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

Project Report | Nov 5, 2018
Awareness and acceptance towards change.

By Mini Chacko | Manager- Communications

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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Reaching Hand

Location: Bangalore, Karnataka - India
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Project Leader:
Akshay Sagar
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Bangalore , Karnataka India
$74,318 raised of $150,000 goal
 
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