Girl’s Glory programme of Reaching Hand

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  • 95% of girls in rural areas of India fail to attend school during menstrual periods.
  • Only 1 in 5 schools provide soap and almost no schools offer menstrual hygiene products or facilities for their disposal
  • 5% of schoolgirls from South Asia had not heard about menstruation prior to menarche
  • Across 5 states in rural India, 2 out of 3 girls and women reported not knowing about menstruation before receiving menarche

In India, a shocking 88% of these women are using extremely unhygienic alternatives such as: old rags, ashes, and husk when they get their periods.  70% of women report that it is accessibility and affordability of sanitary napkins that prevent them from using it.

Such unhygienic practices lead to a number of related health issues, including an increased risk of developing a Reproductive Tract Infection (RTI) or other serious urine infections, which can be detrimental to fertility.

 We have found that poor sanitation and long- standing myths surrounding menstruation are directly correlated with absenteeism and drop-out from schools. Many girls report menstrual hygiene and management related issues as the cause for remaining absent from school, due to the lack of adequate water for washing, lack of soap, and inadequate toilets and facilities to dispose of the pads.

Result?  Girls between Standard 5 to 10th abstain themselves away from schools for 5 days every month, eventually leading to them to drop out of school.

We strive to attain:

  • Improve the living standards of girls and women, providing them with quality menstrual hygiene products free of charge.
  • Improve the overall educational experience of adolescent girls by reducing the school absences and drop-out rate.
  • Increase the number of women and girls who can manage menstruation safely and hygienically.
  • Reduce the likelihood of women and girls developing health problems associated with improper menstruation management.
  • Improve awareness of menstrual health and puberty among young girls aged between 11-18 years.
  • Empower women and girls to see past the social and cultural taboos associated with menstruation and lead a life of dignity and confidence.

Our programme will be delivered through an active network of community and corporate volunteers who give their time, skills, and experiences. The programme consists of one-hour sessions for girls in 6th Standard and above.

The structure of each session proceeds as follows:

  • a short video,
  • volunteers sharing own experiences,
  • an engaging activity,
  • and an opportunity for students to ask questions.

 

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Author: REACHING HAND

Reaching Hand is a registered Charitable Trust started in 1996 in Bangalore, formed with an aim to work among underprivileged children, vulnerable youths and disadvantaged women. We envision an empowered future for all by acting as a catalyst for social change. We empower children, youth and women through our innovative program focusing on the areas of education, health and skill development so that they lead a life of self-worth, hope and dignity.

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