I'm starting this fundraiser to help raise money for at least a month's worth of supplies of pads (at least 1 packet) for at least 600 domestic workers of my areas including my Gali and other streets who work long hours during their periods with little or no access to sanitary pads. I understand that a month's work of pads may not make a huge difference, but I'm hoping it will motivate enough people to start their own campaigns and give health workers a chance to educate them about menstrual hygiene.
Going forward, we will look at setting up sanitary pad banks in various designated societies of Noida so that women who work as domestic helps can get easy and hassle-free access to menstrual hygiene.
Most of these women wear homemade pads made of cloth and face problems washing and drying them. The pads bought with the fundraiser money will be distributed in local slums in Noida with the help of charity organisations working in the field of reproductive health. I will document the entire process to ensure transparency.
What will your money buy?
No, I'm not looking to fill the coffers of MNCs. Your money will buy eco-friendly pads for domestic workers in this area from self help groups who make them at a much lower cost. It will sustain their operation and at the same time empower large groups of women. The pads bought will be distributed with the help of an NGO in slums. All proceeds left over will go to charity.
All it takes to help facilitate one underprivileged woman's year-round supply of sanitary napkins is Rs 400.
Even if you support the needs of one woman, you ensure that she doesn't have to compromise on menstrual hygiene. Donate as much as you can, so we can help as many women as we can.