Did you know that only 18% of women and girls in India have access to sanitary hygiene?
There is evidence to show that ignoring good menstrual hygiene is not only damaging for girls but also adversely affecting the educational, businesses and economic sectors of the country. Indian Development Foundation (IDF), an NGO based in Mumbai aims to contribute to the all-round development of the children in schools across Mumbai and India.
IDF aims to reach 100,000 students in India by 2020 with the provision of sanitary pads, undergarments, hygiene products and awareness generation on personal hygiene. IDF aims to address this issue by educating young girls about menstrual health and well-being by spreading awareness and by making hygiene products like sanitary napkins more accessible to them. Girls from poor homes going to the school are trained and advised to use and properly dispose-off these sanitary napkins
By informing them about the strong connection between hygiene and health, and educate them on best practices to adopt using hygiene products like sanitary napkins, we shall be able to reduce a lot of hygiene and health-related problems among the women population.
The cost of supplying a years supply of low-cost sanitary napkins, 4 sets of undergarments etc to one girl is just INR 500. The kit is shown below.
The pic above shows a kit that contains 32 sanitary pads, 4 sets of undergarments, 1 towel and 2 soaps. The total pads given will be 128 nos ( Pack of 8 pads *16 nos). Girls will also be taught about hygiene and best practices. The sanitary pads are given to them in two lots as the entire set will be too big for them to store at home.
Read on to discover how I am doing this campaign in partnership with IDF. My aim is to raise INR 20000 or more to provide the sanitary napkins to 40 girls studying at schools from poor homes and to underprivileged young girls at govt schools in the city of Bangalore.
HELP ME RAISE INR 20000 TO PROVIDE A YEARS SUPPLY OF SANITARY NAPKINS, UNDERGARMENTS ETC TO 40 GIRLS.
COLLAGE - PICTURE OF STUDENTS BEING GIVEN PADS
ABOUT ME & THIS CAMPAIGN:
My name is Rishabh Ramesh Patel and I am grade 11 student of Vidya Niketan School, Bangalore.
It is shocking that barely 15% of adolescent girls and women have access to sanitary pads in India. It is not only important to spread menstrual hygiene awareness amongst underprivileged girls and women, but also important that they have access to good quality sanitary pads and its environment-friendly disposal. Menstrual hygiene is no more a privilege, it is a RIGHT.
This campaign is to raise funds for providing girls from poor homes with sanitary pads for a year and a hygiene kit. A sanitary pad is one of the basic necessities for girls and the hygiene kit consists of basic necessities like undergarments, a towel, and 2 soaps. Many of the girls do not have access to even undergarments. Shocking but true. The cost of supplying all this & also distributing it is just INR 500.
Being a 16-year-old, it has always been an ambition of mine to contribute to my society in the smallest way possible at least! My zeal to serve and help others is my driving force and 'fuel a dream' has given me a wonderful platform to help me achieve the same.
Help me raise a minimum of INR 20000 and we can together help 40 girls for a year and transform their lives. If I raise more I can help change the lives of more girls. Not having pads and undergarments should not be a reason for girls to drop out of school. But it, unfortunately, is the biggest reason.
I understand this problem and I am convinced that we should do something about it. Let's ensure that girls from less privileged backgrounds, get help from us. Please join me in CHANGING MANY LIVES of school going girls.
HOW WILL THE MONEY BE USED?
For this campaign, we have partnered with an NGO who will execute this project. It’s called Indian Development Foundation (IDF) and is headquartered at Goregaon(W) Mumbai. The monies collected will be given to them once the campaign ends. Since they are an NGO, any donation will be eligible for an 80G tax receipt. The money would be utilized to purchase and provide the girls with the sanitary napkins & hygiene kits.
Every donation counts, let’s all do this not for us, but for them. For those girls who need it and for our nation which we wish to see flourish because they are the future of India.
All funding for this campaign has tax benefits. Receipts will be issued by IDF which is a registered NGO. Indian citizens can avail of 80G tax benefits. Foreign funding is accepted too.
MAP SHOWING LOCATION WHERE WILL THE FUNDS BE USED & PARTNER LOCATION.
IDF focusses on a wide variety of initiatives as an NGO. The project which I am supporting is part of the Dignity Project-Health and Sanitation campaign that aims to empower adolescent girls.
IDF overarching aim is to contribute to the all round development of the children in its Bal Gurukuls and schools associated with Bal Gurukuls across the country in cities, towns and far fledged places making the reach easier. To tackle the problem of menstrual hygiene management in girls IDF’s Dignity Project-Health Sanitation campaign addresses the following concerns in India.
ABOUT DIGNITY PROJECT-HEALTH SANITATION CAMPAIGN
It supports underprivileged girls studying at BMC schools in Mumbai by providing them with Sanitary Napkins.
All it takes is Rs.500/- to support one girl's personal hygiene for the whole year, predominantly underprivileged girls aged 12 and above.
SCHOOLS WHERE IDF PLANS TO DISTRIBUTE KITS
FEEDBACK THAT YOU GET
To ensure that there is complete transparency I shall get a report from NGO (this takes between 2 to 4 months usually after the funds are raised & transferred to them) telling me who benefitted from the funding. The details will then be posted on the UPDATES section of my campaign. As soon as I post an update, the platform will send an SMS and EMAIL alert to all the funders - i.e. to you. Click on the link on the email and you can read about who benefitted. That's transparent right.
The below image is an example of the FEEDBACK FORMAT that will be shared.
Will we get to know the details on how the money was spent?
Yes. After the money has been collected it will be transferred by Fueladream to IDF. It will take from 30 to 90 days after that to get details of who the beneficiary was with details of them. Once I get this information from them I shall upload a group picture of the girls who were provided with the kit on the UPDATES section of this campaign. You will then get an alert & can read details about the beneficiaries.
When do I get the receipts?
It takes up to 2-3 weeks after the campaign is closed for the monies to be transferred to NGO. The receipts will start getting processed about 6 weeks AFTER the campaign is closed and will be sent to you directly.
How does crowdfunding work?
Crowdfunding in India is a relatively new concept & is growing very quickly.
It’s a concept that allows a large number of funders (like you) to fund an Idea or a cause or event by giving small amounts of money online. Fueladream.com is a crowdfunding platform in India that allows for such pooling of funds. You can fund innovations & ideas on FuelADream and be the first to get these products or make them come true. You can also do a good turn by funding charities and causes through crowdfunding. When you fund a charity it’s more like a donation & you get small innovative rewards like a shout-out on an FB page or a thank you email from the beneficiaries