A non-profit has been addressing the most pressing issues of girls in the remote villages of Jharkhand during the outbreak of pandemic and lockdown. Want to know more about their work? Continue reading…
People coming together to help destitute
Several non-profit organizations, individuals and people from different walks of life have come forward to support those facing the severe brunt of hunger and starvation during coronavirus outbreak. Free ration kits are being distributed across the country to people living in slums and streets. No doubt, it’s a commendable job.
Nischay foundation addressing most pressing issue
But several organizations have ignored most important issues being faced by the women: The distribution of sanitary napkins.
Nischay foundation, the social outfit has been distributing free sanitary napkins to girls in remote villages of East Singhbum district in Jharkhand, “Most of the girls are facing non-availability of sanitary napkins because of closure of shops or unable to purchase due to economic woes. Apart from food, sanitary napkins are required by women to maintain hygiene and prevent the spread of diseases,” said Tarun Kumar, founder of Nischay to Chalgenius.
“We decided to distribute sanitary napkins to girls who live in remote villages and hamlets as shops in those areas are closed or finding it difficult to afford because of monetary issues.”
Over 2500 sanitary napkins distributed
Tarun along with his group of volunteers have collected Rs 40,000 through personal crowdfunding and have distributed 2,500 packets (each has 6-7 napkins) of sanitary napkins to the needy rural girls across 80 villages of the district since April 12.
The entire district has been divided in three zones for volunteers to understand their demarcated areas easily. Students and teachers have all involved themselves to help in these hard times.
Tarun and his volunteers have travelled across the district to distribute the packets as required.
Pad bank in schools
Nischay has been working on menstrual hygiene in a number of blocks in East Singhbhum and has also created the Pad Bank concept to make rural girls get used to better hygiene while having their periods, “We have also created pad bank in schools where the girls can itself collect pads from the boxes kept in the schools. The pads are arranged on the donations made by the well-wishers.,” Tarun told Chalgenius.
Still a taboo
He says that it is a tough job to create awareness on menstrual hygiene among villagers during lockdown, “It is still difficult to talk about the subject, especially in rural villages where people are reluctant even to start discussion on it. Still, our volunteers have been trying to convince people that sanitary napkins are necessary for women for maintaining hygiene.
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Keywords: Nischay foundation, menstrual cycle, sanitary napkins, east Singhbhum, Jharkhansd, Chalgenius.
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