During the second wave, our goal is to raise funds to help girls and women to have safe periods. We are committed to support thousands of women by distributing #OneMillionPads in India. In the first phase, 20,000 pads will be distributed to women in red-light areas, street dwellers, and stranded migrant workers.
Helping everyone to have a safe period.
What is happening?Most of the girls across India cannot afford sanitary napkins and, they use cloth, hay, waste paper and other unhygienic materials that increase their risk of contracting infections. It is estimated that over 80% of all women in India do not have access to sanitary products during menstruation.
It is important to spread menstrual hygiene awareness amongst the underprivileged women (and men) but what is more important is that, providing access to affordable, good quality sanitary pads and its eco-friendly disposal. Menstrual hygiene is often assumed as a privilege, but truth be told, it is the basic right and is vital.
The sudden and unexpected arrival of COVID-19 has caused a drastic drop in the number of women who use sanitary pads. It has become more difficult for underprivileged women to feed themselves because of job losses, and at times like these they completely ignore their menstrual needs. Poor menstrual hygiene can result in fungal and bacterial infections across the reproductive and urinary tract. They are also at the risk of Hepatitis B and cervical cancer.
What are we fundraising?We left comfortable jobs in the US and moved back to India with an aim to start a business where we sell affordable, safe and biodegradable menstrual products to urban women, and use part of the proceeds to fund our initiatives to help women in rural India.
- They serve cooked food to health line workers and staff, police officers, street dwellers, stranded migrant workers, transgender and the children & women of the red light area.
- They currently serve around 5000+ tiffin’s daily, and have served 1,50,000 in total.
- They have adopted four orphanages along with supplying milk because of the supply chain disruption due to lockdown, they have provided employment at a basic salary to two people who have lost their job due to the pandemic where they work in the kitchen and help prepare the dabbas during the week and prepare the ration kits over the weekend.
- They aim to provide 10,000 ration kits in the upcoming 3 months (Quarter 3), out of which 125 have been already created and donated in the month of May. We track beneficiaries with Aadhar Card Details and have a full list of them.
How do we plan to use the raised funds?In the first phase, we are distributing 20,000 pads, which are safe and biodegradable and we will continue to keep working to support more women.
The funds collected by us through Milaap will be used for the core operations of this project. The activities listed below will receive funding:
2. Transportation costs.
3. Volunteer costs to distribute the sanitary napkins.
Following is the breakdown of the funds on how it will be utilized:
1. Sanitary napkins for under-served communities: ₹ 1,90,000
2. Transportation, packing and miscellaneous costs: ₹ 5900
3. Volunteer costs to distribute the sanitary napkins: ₹ 5000
How you can help:
• Request sanitary napkins: If you know someone who needs immediate assistance in Pune or surrounding area, please reach here.
• Know more about our work: www.hencewoman.com.
• If any queries please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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