6- Clean Water and Sanitation

Cause: Improving menstrual hygiene management and dignity among adolescent girls of KGBV Schools in Medak district of Telangana Raising: Rs. 5,00,000 /- Expected no of Beneficiaries: 2500 adolescent girls in 15 KGBV Schools Raising Funds for: In India menstruation is stigmatised with myths and superstitions. Owing to a certain degree of self-perceived shame and societal treatment of menstruating women and adolescent girls (kishori balakis in vernacular) women are unable to access appropriate information to manage menstruation in a safe manner preventing infection. In the case of young girls, menstruation has a pronounced effect on their education. Due to lack of proper toilets and adequate hygiene support (sanitary pads, menstruation kits, pad vending machines etc.) at schools, girls are forced to miss school during their periods thus compromising on basic education. Part 1: MHM Awareness creation and empowerment - The project aims to address the entire value chain of MHM including awareness, access, use and waste management in 15 KGBV schools (Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya is a residential girls’ secondary school run by Government for the weaker sections of society) in Medak district of Telangana. The approach would be as follows: a) providing complete information on menstruation, menstrual hygiene, equipping girls with the self-confidence and transforming their mindset; b) creating core groups of adolescent girls and building their capacity to get actively engaged in designing, delivering, and monitoring of MHM interventions. These change makers will take forward the propagation of MHM messages within their school and community environments. Part 2: Retrofitting toilets and improving hygiene seeking behaviour: The existing toilets would be equipped with adequate water, sanitation and hygiene facilities to enable girls to maintain good personal hygiene. The schools would be supported with hygiene kits and appropriate disposal/treatment technologies. The project will complement the implementation of the Balika Arogya Raksha programme of Telangana government by increasing the capacities of department functionaries. The project envisions that the girls overcome menstruation-related restrictions through increased awareness and knowledge on safe hygiene practices to manage their menstruation with dignity. The project’s success will be measured in terms of reduced absenteeism and dropout rates among adolescent girls. About the Organization: WaterAid is an international not-for-profit, determined to make clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene, normal for everyone, everywhere. Since 1986, WaterAid India has successfully implemented water, sanitation, and hygiene projects, extending benefits to some of the poorest and most vulnerable communities WaterAid India is registered as Jal Seva Charitable Foundation (JSCF) WaterAid has been operating in India for the past 30 years. Over the years, WaterAid India has carved a niche in facilitating linkages between the voices of the poor and marginalised and various stakeholders. While historically, we focused on direct delivery of services, in recent years the focus has been on empowering and enabling the communities so that they can take ownership and continue the work so as to ensure sustainability. We have a goal to “Make WASH poverty a history”. We believe that water, sanitation and hygiene underpin health, education and livelihoods. So we engage in the areas with the greatest concentration of excluded and marginalised communities, make them central to local decision-making and revive and strengthen the local governance institutions. Vision & Mission: Our vision is a world where everyone everywhere has safe water, sanitation and hygiene Our mission is to transform the lives of the poorest and most marginalised people by improving access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene.   WaterAid  (Not For Profit) WAI-Delhi (Country Office) 2nd floor, New Block RK Khanna Tennis Stadium, DLTA Complex, 1, Africa Avenue, Safdarjung Enclave New Delhi 110029, Delhi, India Contact: 7838546439 Email: ankitadeshpande@wateraid.org Website: www.wateraidindia.in Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WaterAidIndia   Twitter: https://twitter.com/wateraidindia