Started by Teach For India fellows in 2018, Project WeCan works towards improving Menstrual Health and Hygiene practices of adolescents from low-income communities of Ahmedabad. The key beneficiaries of our intervention have restricted access to basic menstrual health and hygiene products. In our work, we have conducted a detailed needs analysis of the hygiene practices as well as financial means of the girls. One of the important things that our experience has brought to light is the fact that menstruation, more importantly, period-related expenses restrict these girls’ access to and continuation in education. Struggling to afford school fees, uniforms, and school supplies, their families have the added burden of expensive retail products produced by big corporations.
Faced with such a grim choice, many girls resort to using unsanitary absorbents, often skipping school on the days of their cycle. The lack of access to menstrual hygiene products, lack of clean toilets as well as the cultural taboo that shrouds menstruation is holding back a lot of our girls from excelling in school. Your support can go a long way to help these girls who can not afford high-quality nutrition and products to keep themselves healthy, leading to disorders such as PCOD, PMDD, dysmenorrhea, and so on.
As a solution to this critical problem, we seek to provide menstrual hygiene kits to 40 adolescent menstruators for 1 year.
The kit will include Eco-friendly sanitary pads and other hygiene products such as period panties, panty liners, and hand wash. The breakdown(for one year) for these kits is as follows-
1. Sanitary pads- 30 * 12= 360 rupees
2. Cloth Pads: 2 pieces =200 rupees
3. Panty liner= 120 rupees
4. Panties= 200 rupees
5. Handwash= 70 rupees
6. cotton bag= 40 rupees
Total = 1000 rupees for one kit.
We are planning to source 40 such kits from a grassroots self-help group that empowers underprivileged women.
Every contribution of ₹1000 will help ONE at-risk girl to bleed with dignity