Menstruation and menstrual practices still face social, cultural, and religious restrictions which are a big barrier in the path of menstrual hygiene management. In many parts of India, especially in rural areas girls are not prepared and aware about menstruation and they face many difficulties and challenges at home, schools, and workplaces. Needs and requirements of the adolescent girls and women are ignored despite the fact that there are major developments in the area of water and sanitation.
THE PROJECT AYNA
‘Ayna’ or आईना is a Hindi word which means ‘mirror’. Project Ayna strives to build confidence in women. This project aims to install vending machines for sanitary napkins in a slum in R.K. Puram in Delhi, and in a women’s hostel at Brigadier Hushaar Singh Marg. We also aim to build a toilet at Adarsh Refugee Camp with a vending machine which would be a boon to many women and girls.
Our main motive is to spread awareness on the importance of menstrual hygiene in rural areas which lack the availability of technology and information. Basic stigmas and limitations inflicted on women and girls on a daily basis is also a major concern and something that we would like to positively impact.
We believe that every woman should feel confident every single time she looks into the mirror. By providing methods of menstrual hygiene as well as educating women about this, we believe that we will be able to make them feel one step closer towards feeling more confident!
THE VENDING MACHINE THAT WOULD BE INSTALLED
We, Reyna Singh and Amayra Singh are Grade 11 students. We study at the Shri Ram School Moulsari and UWCSEA Singapore respectively.
We have undertaken this campaign because we would like to help spread awareness about menstrual hygiene and make life easier for young girls and women from underprivileged backgrounds who do not have access to sanitary napkins. Its shocking to know that in rural India, girls are not prepared and aware about menstruation and face many difficulties and challenges at home, schools, and workplaces.
Through Project Ayna, we aim to transform the lives of girls and women in rural Delhi by installing vending machines at convenient locations. This will help girls and women get easy access to menstrual hygiene products.
By providing basic hygiene products we are ensuring that girls can pursue her dreams uninterrupted thus being the Wind Beneath Her Wings and giving flight to her dreams.
ABOUT THE NGO
DSDF has been working in slum areas for the benefit of the underprivileged with specific emphasis on women empowerment by conducting awareness programs, computer education and now adding sewing skills for youth to become employable. Dissemination of community information has also been undertaken.
DSDF operates centers in Daulatpur and Village Pallanji of Sarojini Nagar area. These centers have created infrastructure to accommodate 200 persons at a time in different areas. DSDF computers have been installed with interest connection thus providing the latest computer education.
Funding for this campaign is eligible for tax breaks as DSDF India is a registered NGO & you can avail of benefits under section 80G of the IT act.
FEEDBACK THAT YOU GET
To ensure that there is complete transparency a report from DSDF ( this takes between 1 to 2 months usually after the funds are raised & transferred) about who benefitted from the funding will be updated. The details will then be posted on the UPDATES section of our campaign. As soon as the update is posted, the platform will send an EMAIL alert to all the funders - i.e to you. That's transparent right?
Will we get to know the details of how the funds have been used?
Yes. After the money has been collected it will be transferred by Fueladream to DSDF. It will take from 60-90 days after that to get details of how the funds have been used. Once I shall upload this on the UPDATES section of this campaign.
When do I get the receipts?
It takes a week after the campaign is closed for the monies to be transferred. The receipts will start getting processed about 2 to 3 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 s 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 is a crowdfunding site and 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 a FB page or a thank you email from the beneficiaries.