Women and girls from low-income backgrounds have been facing a massive menstrual hygiene crisis due to the pandemic. The only source of sanitary napkins for most school-going girls was from government schemes that supply them through govt. schools, which remain closed amidst the lockdown. Similarly, minimum wage daily labourers women /migrants workers and those from poor homes are unable to afford sanitary napkins as they suddenly have no or very less income. This leads to them using unhygienic methods like paper, rags, etc and creates health problems.
The solution is to provide reusable sanitary napkins to these underprivileged women & girls. Each kit is unique as it contains 4 reusable sanitary napkins. The napkins will last 2 years, are environment-friendly, easy to store, and most importantly cost-effective. This is being done in partnership with The Rotary Club of Mumbai Brave Hearts and The Rotary Club of Bombay Pier.
JUST INR 2500 WILL IMPACT 10 GIRLS/WOMEN FOR TWO YEARS. EACH MENSTRUAL HYGIENE PACK COSTS INR 250 INCL DISTRIBUTION COSTS.
COMPARISON - REUSABLE VS DISPOSABLE PADS
Reusable pads are a much better alternative for the environment, individual and which is why we are using them for this initiative.
My name is Anirvaan Kar. I am 16 years old and a Grade11 student at the Bombay Scottish School, Mahim.
COVID-19 has impacted millions of people. The worst-hit are the poor, migrants, and daily wage workers. Mumbai has not been spared and we are seeing its impact all around us. There has been a surge in cases & the situation will only get worse before it gets better. For girls and women from financially weak backgrounds, the issue is compounded by the inaccessibility of menstrual hygiene measures.
We take sanitary pads for granted. For them, it has become a luxury. Their focus is on getting food and surviving the pandemic. To manage their menstrual needs they are using unhygienic methods which will lead to a health crisis.
The solution is to give them a menstrual hygiene kit that is cost-effective, lasts long, and is not too bulky.
The Hygiene kit that is being given has four reusable sanitary pads. It creates no trash and is cost-effective. Disposable sanitary pads have to be bought repeatedly, cost INR 50-100 per month, and create massive disposal problems. The cost of this hygiene kit (including distributing it) is just INR 250.
I request all of you to support my campaign so that we can also contribute to their well-being in our own small little way. Let's come together and do our bit.
IN THE NEWS
ABOUT OUR PARTNERS
The freshly minted Rotary Club of Mumbai BraveHearts (RCMBH) is an association of eclectic individuals. Chartered on July 2, 2020, the members of RCMBH genuinely believe in having the courage to follow their collective beliefs. Ergo, they indeed are 'Bravehearts'.
Following the legacy of the Rotary District 3141, our members come from all walks of life. We might be new, but our goals stem from the Rotarian ethos of humanitarian service to build goodwill and peace. Some of our flagship projects, like pediatric heart surgeries, affordable housing, prevention of sexual harassment and auditory-verbal approach, have already been well received.
Fuelled by the success of the Rotarian pathway, RCMBH is proud to launch 'Pride'. It is an initiative to help underprivileged women and girls with menstrual hygiene by providing them with reusable sanitary pads. We want to empower them by focussing on their well-being with dignity. We believe that every little step will help change the narrative for the better.
The Rotary Club of Bombay Pier, also popularly called as RCBP, is a young, vibrant, and dynamic club of Rotary District 3141. We are currently 84 members strong. The average age of our club members is around 48 years. RCBP was chartered in 1992. Since 1992, the Rotary Club of Bombay Pier has been actively involved tackling important issues such as help empower youth, enhance health by fighting diseases, provide clean water, save mothers and children, support education, promote peace, and eradicate polio.
Our notable projects are supporting:
- Little Heart Surgeries ie. Pediatric heart surgeries for the underprivileged
- Groups of Disabled
- Society for the Education of the Challenged
- The Deaf-Blind
- Integrated rural village development at Jalna, Maharashtra
- Medical Camps at schools for the economically challenged
- Eradication of Polio
Funding for this campaign is eligible for tax breaks as ROTARY CLUB OF BOMBAY PIER CHARITABLE TRUST is a registered NGO & you can avail of benefits under section 80G of IT act. Foreign funding is accepted too.
Will we get to know the details of who benefitted?
Yes. After the money has been collected it will be transferred by Fueladream to ROTARY CLUB OF BOMBAY PIER CHARITABLE TRUST. We will update you on the details of the beneficiaries as soon as possible. Once we get this information we shall upload a report 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?
The receipts will start getting processed about 4 to 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.