated Rs.500
over 2 years ago
Maneesha donated US $100
over 2 years ago
Sivashankar donated Rs.1,000
over 2 years ago
Nikita donated US $100
over 2 years ago
Karthik donated US $200
over 2 years ago
PAWAN donated Rs.2,500
over 2 years ago