Read the story of Sahana M. our “Spoorthi Center” student made use of opportunity given to her.
Sahana studies in 10th grade at B. Narayanaura Government High School. Her father’s name is Manjunath and her mother’s name is Nagarathna. Her father works as a Mechanic and her mother a housewife. She has two sisters. The elder one is married and the other is studying in Maharani Arts and Management college.
Sahana is an introvert by nature and spends most of her time alone. It is with great persuasion that she takes part in extra curriculum activities. She is organized and scores well in studies. Our Spoorthi Center trainer used to observe her and spend more time with her to understand her interest and talents.
The trainer observed that she can excel in other activities when given a chance. She was counseled for the same. Almost immediately she began spending much of her time interacting with other students and participating in extra curriculum activities. Her school suggested her name for the Kanaka Jayanthi event. She took part in the essay writing competition in which she won the fourth position and was awarded a certificate from the chief minister of State. That was a proud moment for the school.
Recently she took part in “HCL Young Kalam Science Fest”for which she worked on a model based on the concept of Hydroelectricity. She explained the important features of her model in front of various dignitaries at the event. It is because of Reaching Hands spoorthi trainer’s effort that she is proving herself everywhere. She is thankful to Reaching Hand for setting up “Spoorthi center” in her school through which she is able to learn much more than her school curriculum.
Chuimayo is another young boy who lived with his parents and siblings in the Indian north eastern state of Manipur. Aspirations and dreams are not within the reach of many in that state. Chimayo’s uncle lived in Bangalore and forced his parents to let him relocate to Bangalore in hopes of better education and facilities.
Chimayo joined to be part of New Home family at a tender age of 7 in 2006 and started his schooling immediately in one of the best schools in the locality. Being an intelligent boy, he could grasp the toughest of syllabus with ease.
His love for reading helped him receive many prizes for essay writing competitions in the school. He made best use of the school and New Home library facilities. Though he appears timid, he is a football champion and his school holds the credit of their formidable team to him.
It is not a surprise that this hard worker passed his High School in flying colours and was enrolled easily in the science stream for his higher education. With little coaching, he cracked the entrance exam and joined a prestigious Institute of Technology in Mangalore. He has completed his first year in Automobile Engineer and is spending his semester break with New Home. He aspires to excel in his field and make a change where ever he is.
He owes his “Journey to Success” to the New Home team who has been his constant support and motivation. Looking back, he says” New Home has taught me to love unconditionally, be considerate to others and to believe in yourself”.
“When destiny finds you, nothing can stop you”- Way to go Chuimayo!
- 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.