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Why to Donate for Sanitary Napkins?

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Reason #1

Unprivileged girls often lack access to sanitary pads

For countless girls and women, sanitary pads are an unaffordable luxury.

A study conducted by AC Nielsen, ‘Sanitary Protection: Every woman’s health right’, reviewed and endorsed by the community development organization Plan India, found out that only 12% of India’s 355 million menstruating women use sanitary napkins.

According to a National Family Health Survey (NFHS) 2015-16, about 57.6 percent of the Indian women use sanitary napkins and 62 percent women in the age group 15-24 years still rely on a cloth during periods.

Due to poverty, many women and girls use unsanitary materials such as old rags, husks, dried leaves, grass, ash, sand or newspapers because they do not have access to affordable, hygienic and safe products and facilities.

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Girls at Risks

71% of girls in India report having no knowledge of menstruation before their first period.

Almost 88% of women and girls in India use homemade alternatives, such as an old cloth, rags, hay, sand, or ash.

In India 14% of the girls report to suffer from menstrual infections.

Reason #2

Girls are typically absent for 20% of the school year due to menstruation

Lack of sanitary protection also causes 28% of girls to drop out of school & also suffers from deadly diseases & other gynecological complications.

For the adolescent age group 11–13 years, the percentage of out-of-school children was much higher among girls (10.03%)
than boys (6.46%).

Often, girls living in rural area don’t have access to sanitary napkins. To avoid the shaming of having stained their clothes, they would rather sit at home and miss classes or even drip out of school altogether. This may also be because they can’t afford to pay for both -the school, tuition fees and the cost of buying sanitary napkins. Other reasons are that there are superstitious beliefs that don’t allow girls to step out while they are menstruating.

“There is no place to dispose the pad at school. Some girls dispose it anywhere. If I need to change at school, I will go to my Principal’s office and ask for a leave. When I am at home, I bury it [the pad] in a field because if cattle are grazing there, they would dig the ground. I walk back home, clean myself in the changing area.”

– 13-year-old girl, rural Kanpur, UP

Stories from the Field – A Glimpse into Girl’s Experience

Pinky, 14 years old, lives with her parents and younger brothers in a katchaii near a village in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India. Every morning, she wakes up at 4 am and helps her mother fill water from the village pump, cook, and clean before she goes to school. Like her mother, Pinky uses cloth to manage her menstruation. She disposes of her used menstrual cloth in the field, where she goes to defecate, and then, walks back home to wash and clean herself. Following her mother’s advice, Pinky stays at home on the days she is menstruating, but her mother tells her brother and her father that she is unwell or has fever.

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Where does your contribution go?

When you donate a pad, you are giving a healthy life to a woman to live her dreams!

This contribution goes into the purchase of Sanitary Pads & will be distributed for free at camps organized by Ladli Foundation Trust at slums, villages etc. & will also be used for HIV Counselling, Health Checkups etc. across the country.

How it works: Nearly 90% of the donation amount goes on program activities – helping unprivileged girls to become aware of menstrual cycle and getting a good quality of sanitary napkins at free of cost, and remaining 10% on support services and fundraising.

Reason #3

Roselyne, a 13-year-old girl from Mathare, was kind enough to write a few words for IYWG about the anxieties that frequently led her to skip school during her periods:

“Using a handkerchief was really difficult because it couldn’t hold blood for a long time; thus, leaking was easy. This meant I couldn’t concentrate in class because I was worried of soiling my uniform and being gossiped about in the class. At times I had to improvise ways of making my own pad by taking tissues and putting them between the handkerchief so as to prevent leakage, but this proved futile because at times the bulk was very uncomfortable and shifted from one position to another. This limited my movement in school because I was afraid that it would fall down and be a laughing subject to the rest of the students. Now I don’t have to worry about soiling my clothes because there is no leakage and the pads are very comfortable, and I can concentrate in class fully.”

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Ways to Contribute

Contribute Online & Get a Certificate

Make a donation of Sanitary Pads to girls in rural and slum areas, submit your photos of donation here.

Courier Us Sanitary Pads

You can send us Sanitary Napkins to our address: Ladli Foundation Trust, 9/277, Dakshinpuri Extension, New Delhi - 110062

Make a donation online to ensure unprivileged girls and women around the India have easy access to Sanitary Pads.

Contribute sanitary pads for underprivileged girls & women

₹60 of ₹2 lakh raised

Being the reason for someone’s smile is an indescribable feeling. All it would take to change the life of these women is a little help from your side. Come forward and be a part of this beautiful cause by doing your bit and donating towards our projects. ₹20

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