Menstrual hygiene is an important aspect of girls’ health and wellbeing. In India, over 20% of adolescent girls drop out of school after they start menstruating due to lack of right education, proper facilities or financial issues.
Since 2020, we’ve donated US$60,000 and been working with our partners from India, Saath Charitable Trust and Unipads India, aiming to improve awareness among adolescent school girls about the importance of menstrual hygiene.
Together with Saath Charitable Trust and Unipads India, we carried out totally 186 MHM workshops. The event comprised an hour of interactive session to make the school girls aware of the right menstrual hygiene practices and to bust the myths and taboos around periods. A reusable sanitary pad kit with a leaflet in the local language, with information about menstrual hygiene management, was also given to each girl at the workshops. The kits would help the girls manage their menstrual hygiene for a year.
Multiple workshops, each targeting 50-200 adolescent girls, were organized at different places in the Gujarat state. In addition to slum pockets in various parts of Ahmedabad city, the campaign covered villages in the vicinity of Ahmedabad, villages near Rajkot, and villages in Sabarkantha, Dahod, Banaskantha, and other places.
This campaign reached out to over 12,000 school girls in Gujarat state, India as beneficiaries.