Many young girls lack the adequate solution to sufficiently manage menstruation. In India, a shocking 88% of these women are using extremely unhygienic alternatives such as: old rags, ashes, and husk sand (Sanhana, 2012). 70% of women report that it is accessibility and affordability of sanitary napkins that prevent them from providing them for their family. Such unhygienic practices lead to a number of related health issues, including an increased risk of developing a Reproductive Tract Infection (RTI) or other serious urine infections, which can be detrimental to fertility.
Lack of proper management leads to a stark reality for many young school girls. We have found that poor sanitation and long- standing myths surrounding menstruation are directly correlated with absenteeism and drop-out from schools. Many girls report menstrual hygiene and management related issues as the cause for remaining absent from school, due to the lack of adequate water for washing, lack of soap, and non inadequate toilets and dispose facilities. Such a situation results in many girls between Standard 5 to 10th abstaining from school for up to 5 days a month and many eventually dropping out.
- 95% of girls in rural areas of India fail to attend school during menstrual periods.
- Only 1 in 5 schools provide soap and almost no schools offer menstrual hygiene products or facilities for their disposal
- 32.5% of schoolgirls from South Asia had not heard about menstruation prior to menarche
- Across 5 states in rural India, 2 out of 3 girls and women reported not knowing about menstruation before receiving menarche
“EDUCATION IS KEY TO UNLOCK THE GOLDEN DOORS OF FREEDOM”
We at Reaching Hand, propose to organize menstrual health education sessions in our adopted schools. The program will be delivered through an active network of community and corporate volunteers who give their time, skills, and experiences. We believe volunteers can make a difference in the lives of adolescent girls by providing a more relatable and open discussion. Thus, we give them the opportunity to engage with the girls of government schools to teach them about how to effectively manage puberty.
The program consist of one-hour sessions which take place in the classrooms for girls of 6th Standard and above . The structure of each session proceeds as follows: a short video, volunteers sharing own experiences, an engaging activity, and an opportunity for students to ask questions.
TO POSITIVELY IMPACT AND BETTER THE LIVES OF 25,000 YOUNG WOMEN WITHIN 5 YEARS
We strive to:
- Improve the living standards of girls and women, providing them with quality menstrual hygiene products free of charge.
- Improve the overall educational experience of adolescent girls by reducing the school absences and drop-out rate.
- Increase the number of women and girls who can manage menstruation safely and hygienically.
- Reduce the likelihood of women and girls developing health problems associated with improper menstruation management.
- Improve awareness of menstrual health and puberty among young girls aged between 11-18 years.
- Empower women and girls to see past the social and cultural taboos associated with menstruation and lead a life of dignity and confidence.
Toilets play a key role in the overall functioning of a school. It is hard to imagine a school functioning efficiently without a set of toilets. According to UNICEF, “education for girls can be fostered by something as basic as a girls-only toilet”. Even in cases where schools have toilets, they will be unusable unless they are clean, private and functional
The objective of the program is to raise awareness on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) for 2000 underprivileged young girls’ studying in Higher Primary Government Schools.
Through this project, we are aiming to build and upgrade the toilet facilities in the schools and ensure that there is ample water facility with needed drainage & disposal arrangements. The young girls should come to the school with more confidence and dignity. We strive to enhance the educational experience of these girls by improving their understanding on health & hygiene and create an enabling surrounding by developing infrastructures. Reaching Hand aims to provide a fun and safe learning environment to the children, studying in the Government Schools so that they can compete with the mainstream students thereby fulfilling their dreams and aspirations.
Help us lend a reaching hand and impact the lives of 25,000 young women within 5 years by donating to the building of toilets and the giving of education on the importance hygienic practices of menstruation management!
3 Lakh = Build toilets for 1 school with water facility