In India, many young girls lack the adequate solutions to manage menstruation. 88% of women and girls use extremely unhygienic practices such as; old rags, ashes and husk sand. We are excited to launch "Girls Glory" Project. We want to provide sanitary wear and education to over 25,000 maturing girls, studying in Government schools throughout Karnataka over the next five years. This will help prevent early drop outs, improve girls education, and encourage them to live as dignified women!
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
In India, 88% of young girls use extremely unhygienic products such as old rags, ashes and husk sand to manage menstruation. Accessibility and affordability of sanitary napkins are the key issues for low-income groups in India. But of equal importance are the social and cultural taboos surrounding menstruation. This issue causes girls in Standard 5 to 10th to miss school for up to 5 days a month. Many even drop out of school once they start menstruating.
How will this project solve this problem?
We will provide sanitary napkins to girls in partnered schools who are going through puberty and have begun menstruation, by building partnerships with local nonprofits and companies. We propose to organize menstrual health education sessions in our adopted government schools. The program will be delivered by a network of community and corporate volunteers with guidance from our staff. We expect to help 25,000 girls within the next 5 years!
Potential Long Term Impact
Girls will learn how to manage puberty and menstruation properly. Using sanitary napkins correctly will reduce their chance of getting menstruation-related diseases. Less adolescent girls will drop out of school, thus increasing their chance of completing education. Raising awareness of women's rights will alleviate the pressure of social taboos of menstruation on maturing girls. Once established we shall set up a small scale manufacturing unit to enable us to reach out to the wider community.
Total Funding Received to Date: $4,470
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $5,530
Total Funding Goal: $10,000