Individuals 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 children was from government schemes that supply them through the government schools, which remain closed amidst the lockdown. Similarly, minimum wage daily labourers, migrant 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 the underprivileged in Odisha. The kit is unique as it contains 5 reusable sanitary napkins.
Each kit contains:
3 regular pads
2 maxi pads
1 travel wash bag
1 instructions manual
The napkins will last 2 years, are environment-friendly, easy to store, and most importantly cost-effective. This is being done under the banner of Zephyr and in partnership with the Rotary Eclub of District 3262 and the Institute for Social Development.
All funding has 80G benefits.
JUST INR 3000 WILL IMPACT 10 MENSTRUATORS FOR TWO YEARS. EACH MENSTRUAL HYGIENE PACK COSTS INR 300 INCL. DISTRIBUTION COSTS.
Not only are reusable pads safer and more cost-effective for the individual, they are also safe for the community and for the environment. Since each pack replaces the use of close to 200 disposable sanitary pads, this is also a cost-effective measure.
My name is MAHEK AGRAWAL. I am 16 years old and in Grade 11 at SAI International School.
COVID-19 has impacted millions of people. The worst-hit are the poor, migrants, and daily wage workers. For menstruators from financially weak backgrounds, the issue is compounded by the inaccessibility of menstrual hygiene measures. What we take for granted - sanitary napkins is a luxury for them. The solution is to give them a menstrual hygiene pack that contains 5 reusable pads. These are cost-effective, last long and are not too bulky.
The pads are reusable, create no trash and are 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 kit (including distribution) is just INR 300.
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.
ABOUT ROTARY ECLUB OF DISTRICT 3262
Rotary Eclub of District 3262 is situated in Rotary International District 3262, Odisha and is formed by committed members in 13 locations. Working on the focus area of Rotary, they are focused on improving the lives of young women. Rotary Eclub has received appreciation for the implementation of bio-toilets in Urban slums, menstrual hygiene awareness projects in slums and shelter homes. Other areas of notable work in mental health and awareness against cancer.
Institute for Social Development has worked jointly with Rotary Eclub in providing food and medicines to the homeless.
ABOUT INSTITUTE FOR SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
The Institue for Social Development (ISD) has been working towards helping the underprivileged in and around Odisha. They have tied up with the Rotary Eclub of District 3262 for this campaign and will help in the distribution of these Hygiene kits.
Zephyr is a student-run organization that aims to provide Menstrual Education to the upcoming generation in a gender-neutral, liberal and more interactive environment. We will propagate the acceptance of periods by encouraging children to embrace their bodily processes and not shy away from them.
Funding for this campaign is eligible for tax breaks as the Institue of Social Development is a registered NGO & you can avail of benefits under section 80G of IT act. Foreign funding is not accepted.
Will we get to know the details of how the money was spent?
Yes. After the money has been collected it will be transferred by Fueladream to THE INSTITUTE FOR SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT. It will take from 2 to 3 months after that to get details of fund use. Once we get this information from them, we shall upload this to the UPDATES section of this campaign. You will then get an alert & can read details about the impact we have made and how the monies have been spent.
When do I get the receipts?
It takes up to 2 weeks after the campaign is closed for the monies to be transferred to NGO. The receipts will start getting processed about 4 to 6 weeks AFTER the campaign is closed and will be sent to you directly. The receipts will be sent by THE INSTITUTE OF SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT.
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