I am Myeisha Chadha, a law student interested in working for various social causes and contributing to them.
Now, if we look at our population, it’ll be very clear that not everybody is privileged and has access to the most basic and most important of resources, such as health care, food, water, proper nutrition, education and so on. A harsh truth is that a lot of people still believe that menstruation is dirty and unhygienic, it is still stigmatised, and a lot of women are still subjected to orthodox practices that have a potential to harm their health in a very negative manner. Many young girls do not fully and accurately understand menstruation as a normal biological process, so I really wish to help these women in understanding their situation a little better by spreading more awareness and removing the stigma around it.
In India, over 120 million menstruation teenagers suffer from menstrual dysfunction, which interferes with their usual daily activities. Every year, about 60,000 cases of cervical cancer are recorded in India, with two-thirds of these cases being caused by poor menstrual hygiene. In a single year, lack of water, basic sanitation, and hygiene killed about 800,000 women around the world, making it the fifth leading cause of mortality in women after heart disease, stroke, lower respiratory infections, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
To combat this problem, I am working with Hamari Pahchan NGO under their initiative ‘Project Sukhad’ which aims to provide basic menstrual hygiene necessities to underprivileged women, promote sanitary conditions along with educating and eradicating the stigmas surrounding menstruation.
The primary agenda of Project Sukhad is to distribute 'Sukhad kits', a one-stop annual menstrual hygiene solution containing 24 packets of sanitary pads, 6 packets of soap and paper envelopes for disposal. The bags for Sukhad Kits and the paper envelopes are made by underprivileged women so they also have a source of earning their livelihood.
Under this initiative, we have already facilitated more comfortable menstruation for 50,000 underprivileged women and girls and seek to only increase this number.
Sukhad Kit for 1 menstruating person costs ₹1,400/-
Sukhad Kit for 5 menstruating people costs ₹7,000/-
We don’t usually stop and notice that even such a thing is a luxury to us. The use of sanitary pads and the dos and don’ts should be discussed with openness so as to make a hygienic and healthy life for the women. So, if you can’t help hundred women, just help one.
It would be kind of you to support this cause that can make the lives of those who are not as privileged easier.
Thanking you kindly for your contribution!