We don't know our limits unless we push beyond it!
By Feba Nisha | Associate Project Manager and Legal Advisor
It was a very challenging quarter for us due to demonetization in India, our projects got extended beyond deadlines as it was difficult to disburse big amounts. But these challenges have promoted the team into a next level of learning. It was as if we climbed two steps up suddenly into being strong about our convictions for the Girls Glory cause. But the good news is that we made it through the storm with our head held up high.
What we achieved-
During this difficult months, we completed the construction of toilets in 3 Schools in Bangalore thereby impacting 1155 children and conducted various workshops. We are in process of construction of new toilets at 4 more Schools thereby planning to impact more girls.
Ambitious Scaling Up-
During the month of February, we got to attend the 23rd SuSana conference in Chennai and we were challenged to move ahead and push our limits and achieve more. It made us rethink on our strategies and gave us new perspectives especially on Fecal Sludge Management. We now want to bring in even more eco-friendly approach to all our Sanitation Projects.
Coming quarter, you will also see us participating in the TCS Marathon raising awareness about our Girls Glory Project among all our neighbors across the globe. You can also contribute to this cause by donating through Global Giving platform or by spreading the message word of mouth to your friends and relatives.
Thank you so much for your continuous support as we keep going beyond Bangalore and reach out to interior areas in India and make dignified education available to little Girls.
By Feba Nisha | Associate Project Manager and Legal Advisor
Health and Hygiene Classes at Sikkim
Season greetings from Reaching Hand! As November 24th was Thanks Giving Day, our Reaching Hand Team is very thankful for supporters like you who gives wings to our dreams of stopping drop out of Girls from Schools across India.
Last quarter through constant support from you through GlobalGiving, we could complete the Toilet construction in three Schools in Jammu and Kashmir, Sikkim and Bellary(Karnataka). We impacted 604 Girls with Clean Toilets, Good water flow, Menstrual, Health and Hygiene education.
Through Girls Glory project we also constructed 10 more toilets in3 Schools and created awareness among 1260 Childrenabout Sanitation and Hygiene in the last quarter.
One more step into progress…
Reaching Hand started working with Government Higher Secondary School Devalapura located in an interior village in Karnataka about 3 months ago. The School consisted of 800 Students, 9 Teachers, 1 Principal and 20 SDMC (School Development Committee Members). The School was built more than 30 years ago, and was in a very bad condition in terms of Infrastructure, Sanitation and Hygiene. The drainage facilities ran in between classrooms and the School stinked of the waste water and was a breeding place for mosquitoes. Since the School was located in a remote area, no teacher wanted to teach in the School and there were constant fights among the SDMC as there were people belonging to different political partys. After the intervention of Reaching Hand we are glad to say that we could unite the Teachers and SDMC and the local Panchayat members and bring an awareness in them about the importance of education for the children in the village and thereby every member contributed their best and along with the help of Reaching Hand the drainage facilities were moved out of the School, the School building was fixed and re-painted. This was one of the most memorable achievements for us as a team.
Its #GivingTuesday again…
As we move on forward on this journey we require more financial support and encouragement as we want to really focus on reaching out to remote communities across India with proper sanitation facility and awareness among them about Sanitation, Health and Hygiene. This comingTuesday i.e 29.11.16is Giving Tuesday at GlobalGiving.
There will be anunprecedented 50% matching for #GivingTuesdaydonations up to the first $1 million raised! This is the largest amount of matching funds GlobalGiving has ever had in one day in order to match more donations than ever before!
In addition to this huge matching opportunity, all new recurring donations made from #GivingTuesday through December 31st will bematched at 200% up to $100, on the fourth donation!
Hence we would like to appeal to all our donors and well-wishers to contribute to our cause through GlobalGiving on #GivingTuesday and help us reach out to more communities.
Thank you for your support. The Reaching Hand team wishes all our partners and donors A Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year in advance.
Building confidence through sustainable sanitation
By Feba Nisha | Associate Manager
We are glad to acknowledge your contributions over the last quarter and for helping Reaching Hand “Grow and Reach Beyond Borders”. We would like to bring you the good news that over the last quarter because of your contribution we expanded our work to reach the wonderful girls in North Karnataka, Jammu, Sikkim and Goa by providing them Puberty, Health and Hygiene Education and we are also in the process of completing the construction of Toilets in these places.
Measure of Construction done last Quarter
As part of the Girls Glory Project we constructed 28 Toiletsin 7 Schools and Renovated 5 Toilets in 1 School. We are in the process of Constructing 15 Toilets and 10 Toilets are under renovation in 5 Schools. As per the availability of funds we will be expanding our project more.
We were able to Conduct workshops for Girls in Goa, Sikkim, Jammu and 5 Schools in Bangalore about Puberty and Health and Hygiene. We were able to educate 1190 Girls over the last Quarter.
What we often notice from these workshops are about how these Girls due to lack of Education about Puberty, go into a negative mode of thinking about themselves as inferior, born to suffer, ugly and unwanted. This thinking mainly arises because of the taboos followed in their homes. We come across Taboos like- don’t enter the kitchen, Don’t mingle with Boys, Don’t Play, Don’t enter the Temple, the menstrual blood is unclean, Only Girls suffer from Bodily changes, etc.
It takes us quite some time during workshops to build the self-esteem of Girls, but the results are wonderful. We strive to make the Girls realize themselves, their beauty and potential during our workshops.
Our small step to save the environment
In order to stop the issue of Garbage, and water Clogs in School, we decided to partner with another organization who provide free cloth sanitary pads for under-privileged girls which when taught how to properly maintain can be re-used for two years.
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“…Through this Girls Glory Workshop I learned that the menstrual blood is not bad, I learned how to manage pain during periods and how to keep myself clean…”
Mrs. Sarvamangala- Class Teacher of 1st and 2nd Standard
“Reaching Hand Renovated the toilets for our School, it is very much beneficial to our Students. They also educated the children about Health and Hygiene. Now the children have stopped defecating outside in the ground...”
Do continue supporting us as we are trying to take the message of use of Toilets for Defecation and continue breaking the bad Menstrual Taboos is the society and increase the awareness on Health and Hygiene. We would also be really happy to know your feedbacks and views on various issues in the society relating to our Project. We wish you a wonderful Quarter ahead.
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