Last Updated:  18/04/2024

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Project Pitch By: Kaydee Foundation

 

Proposed Project Title


Project Mitra - Menstrual hygiene solution for school-going girls

 

Thematic Area

Eradicating hunger, poverty and malnutrition, promoting health care, sanitation & safe drinking water

Sub Thematic Area

Sanitation, Swachh Bharat, Hygiene Awareness

Project Synopsis

Project Mitra seeks to provide comprehensive support to school going girls in West Bengal, aiming to reduce the number of girls dropping out of school. In addition, the project endeavors to create a nurturing and supportive atmosphere for menstrual hygiene within the girls households. The lack of access to sanitary napkins in schools not only affects the physical health and cleanliness of female students, but also perpetuates the social stigmas and taboos surrounding menstruation. Our proposed project aims to overcome these obstacles by implementing a sustainable solution, the installation of vending machines and sanitary napkin incinerators in schools. These machines and incinerators will be strategically positioned on school grounds to ensure convenient availability of affordable sanitary napkins. Furthermore, the project will incorporate educational components to raise awareness about menstrual health, hygiene practices, and debunk misconceptions related to menstruation.
 
 
 

Overview of the Proposed Project

Estimated Budget
INR 0.3 Cr - INR 0.6 Cr
Proposed Location
West Bengal

Key Project Partners
Government,NGOs,Companies

Project Status
Active
 

Facts

Beneficiary Type (Primary): Adolescent
Beneficiary Type (Secondary): Adolescent
Estimated No. of Beneficiaries: 3000 - 10000 Individuals
Status of Baseline Survey: Under Process
 
 
 

Proposed Project Description

Project Mitra aims to support school-going girls in West Bengal, with the goal of reducing the number of girls who drop out of school. Additionally, the project strives to create a supportive environment for menstrual hygiene in the girls' households. The absence of sanitary napkins in schools not only impacts the physical health and cleanliness of female students but also perpetuates the social stigmas and taboos surrounding menstruation.

Our proposed project aims to overcome these challenges by implementing a sustainable solution: the installation of vending machines and sanitary napkin incinerators in schools. These machines and incinerators will be strategically placed on school grounds to ensure convenient access to affordable sanitary napkins. Furthermore, the project will incorporate educational components to raise awareness about menstrual health, hygiene practices, and dispel misconceptions about menstruation. The Foundation has already provided similar machines in rural schools, benefiting the girl students in those areas.

The Foundation has already supplied comparable machines to rural schools, where they have been beneficial for female students. Now, the Foundation's goal is to assist 30 schools by providing compact napkin vending machines and incinerators, along with an initial supply of sanitary napkins. After that, students will be required to pay a small fee to obtain napkins. The remaining cost will be covered by the fund. This approach will enhance their self-esteem and sense of dignity.

'Project Impact

  1. Enhanced Menstrual Well-being: The adoption of improved menstrual hygiene practices by female students, resulting in better physical health and reduced risk of infections.
  2. Reduced School Absences: A decrease in the number of missed school days during menstruation, promoting regular attendance and improved academic performance among female students.
  3. Empowered Communities: The promotion of positive attitudes towards menstrual health within communities, leading to a decrease in societal stigma and the establishment of a supportive and inclusive environment.
  4. Advocacy for Gender Parity: The promotion of gender equality by recognizing and meeting the unique needs of female students, thus fostering a more equitable educational setting.
 
 

Salient Features

  1. breaking down societal taboos surrounding menstruation, promoting inclusivity and fostering empathy and understanding within educational institutions.
  2. Increasing Girl student attendance in School
  3. Contributes to a broader framework of gender equality
 

About Kaydee Foundation

Kaydee Foundation, established in 2016 by Mr. Kuldip Maity, serves as the driving force behind the execution of corporate social responsibility initiatives for VFS Capital Limited. Mr. Maity, who is the Managing Director and CEO of VFS Capital Limited, founded Kaydee Foundation with the aim of tackling issues such as hunger, poverty, and inadequate healthcare. The foundation also strives to provide access to clean drinking water, promote education, especially for individuals with special needs, empower women through vocational training, advocate for gender equality, and undertake environmental conservation projects. Over the years, the foundation has successfully implemented several impactful social development projects.

Kaydee Foundation is fully compliant with the Ministry of Corporate Affairs' regulations regarding corporate social responsibility initiatives. The foundation is dedicated to executing CSR projects in diverse thematic domains, as outlined in Schedule VII of the Companies Act 2013.

 
 

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