Girls Glory - Improve Menstrual Health in India

 
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The new toilets for Girls of RM Govt. School
The new toilets for Girls of RM Govt. School

True education must correspond to the surrounding circumstances or it is not a healthy growth.- M.K Gandhi

Hoping all of you are doing good. On behalf of Reaching Hand  yet again and again and again a big THANK YOU, because of all your generosity over the last three months we have been able to bring a new change in the lives of Girls in Rural Bangalore.

Building of Toilets

The children at Schools were out on School Summer Holidays due to which we were able to work on constructing Toilets in Three Schools and Five more to be completed in the mid of June. Do Scroll down to get a glimpse of the pictures of the new toilets. When the Girls come back after vacation, they are all in for a surprise and as Mahatma Gandhi rightly said we will be able to bring in a healthy growth in them.

Inaugral Program

On May 29th we had the inaugration of the toilets at Ramurthynagar Government School which is one of the Schools we have adopted under our Girls Glory Project. We were previleged to hear from the principal what he had to say about this initiative and how it would help the girls. It was pretty sad condition in this particular School, because all the Girls had to run to their own homes back to use toilets in case of emergency. Now they longer have to do that. Since its a big School we decided to build two more toilets for girls, which is under construction.

Run for Girls Glory

As mentioned in our previous letter, about 90 volunteers from various corporates ran in the marathon conducted by the Tata Consultancy Services on May 17th to raise funds for our Girls Glory Project. It was a success and especially the Children from our New Home ran with a lot of enthusiasm and most of them completed the 5.7Km race. Do look below or onto our Facebook page for the photos of the event.

Painting and Cleaning Programs

We are continuously working on cleaning the surroundings and keeping the class rooms clean and hence atleast thrice every week along with the help of corporate volunteers we paint classrooms of various Schools and also clean the surroundings.

Future Plans

We plan to construct many more toilets and to reach out to every Government School in Bangalore with all of your help and bring in a bright future and healthy and balanced education for the Girls. We have attached a link to the video made by one of our volunteers who is taking an initiative to raise funds to build toilet in a particular School. Do watch it to hear about her experience. 

With the help of our donors like you we as an organisation are growing day by day. We'll be attaching on the annual report of all our works last year along with our next report.

Wishing you a wonderful months and may God bless you for all that you are doing to bring a change in the lives of the little Girls.

Warm regards

A quick look inside of Toilets and construction
A quick look inside of Toilets and construction
TCS Marathon Namma Bengaluru 2015
TCS Marathon Namma Bengaluru 2015
26 of our Children took part in the TCS Marathon
26 of our Children took part in the TCS Marathon
Just Painted Kothanur Govt. School
Just Painted Kothanur Govt. School

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Hi, 

Thank you to all for supporting us in this campaign. It's been a great three months for Reaching Hand. Thanks to your generosity. Our main focus this year has been to build toilets for girls as a part of our project for all the schools adopted by us.We are happy to say the project is going quiet well.

Projects undertaken

As of now with the funds raised we have completed building toilet for the Varanasi School and we have started building two toilets at the Ramamurty Nagar School.The Varanasi School didnt have a toilet which was a very sad condition and the Ramamurty Nagar School had a toilet but in a very unhygeinic condition. So we decided to demolish and reconstruct it and also build a new one as the number of students have increased over the years and the present toilet cannot be used by many students.  

Vending machines of Sanitary Napkins

This is a new idea that we are planning to giving wings to soon about attaching Sanitary Pads Vending Machine with a smart card for each child. Each girl will be allotted 16 sanitary pads every month which can be availed through swiping of the smart cards.This will prevent misuse of funds and pads and prevent corruption and it will also be easier to monitor the impact of the project. 

Color Splashes

As a part of this project, we painted classrooms and verandah of more than 20 Schools along with the help of volunteers from the corporates. It was overwhelming to see the joy on the faces of the students on seeing their newly painted classrooms.

Education on Health and Hygiene

We did two programs educating the children, teachers and parents about health and hygeine. Some of the topics covered were- How to take care of their health, Importance of washing hands, How to use sanitary napkins and methods of disposal,etc. Recently on March 6th we celebrated Women's day with more than 100 women which included teachers,parents and students and conducted a Health and Hygiene workshop along with other women empowerment topics.

Upcoming Projects

In the coming three months we are planning to construct toilets in 15 schools for which the design has already been drawn by the Architect and we'll be holding more Health and Hygiene workshops in all these schools. As of now, we are on the look out for many more workers for constructing the toilets to speeden the construction and daily wage workers for the maintenance of the toilets. We are also planning to Run for this project in the coming up Tata Consultancy Services marathon on May17.It is going to be a huge international event. Do join us for the run if you are in Bangalore, India during that time for the Marathon.For more details do visit our website here.

Thank you again for your generosity.Please continue supporting us as we aim to impact 10000 girls this year. Do feel free to come and visit these projects or to find out more about our activities, please do follow us on Facebook, or Twitter. For further information, or contributions, please click to view our website here.

Toilet built by Reaching Hand at Varanasi School
Toilet built by Reaching Hand at Varanasi School
Toilet at Ramurthynagar School being recostructed
Toilet at Ramurthynagar School being recostructed
Conditions of toilets in Schools
Conditions of toilets in Schools
Women
Women's Day Program
Women
Women's Day Program-2

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Girls in School
Girls in School

Dear Friends,

It has been a busy few months at Reaching Hand and we having been reaching out to new schools who are in need! This year we have partnered with schools in the North of Bangalore, and we are now working with 35 schools that have a huge requirement for help in many areas such as sanitation, infrastructure, and resources.

Surveys in schools

We have been undertaking needs assessments in each of our schools to identify areas of focus and which schools are in particular need of help with water facilities, toilets and the overall cleanliness and safety of the infrastructure. We are also documenting all the girls from the 5th Standard who are reaching/going through puberty to monitor their attendance and therefore document the impact made through our programs.

Toilets for All!

In preparation for our factory set up and the distribution of Reaching Hand’s very own brand of sanitary wear, this quarter we are concentrating on building toilets for our partnered schools. It is the case that many schools we work with lack the proper infrastructure for clean and sanitary toilets. Some schools do not have any functional facilities at all. Some are in a state of disrepair and do not have separate toilets for boys and girls. We have identified the first 10 schools that are in real need of toilet facilities and we are working towards constructing separate male and female toilets in all of them together with hand-washing facilities.  Without a clean and private toilet, we are finding that menstruating girls are often missing school due to pain, lack of management options (lack of sanitary wear) or embarrassment.

In the Making…

We are working towards creating our very own factory set up!  Now we are underway with our plans of a small manufacturing unit at our site in Manchappana Hosahalli Village, Hobli, Bangalore North. Producing our own napkins will allow us to provide napkins to over 25,000 girls in five years. It will also allow us to employ and provide incomes to the local women in the village, empowering them to contribute to their households.

Feeling Festive!

We are fast approaching Christmas, and this year we are distributing ‘Christmas Care Packages’ in our schools for every student. If you would like to contribute towards this drive and help provide hygiene items such as soaps for hand washing and the napkins. Please do consider donating to our cause in this festive season. Just $8 can provide a hygiene package to a girl, along with some school essentials!

We wish all our supporters and well-wishers a very MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Please do keep our children in your thoughts and help us build a successful project for years to come!

Warm wishes,

The Reaching Hand Team

The Current Situation in many Schools
The Current Situation in many Schools
Unusable Toilets for Girls
Unusable Toilets for Girls
Land for the Factory
Land for the Factory

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Our Girls
Our Girls

Dear Friends,

It has been a tremendous month for the Girls Glory project, as we officially launched the programme in schools, and met with inspirational individuals who are making their mark! Here is what we have been up to over the last 3 months...

Girls Glory has its Official Launch!

A significant day for the Girl’s Glory project, we are pleased to report that on Saturday, July 12th we officially launched the Girl’s Glory Project in our partnered schools! The event was held in our Higher Primary school, Vijinapura, with thanks to the Headmistress and teachers there. We welcomed many special guests, including School officials – the MLA (Member of Legislative Assembly), BEO (Block Education Officer), our friends from our partnered corporations and Rotary Club as well as our Chairman and Trustees. We would like to add a special thanks to the teachers, volunteers and our staff who coordinated the event successfully! It was a fun morning, filled with some traditional dances and short plays from the children, speeches and the first ever distribution to our girls, led by the MLA! More than 500 children were present and of which 200 young girls from 16 different schools got the sanitary napkins for the first time. The children were joyous and so are we.

Gaining Inspiration from an “Unlikely Crusader”

We had the pleasure of meeting Arunachalam - Who was recently voted as one of ‘The 100 Most Influential People’ 2014 by TIME - http://time.com/70861/arunachalam-muruganantham-2014-time-100/

Arunachalam is now famed across the world for creating a cheap and easy to use machine that makes sanitary napkins at very lost cost. In the beginning, he was simply trying to help his wife, who was using old and dirty rags to manage her monthly periods. Soon he realised many women faced this dilemma, as commercial napkins were too high in cost for many in the community. His venture was not easy, and Arunachalam shared with us his amazing story, where he faced separation from his wife, disowned from his mother and ostracised by his community. Through all of his struggles, he now supplies machines to rural communities, employing local women and providing sanitary wear to millions of women in India, parts of Africa and South America!

We are still working towards a machine of Arunachalam so that we can provide local women an income in manufacturing the napkins as well as supply our girls in our partnered Government Schools. If you would like to support us in this venture, where we can sustainably supply napkins, and reach out to 25,000 girls in need, please donate to this project today!

A Sponsored Swim in Support of Girls Glory!

We are greatly encouraged by Ruth for supporting this project by setting up a fundraiser for her 10K swim (the aquatic equivalence of a marathon!) along the River Dart in Devon, U.K. Ruth is taking part in the Dart 10K on Sunday 14th September. Ruth has been braving the waves and waters come rain or shine over the last 6 months in preparation for the challenge! We wish Ruth all the very best for her swim and braving the cold waters. A huge THANK YOU to Ruth, her family, friends and those who have already contributed towards her challenge!

If you would like to show your support for Ruth and her efforts, as well as our Girl’s in need of sanitary education and hygiene, please do sponsor her swim by following the link below -

http://www.globalgiving.co.uk/fundraisers/9649/

If you are feeling inspired by Ruth’s efforts, why not challenge yourself and raise money for a good cause? Fundraisers are a fantastic way to get involved in something good, and are very easy to set up with the help of the Global Giving platform. Please do contact us for ideas, fundraising advice or participation in our upcoming fundraising events. You can reach out to emilyparkes@reachinghand.org

Coming Up….

We are fast approaching Daan Utsav (formerly known as the Joy of Giving Week) which takes place every year in the first week of October. Daan Utsav is India's "festival of giving"! Launched in 2009, the festival is celebrated every year, in the week including Gandhi Jayanti, (October 2-8), and brings together Indians from all walks of life, to celebrate "giving". It is a celebration of people giving their time, money, resources and skills back to society through volunteering, donating and fundraising.

Reaching Hand is taking part in several events and activities during Daan Utsav, including ‘Under the Stars’ on Wednesday the 1st October bring in the festivities! Under the Stars is happening for the second time in India and is an event that invites people to take up the challenge of sleeping rough for a night without shelter in the city. This is in support of, and to raise awareness for those who face homelessness across India.

We are also looking forward to holding our first ever Reach Inter-Corporate Charity Olympics on Saturday the 11th October. After such a great response to our 2 previous ‘Goals to Goodness’ football events, we are now adding an array of sports for participants to take part in, including, football, basketball, cricket, volleyball and throw ball!

Once again, a huge thank you to you all for encouraging us and supporting our children at Reaching Hand.

We urge you continue carrying that compassion and care for our children in need… together we can make huge changes in their lives and reach out to many more who need it!

 

 

 

Distribution of Napkins at the Launch
Distribution of Napkins at the Launch
Each Girl Received Their Very Own Sanitary Kit
Each Girl Received Their Very Own Sanitary Kit
Reaching Hand Team meet Arunachalam
Reaching Hand Team meet Arunachalam
Ruth gearing up for her BIG SWIM!
Ruth gearing up for her BIG SWIM!
Ruth in Action!
Ruth in Action!

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Rotary Donation
Rotary Donation

Dear Girl’s Glory supporter, 

We are delighted to share our latest activities from the last three months in this new project with you. First of all, THANK YOU for being a part of this project from the start! It is truly remarkable how far $10/£6 can go in making a difference to girls’ lives by creating awareness about sanitary hygiene, which in turn will benefit her health, education, and rights! 

The project is shaping well as we have been getting excellent support from our stakeholders in terms of their time, skill and resources. We have started this project couple of months ago but have been getting some incredible remarks & feedback from our well-wisher and volunteers. We are planning to start an online global campaign so that everybody is aware about the issue and take this movement forward. The aim of this project is to make sure that the girl children is regularly attending school with confidence and dignity and not dropping out because of their monthly cycle. 

School Year begins… 

The school year has begun and the planning for Menstrual Health sessions are well underway! The program will be delivered through an active network of trained community members and volunteers who give their time, skills and experiences. This will consist of one-hour sessions which will take place in the schools to girls of 6th Standard and above and each new year-group. The sessions will include; a short video, volunteers sharing own experiences, an engaging activity and an opportunity for students to ask questions. This will be followed by the distribution - where the girls will receive sanitary napkins and by which point, will have already been taught how to use them correctly. 

A Great Start! 

We have been busy spreading the word about Girls Glory and it has been met with fantastic response! A huge thank you to the Rotary Club Jeevanbima Nagar, Bangalore for sponsoring 750 packs of sanitary napkins – enough to support 32 girls for an entire year! We are now providing our New Home girls with these napkins also! 

We have also held several stalls at corporate companies, such as Unilever and HP, where we are spreading awareness of this issue and hope to engage many future volunteers! 

The Bangalore TCS 10K Marathon on the 18th May was a huge success, and we would like to say a warm hearted thank you to all who sponsored a Care Champion or ICare runner! Of course a huge thank you to all our fundraisers for the event including Derek Dsouza, Patrick Pitchappa, D.V Krishnan, Ansh Jain, Kumar Raju, Suresh Joel, and Emily Parkes! This is always the biggest event of the year, and this time we were a strong team of over 150 volunteers who ran in the 10K, Majja run (5.7K) and Kingfisher (fancy dress) competition! They all ran to support our Girls Glory project that aims to impact more than 400 girls this year who are studying in the government schools. 

A Special Visit 

The Reaching Hand team made a very special exposure visit at the beginning of June to see the Hoskote factory (20km North East of Bangalore) where affordable sanitary napkins are made! We visited the Mythri factory and watched the process unfold before our eyes as the women were preparing the raw material to the final product! It takes approximately 2.5 minutes to make each sanitary napkin, a relatively quick process that involves three women working at a time. This small factory is able to support 17 women from the village with a stable income working part time.

We are raising funds for this machine so that we can manufacture the napkins locally, have enough capacity for growth, so that we may reach out to over 25,000 girls in the next 5 years, and provide employment for underprivileged women in our area! The estimated cost of one machine with raw material is more than 3.5 lacs ($6,000/ £3,500). 

Thank you once again for your kind support. Please follow us on Facebook for regular updates on Reaching Hand’s work - https://www.facebook.com/ReachingHand

New Home Girls with Napkins
New Home Girls with Napkins
Raw material for a weigh in!
Raw material for a weigh in!
Pressed into shape
Pressed into shape
The Finished Product!
The Finished Product!

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Organization

Reaching Hand

Bangalore, Karnataka, India
http://www.reachinghand.org

Project Leader

Akhaya Sagar

Bangalore, Karnataka India

Where is this project located?

Map of Girls Glory - Improve Menstrual Health in India