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 300,000,000

 WOMEN SUFFER IN SILENCE 

CAN YOU HELP US HELP THEM?

MENSTRUAL HYGIENE IS A HUGE PROBLEM IN INDIA. UNFORTUNATELY, MENSTRUATION IS A SUBJECT THAT STILL LARGELY REMAINS A TABOO. IT IS NOT A SUBJECT THAT IS OPENLY DISCUSSED. HENCE, THE SCALE OF THE PROBLEM AND ITS DEVASTATING IMPACTS ARE LESS KNOWN. THE EFFORTS OF THE GOVERNMENT AND A FEW INDIVIDUALS ALONE WILL NOT SUFFICE. IT REQUIRES CONTRIBUTION BY THE WHOLE CIVIL SOCIETY.

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FACTS

 

 30 CRORE

# of women in India that don't have access to sanitary pads

LACK OF KNOWLEDGE ABOUT THE PROCESS OF MENSTRUATION AND HYGIENE COUPLED WITH A LARGE POPULATION LYING IN THE LOW PER CAPITA INCOME GROUP ENDS UP IN SHOCKING STATISTICS IN INDIA. MORE THAN 11 CRORES ADOLESCENT GIRLS ARE VULNERABLE TO POOR MENSTRUAL HYGIENE.

 

based on official studies, 87% GIRLS USE OLD UNHYGIENIC CLOTHES AS ABSORBENTS DURING THEIR PERIODS, WHEREAS 44% reported embarrassment and humiliation over restrictions, 60% GIRLS MISS SCHOOL ON ACCOUNT OF MENSTRUATION.

LOT OF GIRLS ARE EVEN FORCED TO USE MATERIALS LIKE MUD, COW DUNG AND NATURAL LEAVES WHEN THEY MENSTRUATE.THESE UNHYGIENIC MATERIALS PUT WOMEN AT RISK OF REPRODUCTIVE TRACT INFECTIONS LEADING TO DEADLY DISEASES LIKE CERVICAL CANCER. CONSTANT IGNORANCE TOWARDS THIS NATURAL PHENOMENON HAS BEEN HARMING THE HEALTH & DIGNITY OF WOMEN FOR LONG.

1 PERCENT OF WOMEN RESORT TO SHOCKING ALTERNATIVES LIKE COW DUNG, HUSK SAND, DRY LEAVES OR MUD during their period

  45%

ARE ASHAMED BY TABOO

45 percent of women are too shy to buy pads or talk to someone about their menstrual health and needs.

  23%

QUIT SCHOOL FOREVER

FOR 23 PERCENT OF GIRLS, HAVING THEIR PERIODS IS ONE OF THE PRIMARY reasons TO QUIT SCHOOL FOREVER 

  6%

never heard of sanitary pads

6 PERCENT OF girls are so ignorant that don't even know sanitary pads exist and are most vulnerable

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CHANGE

 

THOUSANDS OF COMMON WOMEN HAVE STOOD UP AND STARTED PADBANK TO SUPPORT THEM

UNDER THIS PROGRAM, MEMBERS OF PINKISHE RUN PADBANK BRANCHES ACROSS THE NATION FROM THEIR HOMES AND OTHER PLACES AND OUR VOLUNTEERS MANUFACTURE AND DISTRIBUTE SANITARY PADS FREE TO THE NEEDY GIRLS WHILE ENHANCING THEIR AWARENESS LEVELS ON THE SUBJECT OF MENSTRUAL HYGIENE. THE PADS THAT WE MANUFACTURE ARE ENVIRONMENT FRIENDLY, BIO-DEGRADABLE REUSABLE CLOTH SANITARY PADS AND IN THE PROCESS THE WOMEN WHO MANUFACTURE THEM ATTAIN ECONOMIC INDEPENDENCE. IT’S A UNIQUE INITIATIVE AND WILL HOPEFULLY CREATE MAXIMUM POSITIVE IMPACT ON THE SOCIETY.

WE STARTED OUR ACTIVITIES IN THE YEAR 2017. OUR VOLUNTEERS ACROSS 50+ BRANCHES ACROSS INDIA RAN AWARENESS CAMPAIGNS AND STARTED COLLECTING DISPOSABLE SANITARY PADS FROM DONORS. THE COLLECTED PADS ARE THEN DISTRIBUTED TO THE NEEDY GIRLS IN THE RURAL AREAS AND SLUMS. IN THE PROCESS, AWARENESS SESSIONS ARE CONDUCTED BY QUALIFIED DOCTORS AND OUR VOLUNTEERS TO ENHANCE THEIR KNOWLEDGE ABOUT IMPORTANCE OF MENSTRUAL HYGIENE, USAGE OF SANITARY ABSORBENTS, CORRECT METHOD OF USAGE AND DISPOSAL AND SO ON.

IN DUE COURSE OF TIME WE STARTED RESEARCHING AND HAVE BEGUN MANUFACTURING REUSABLE CLOTH PADS OF OUR OWN. THESE ARE HIGH QUALITY PADS AT PAR WITH OTHERS GLOBALLY AVAILABLE. THESE PADS USE A SPECIAL FABRIC THAT LETS AIR FLOW THROUGH IT BUT STOPS LIQUID; MAKING THEM LEAKPROOF YET COMFORTABLE WHILE USE. THE PADS ARE DESIGNED IN SPECIAL SHAPE AND SIZE IN A WAY THAT WHEN UNFOLDED THEY LOOK LIKE A REGULAR CLOTH, SO THAT GIRLS DO NOT FEEL SHY IN DRYING THEM IN THE OPEN.

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PROGRAM

PROGRAM objectives

  • TO RAISE AWARENESS LEVEL TO STOP TREATING MENSTRUATION AS A SUBJECT THAT CAN’T BE DISCUSSED

  • TO FIGHT AGAINST TREATMENT OF THE SUBJECT AS A TABOO AND VARIOUS ILL-PRACTICES ATTACHED TO IT

  • TO RAISE SANITARY HYGIENE AWARENESS LEVELS IN THE COUNTRY

  • TO ENHANCE ACCESSIBILITY AND ACCEPTANCE OF HYGIENIC SANITARY ABSORBENT PRODUCTS IN THE COUNTRY

  • TO INCREASE THE PRODUCTION VOLUME OF SANITARY PADS TO COVER LARGER POPULATION

  • TO IMPART SKILL AND SELF-EMPLOYMENT TO THE WOMEN TO HELP THEM BECOME SELF-STANDING ECONOMICALLY

  • TO PROMOTE USAGE OF BIO-DEGRADABLE AND REUSABLE SANITARY PADS TO HELP ENVIRONMENTAL-FRIENDLY PRACTICES

 

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solution

 

reusable cloth pad

  • MADE OF COMFORTABLE NEW COTTON CLOTH

  • SPECIAL DESIGN MAKES IT EASY TO DRY IN OPEN

  • PUL LAYER FOR LEAK PROOFING

  • ECO-FRIENDLY, SUSTAINABLE

  • NO RASHES OR SKIN DISEASES

  • NO PROBLEM OF DISPOSAL

  • 1 SET OF 5 PADS CAN EASILY TAKE CARE OF 24 PERIOD CYCLES

  • EMPLOYMENT FOR WOMEN

  • WESTERN NATIONS ARE FAST SWITCHING TO THIS

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methodology

 

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ACHIEVEMENTS

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TESTIMONIALS

 
 

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YOUR SUPPORT

 

GIVE THE GIFT OF HEALTH & DIGNITY

  • your small donation can change lives and provide better health and self esteem to lot of girls and women. 

  • You can help by giving a one time donation or monthly donations

  • Rs. 500 is all it takes to provide sanitary pads sufficient for sanitary pads for 24 period cycles of a single girl. 

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glimpses of a padbank event

 

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media coverage

 
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