Girls Glory - Improve Menstrual Health in India

by Reaching Hand
Girls Glory - Improve Menstrual Health in India
Girls Glory - Improve Menstrual Health in India
Girls Glory - Improve Menstrual Health in India
Girls Glory - Improve Menstrual Health in India
Distribution of MHM Kit
Distribution of MHM Kit

REACHING HAND Girls Glory - (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)) program has been progressing at a steady pace in the last quarter. Though most corporate contribute towards building new toilets and renovation of the exiting toilets, this quarter we have many corporate who joined hands with us to maintain these toilets post construction. Maintenance is an integral part to have functional and clean toilets in the long run.

We have started installing incinerators in the toilets in our Girls Glory program for burning the waste. RH team has started training the teachers on its safety measures and uses age and have started conducting awareness session for the students to maintain hygienic disposal of waste during periods. Incineration of waste materials converts the waste into ash, flue gas and heat.

With the support of 7 corporate and many individuals we have distributed 1,170 Health and Hygiene kits to students in 6 schools and 640 MHM Kits to female student beneficiaries.

We inaugurated Six new toilet /restroomunits, five urinals along with hand washing unit, one incinerator (pad burning machine) for the use of 327 girls in GMPS Yelahanka New Town on 14th June, 2019.
Health- hygiene and MHM classes are conducted for these students on a bi-monthly basis.

Again, three new toilet units were inaugurated in GKHPS, Hoskote on 29th June, 2019. This will build the confidence of 155 female students of the school.

Hear from the Beneficiaries:

Rashmi, 10th Std,-Government Aided Gowtham High School, Kolar Dist

“Menstruation in my community is considered as untouchable. Especially during festival days we were not allowed to take part in any activity which is sometimes extreme seclusion.

I get infection and rashes on my genital area so I stopped using cloth and switched to sanitary pads but still I faced the same issue occasionally. Unfortunately I did not have the courage to broach the subject to elders or friends.

Reaching Hand team conducted an effective workshop on MHM in mid June which was very informative and useful. Initially I was very shy and embarrassed but very soon clarified my doubts. Now Il practice the hygiene tips given by RH team and have been having better health especially during menstruation days.”

Vinutha,7th std GGHS,Malur,Kolar dist

“I was brought up in village of Malur. My parents were quite orthodox in their approach to menstruation.I faced a major problem in my school too as toilet units were. We had only two units for 320 girls. Most of the girls either skip classes or don’t use wash room during their menstruation days. There was also a lack of knowledge and information about menstruation. Majority of the girls did not know what happened when they experienced menarche.

I thank Reaching Hand for conducting a sensitization workshop on WASH and MHM which was an eye opener for us and also how to manage our periods safely by following the hygiene practices. We also thank our sponsors for building new toilet units”

Plan Ahead:

Recently RH Team has started distributing “Menstrupedia comics” to female students in 10 Schools. We plan to reach 1840 students in 10 schools. This will help them to understand the process in a pictorial way.

MHM kits will be distributed to 1771 students in 8 schools and we plan the inauguration of toilet units in 8 new schools by the next quarter.

We are very thankful for your continuous support and look forward to the same through our journey ahead.

Inauguration of restrooms in Hoskote School
Inauguration of restrooms in Hoskote School
Inauguration of restrooms in Yelahanka School
Inauguration of restrooms in Yelahanka School
Rashmi
Rashmi
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Ashwini- Student beneficiary
Ashwini- Student beneficiary

REACHING HAND Girls Glory - (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)) program has extended beyond the state boundaries in the past quarter. The program has been gaining more attention with time among more corporate with the impact it has created in Government Schools . We are grateful for your support through this journey. 


Highlights of the Past Quarter- REACHING HAND has impacted over 5,039 students

REACHING HAND is extremely proud to receive the 'Certificate of Appreciation' from Dept of Public Intrusion by 'The Government of Karnataka, Zilla panchayat' on 20th February, 2019 for its contribution in the Education sector which includes our Girls Glory Program

We were in news in 'The Sambad- Odia daily newspaper' for the inauguration of 4 renovated toilet units its 'Girls Glory' program' in JELC high school, Korapeet, Jeypore Dist, Odisha. This will benefit 140 girl students to have access to clean and functional toilets. The Manager cum secretary,J.E.L.C schools, Sri Biroj Kumar Benya inaugurated it.

Inauguration of 3 new toilet units and hand-wash unit in GMPS Nekar Colony, near Bhanarghetta Road, Bangalore on 14th March 2019 will impact 346 adolescent female students to attend school with more confidence and dignity.

Clean and functional toilets have been a challenge owing to the summer heat and scarcity of water, hence on account of World Water Day- 22nd March, our team created awareness to 738 children in Doddagollarahatti GHPS about the gravity of issues associated with water shortage and importance of saving water. 

-25 MHM workshops were conducted in 17 schools benefiting over 3,100 students.

As always dealing with behavior change is the most challenging issues. Students and teachers were part of the workshop on puberty education and menstrual hygiene management which focuses on maintaining and practicing menstrual hygiene, safe disposal of sanitary napkins, myths and taboos etc. This is to facilitate change in the behavior of the students. End of the session students were given Menstrupedia comic handouts and MHM kits.

Hear from a student beneficiary-

Ashwini is a 7th Grader of GMPS, Yelahanka New Towm. She says,” Reaching Hand team came and discussed on MHM and many of us in class were embarrassed to even speak about it. Once I attained puberty, my parents restricted me from taking part in sport activities since they believed it would lead to health complications. Hence, I abstained from taking part in sports”.

Majority of us girls feel shy and stressed at school during menstruation and participate less due to shame, fatigue or pain. Psycho-social support for menstruating girls at school was missing. Girls would not even prefer to menstruation with other girls or female teachers at school. Menstruation remains a taboo and negative socio-cultural belief and leads to forced isolation and stigma.

MHM sessions was an eye opener for me and I will break this myth and will take part sport activity hence forth.

Moving Ahead- Reaching Hand is very particular about putting more effort on maintenance and up-keeping of the rest rooms after building because it is the most critical part for sustaining the project.We have developed an effective mechanism to maintain the standard of cleaning by engaging the school HM, SDMC members, teachers and children. New toilet units construction is in progress in 4 Govt Schools in Davengere that will benefit 967 students.

-Maintenance of 30 previously constructed toilets of schools was also monitored and immediate repair works were catered to in the last 3 months.

We are very thankful for your continuous support and look forward to the same through our journey ahead.

Odisha Toilet Inauguration
Odisha Toilet Inauguration
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In News
MHM workshop for Girls
MHM workshop for Girls
Menstrupedia comic handouts and MHM kits
Menstrupedia comic handouts and MHM kits
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Rajeshwari- Student Beneficiary
Rajeshwari- Student Beneficiary

Greetings from REACHING HAND!

Entering into the second month of the year 2019 and Reaching Hand ’Girls Glory' program has been progressing extremely well with more corporate vouching the program in other Government Schools owing to the quality of work and impact on the beneficiaries. |We are extremely thankful to you for your generous contribution and supporting us in our journey. You have been the unseen strength and motivation behind out Girls Glory - (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH)) program

Highlights of the Past Quarter- REACHING HAND impacted over 6,405 students

- 43 new toilets were constructed in 18 schools benefiting 2,761 adolescent girls

-3 RO Water filters installed will provide safe drinking water to 1097 students

-MHM workshops were conducted in 12 schools and WASH(Health & Hygiene) workshops were conducted in 15 schools benefiting over 5,271 students.

-36 toilets were renovated in 17 schools benefiting 3,644 boys.

-Maintenance of 28 previously constructed toilets of schools was also monitored and immediate repair works were catered to in the last 3 months.

-Parents Teachers meetings were conducted in 54 schools to understand and enhance the importance of parents influence in educating the child.

Hear from a student beneficiary- Rajeshwari Gujjar is a student of 8th grade in GMPS Doddagollarahatti. Rajeshwari is shy and introvert by nature. She seldom takes part in sensitive topic discussions. Reaching Hand team took a session on ‘Menstrual Hygiene Management’ on 7th December, 2018 for the female students of her class.

Rajeshwari says, “I was feeling very embarrassed initially. Further into the session valuable information was shared about ‘Menstrual Management & Hygiene’ that made me ponder about the current taboos associated with Periods. I voluntarily discussed about the silly beliefs and practices followed form generations in my community. We girls fear menstrual cramps more than anything. The RH team educated us on how to make the pain bearable so that we can come to school on those days too.”

Moving Ahead- As we move forward we are determined to break more such Taboos associated with Menstrual Management and Hygiene and create awareness about the best practices during the monthly periods. We also continue to built toilets for adolescent girls, empower and educate them about the importance of not missing classes.

We are very thankful for your continuous support and look forward to the same through our journey ahead.

New Toilet Block- Hosakote Govt Urdu School
New Toilet Block- Hosakote Govt Urdu School
Health & Hygiene workshop- Doddagollarahatti GHPS
Health & Hygiene workshop- Doddagollarahatti GHPS
RO water filter- Kudulu Govt HPS
RO water filter- Kudulu Govt HPS
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Ayesha- Grade 5
Ayesha- Grade 5

Greetings from Reaching Hand!

Reaching Hand is extremely thankful to our donors for their continuous support throughout the last quarter. We are excited to share the highlights of the events and activities of the previous quarter so that you can view the impact you have created in the community in the southern states of India. You have impacted by giving a dignified schooling for adolescent Girls by addressing the issue of menstrual taboos, absenteeism and school drop-out and both genders by pushing for a behavioral change in hygiene and sanitation.

Awareness and Acceptance towards CHANGE:

Especially when girls attain the age of puberty, they face enormous amounts of issues due to lack of toilets, taboos in the society, lack of proper knowledge about changes in their body and how to care for themselves. This is directly results in lack of self-confidence, absenteeism and School Drop outs.

Listen to Ayesha’s story. Ayesha is in 5th grade in one of the government school in the south state of India. Her parents are migrants to Bangalore, and work as daily laborers to educate their children.

Ayesha says, “Initially in my school there was a toilet but the walls were broken and water supply was rare. As I matured matters became more difficult as risk of infection was more. I have read about, the dangers of open defecation, being an unhygienic practice and the dangers of insect bites and snake bites. I was hesitant to attend school since no proper sanitation started disturbing my daily life”.

It was then that ‘Reaching Hand’ intervened and built toilets specifically for girls and renovated existing toilet for the boys. They also took periodic awareness sessions on ‘Health and Hygiene’ and ‘Puberty and Menstrual Management’ which helped us understand the changes our body undergoes as we attain puberty and the importance of maintaining good health and hygiene.

Ravichandra,4thstd-Govt High school Babusapalaya says,'Reaching Hand inaugurated 4 toilet units, under Girls Glory program in my Govt. Higher Primary school at Babusapalaya. The toilets are based on high tech module with ample water facilities available. It is a great help to all the students in the school.My friends and I am thankful to Reaching Hand and for their timely intervention'.

In the next quarter Reaching Hand will focus on constructing more functional toilets in the schools lacking them and assure the maintenance of the constructed toilets by re- painting of toilets, cleaning, plumbing repairs and replacement of damaged accessories. Health and Hygiene workshops will continue as in the previous quarter. Corrective maintenance of toilet units constructed and renovated will be done. We will conduct workshops for Students on H&H and MHM and distribute Puberty and Health and Hygiene kits. We will empower and create awareness to SDMC and HM too.

Reaching Hand believes in instilling moral values, providing education and love as the three main ingredients to help a proper development of a child.

We look forward to your support to impact the lives of many more students in these government schools .Please do visit our office when you are in Bangalore so we can take you to these schools to hear and experience the joyof these students for providng them their basic needs. Thank you form the bottom of our heart.

Inauguration of toilet
Inauguration of toilet
Renovated toilet
Renovated toilet
New toilet in Alahalli
New toilet in Alahalli
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Beneficiary- Divyashree
Beneficiary- Divyashree

Greetings from Reaching Hand!

Heart felt thank you to each of our supporters and donors. We are very proud to be associated with you.

Teaching to bloom with grace: “ I am so happy that we girls don’t have to be the laughing stocks again,” sighs  Divyashree a 9th grade student of Bendiganahalli Government High School.

She justifies her statement saying that teachers yell at the girls for being late to class after recess. She says,"we try our best to be on time, but our school toilet is not functional so we have to go to friends places nearby and hence get late"!

It is during the inauguration of the 3 new toilets units at her school, that she learned about 'Reaching Hand'. She also learned that an Ayamma is appointed for the maintenance of these toilets.

Divyashree says, “earlier there was a toilet but it is not functional now. For the 105 girls in my school it was very difficult. The girls would hardly drink water to avoid using the toilet through the duration in school”.

She adds, “the days during periods were extremely difficult, so we either skip school during those days or have to use the toilet in a friend’s house near school”.

She sighs  a relief looking at the new toilets and expressed her joy by saying that she is extremely happy now that she and her friends have separate toilets and she is very thankful to Reaching Hand.

The quarter gone by: Reaching Hands team through the need assessment found that in the government schools ,absenteeism of the girl students is on rise, so the focus was to provide the hygienic and separate toilets to girls in the schools .Reaching Hands  Girls Glory program has been progressing at a steady pace in the quarter gone by. In the last quarter, we have inaugurated new toilet units for girls in 7 government schools that will benefit over 1250 girls. In the month of August we are inaugurating new toilet units in 3 schools in Davengere district. This will benefit 245 girls

As part of expanding, new surveys are being conducted in 20 schools in the districts of Davengere, Kolar and Mallur

" Health is a state of Body , Wellness is a state of Being"- J Stanford

We believe creating awareness is important to bring about a behavioral change in these girls so we have conducted puberty and body wellness, hygiene and menstruation sessions and distributed health and hygiene kits in 5 schools in the last quarter and we are continuing to do so in other schools this quarter.

'Child Parliament' was also set up to enhance the leadership qualities and responsibility of the children. We also distributed plates and glasses to the children in 16 of these government schools and we have reached 4000+ children in the past quarter.

Using the latest techniques in Girls Glory program, Reaching Hand constructed toilets with ample water facility .With the help of students, parents and the school management  we will ensure to maintain cleanliness of these toilets.

All this would not be possible without your support and generous contribution in terms of love,encouragement, time and donations. You are a part of this program and we would encourage you to visit our schools to see the outcome and the smiles on the faces of these children.

New Toilets for girls
New Toilets for girls
Plates and glasses ditsribution
Plates and glasses ditsribution
New toilet Inauguration
New toilet Inauguration
Health and hygiene Kit distribution
Health and hygiene Kit distribution
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