An initiative to raise awareness of the importance of menstrual hygiene management for the development of underprivileged females in slums.
Every year more than 23 million female students across India drop out of school due to inadequate sanitation and essential menstrual hygiene facilities and awareness, 120 million menstruating adolescents face menstrual dysfunctions and nearly 60,000 cases of cervical cancer deaths are registered in the world, two-thirds of which are caused by inadequate menstrual hygiene. Menstruation has long been regarded as a stigma, resulting in inhumane conditions and life-threatening implications for women's health. Most girls use rag cloth as a sanitary pad, which causes fungal and bacterial infection. These women are particularly vulnerable to pathological leucorrhea and cervical cancer. Based on our fieldwork and study, we can clearly state that the patriarchal mentality of the community, inequalities, and the high illiteracy rate are to blame for poor menstrual practices among insecure and disadvantaged people and this has resulted in substantial gaps in women's growth.
The COVID-19 Pandemic has hampered access to sanitary napkins in a variety of ways. Previously, napkins were distributed through various channels. At this point, the same stock of sanitary napkins is severely depleted. Many girls still lack access to sanitary napkins because they were formerly issued only by colleges, which have since closed. These girls are suffering from rashes, swelling, and urinary tract infections as a result of this, and are at risk of developing life-threatening diseases.
To address this critical situation, we have successfully reached out to over 5 lakh females in different government schools, colleges, and slums across India. They were able to provide free sanitary pads and personal hygiene kits by educating them about sustainable menstrual practices. Furthermore, we have built 500+ Sanitary Pad Vending Machines and incinerators in girls' schools to improve access to these products. The Ladli Foundation works to make a difference in the lives of women all over the world. We need your help to expand our activities to serve more women by replicating our active initiatives. We also empower women to adopt environmentally healthy and sustainable practices by supplying them with menstrual cups and educating them on the subject.
This initiative would help them maintain their health and instill the practice of washing their hands. As a result, the availability of essentials will no longer be considered a luxurious commodity for the intended beneficiaries. Sensitization programs and leadership training empower the community and produce well-informed future leaders. The ground-level action will ensure the project's viability by maintaining the health and well-being of the Saheli Team and the beneficiaries. The involvement of community workers (ASHA workers and Saheli workers) creates jobs, allowing them to become financially autonomous. It leads to self-sufficiency in menstrual management. The introduction of sustainable MHM activities encourages a sustainable climate.
Ladli believes in inspiring people to participate so that they can enjoy the happiness and enjoyment of seeing others happy. We are indeed very grateful to you for giving us this opportunity. To ensure that your contribution is used transparently, we encourage you to participate in our donation events that support specifically targeted beneficiaries. If you are unable to attend in person, we will arrange for a live Zoom Video Conference in which you and your family members can partake. To receive the official invitation, kindly submit your interest and donation information (Screenshot) to [email protected].