The Initiative of Amari Foundation is helping young village girls
In research, it was found that the age groups of 15-24, 48% of rural women use a hygienic method of menstrual protection as compare to 78% of urban women.
To eliminate this huge difference in rural areas, Amari foundation, a non- profit organization started a campaign to educate girls, their families and also their institutes about a hygienic method of menstrual protection. Apart from educating, they want to break the taboo surrounding menstruation in society. Amari foundation has traveled across villages, schools to educate girls about the subject.
The two co-founders Pallavi Arya (23) and Amandeep Gautam (24) are law students and classmates who turned a simple conversation about starting an NGO into reality. Hopefully, Amari Foundation has empowered more than 2000 girls across villages in Haryana, and further aims to reach Punjab and Himachal Pradesh in the third quarter of 2019.
Pallavi believes that along with educating girls, it is equally important to educate boys about menstrual health and hygiene so that they don’t subject girls to mockery and humiliation.
Amari Foundation Menstrual kits provide sanitary products for 6 months. The foundation regularly checks up at the school to find out whether the girls are using the products and having more open conversations about menstruation.
Amari Foundation is also supported by corporates, individuals and sponsors. They have received CSR sponsorships from Vikas Steel, JBS Steel, and Progress Industries. As well as apart from monetary support, people can also contribute to Amari through internships, society collaboration opportunities, creative writing and blog post initiatives.
Pallavi says, “Field projects require extra caution, as educational campaigns are sometimes interpreted to be against rituals and religious beliefs. We need to handle this wisely so the parents don’t get offended”.
Amari also planned to install sanitary napkin vending machines at various schools, so that girls can use pads in case of emergencies. It plans to distribute sustainable and reusable pads for its upcoming campaigns as well. Overall this hygienic method of menstrual protection is good measure and a need for good hygiene for every girl.