As per a survey conducted by USAID, Kiawah Trust, and DASRA, girls are typically absent for 20% of the school year due to menstruation. More than 88% of women use homegrown alternatives like rags, old fabric, etc 70% increase in reproductive tract infections owing to poor menstrual hygiene The project aims to sensitize students, school authorities and local government on sanitation, MHM and mobilize social action.
In India, only 12% of 355 million (35,50,00,000) women of menstruating age can afford disposable sanitary napkins. But conservatively, these 42.6million women will throw 21.3 billion sanitary napkins to landfill in their lives (Source: Hindu new paper-2018)
There is a lot of misinformation prevalent in our society with respect to menstruation. MHM (Menstrual Hygiene Management) is an essential health topic which is rarely spoken about or discussed both at schools or homes. 70% of girls miss school each month during menstruation this missing out on important lesson taught. As many as 25% of girls drop out of school after attaining puberty due to the stigma and misconceptions associated with menstruation. Some of the girls are banished from their homes and forced to live in a secluded menstrual hut during their monthly menstrual period, causing loss of confidence and dignity in them and sometimes leading to fatal consequence.
My aims to provide sanitary pads & hygiene products to girls from poor homes under their project Be at School.
The cost of supplying a year's supply of low-cost Sanitary Napkins, Hand-wash, Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Comb, Undergarments, Carry Bag & Nail Cutter, etc to one girl is just INR 1100. The kit is shown below.
The pic above shows a kit that contains 120 sanitary pads, 2 sets of undergarments, 2 sets of handwash, 3 sets of toothpaste, 2 sets of a toothbrush, 1 comb, 2 sets of tissues, a nail cutter, and a bag. Girls will also be taught about hygiene and best practices.
Cost of Kit-
Read on to discover how I am doing this campaign with you. My aim is to raise INR 22000 or more to provide the sanitary napkins & hygiene products to 20 girls studying at schools from poor homes and to underprivileged young girls at govt schools across tikamgarh Madhya Pradesh.