By Tess Fenn - Director of Partnerships and Development
Asani in Hand
It is fitting that we share this update with our GlobalGiving community as those of us in the United States prepare to gather with our family and friends for Thanksgiving. This is the time of year we express gratitude for the many things that make us fortunate and recognize our ability to contribute to a more healthy and prosperous world.
At The Desai Foundation, we want to give thanks to our community of supporters which makes it possible for us to expand opportunity for women and children in rural Gujarat (India). Our goal has always been to empower communities to see that they have within themselves the power to dream and create better futures. There is no example more promising to us than our Asani Sanitary Napkin program.
Following the launch of our Asani program on World Menstrual Hygiene Day 2017, we've seen the ripple effects that the introduction of a sanitary napkin, or rather a pad, has had on the individuals and communities that we serve throughout Gujarat. We want you to be the first to know what an incredible impact you are making.
In anticipation of #GivingTuesday (Nov. 28th) we are sharing stories from individuals the Asani program has impacted to show you "The Power of The Pad."
The Power of The Pad in Numbers:
More than 1,500 women have been reached through our menstrual health and hygiene awareness program.
3,000+pads have been distributed to women and girls.
11women are now employed by our Asani Sanitary Napkin production jobs.
7 women are now employed through our Asani sales jobs and are serving the communities of Dungari, Dharasana, Daman, Sankar Talav, Khergam, Bilimora, Goyandi as Asani ambassadors. Our presence in these villages will enable us to reach another 5,000 women and girls.
Throughout the six months following our launch, we have seen the Asani Sanitary Napkin program: increase school attendance for girls, create open conversations surrounding the subject of menstrual hygiene and women's health across generations (including among boys and men), and empower women to earn a living wage. Each of these results is creating a sense of dignity in women and girls which ripples throughout the entire family. However, our work is not finished. Through qualitative field research we have received feedback from our clients that will help us to improve the comfort of our product and with your support, we plan to implement these adjustments.
Today we are grateful to share with you the stories of Rina, Sonal, Meet and Hansaben which have shown us the true depth and lasting power that a pad can enable.
We encourage you to read these stories, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to see more, and participate in the conversation surrounding #ThePowerofThePad.
Finally, I invite you to donate what you can to help us reach our GlobalGiving goal of $10,000 and join our team to inspire the continuation of stories like these for years to come.
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