Humans For Humanity’s WASH project (Women Sanitation Hygiene) launched in Maharashtra



Humans For Humanity is an NGO headquartered in Delhi (https://humansforhumanity.in), which was founded in 2014 by Anurag Chauhan; who began his journey of serving society and doing social work from Dehradun, at the young age of 16 years. Jalpa Hargovind Vithalani has been appointed as State Director of the NGO & has commenced the WASH initiative in Nasik in Maharashtra.

Humans For Humanity is a group of concerned citizens who have come together to shelter the unsheltered, educate the underprivileged, medicate the diseased and humanise the inhumane.

Currently, Humans for Humanity is evolving social work by engaging not only the youth of Delhi, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh but also people of different professions to work towards regaining the lost sheen of society. The organization hosts interns from 17 countries (Spain, Brazil, China, Japan, Indonesia, Egypt, Argentina, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Australia, Bahrain, Afghanistan, Columbia, Italy, among others) working and researching on various issues of the slums in India. Other than WASH project, the organization also works on the following projects -

✔ Street Smart
✔ Each One Teach One
✔ Clean India Campaign
✔ Promotion of Indian Culture and Heritage

 

About WASH project -
Menstruation comes with innumerable taboos in India, despite of preventing thousands of deaths women are victim of the taboos. A women cannot sleep on the bed, she cannot sleep inside the house hence forced to sleep outside the house or in the animal shelter, she cannot work in the kitchen and not even touch few articles because they get impure and some people even treat them as untouchable. In this era it is shocking but the fact is it is practiced in various parts of the country!

HFH provides free sanitary napkins to women, the napkins are either handmade of cotton or prepared by supporting NGO’s in India. The Organisation also provide workshops by doctors and nutritionists who explain to the women and girls the reason why menstruation takes place, hormonal changes, biological factors to make them aware of the facts.

Many people in rural parts of India consider menstruation a dirty process, some think of it as a disease, all of this happens due to lack of awareness and age old taboos. The volunteers of the organization then provide a training program under which these women from slums, villages, govt. schools & colleges are taught how to make their own napkin rather than using ashes, sand, leaves, jute bags, dirty cloth, etc.

“We are excited to carry this work forward in Maharashtra. The first series of workshops was in Nasik and was dedicated to my Aunt Damyanti Dhirubhai Vithalani, who has been a Mother figure to me. We lost her less than a fortnight ago and went to Nasik for the rituals. I thought there is no better time than now to launch this initiative and that too in her memory. She was a compassionate lady and would be so happy to reach out and help other women.” says Jalpa Hargovind Vithalani, State Director of Maharashtra, Humans for Humanity (NGO).

“The first project was done at Priyanka Technical Institute with fantastic support of their Director Indira Ahire and Principals Pallavi Sakhare and Samiksha Pange. It was wonderful to interact and teach all Anganwadi workers and District Heads at this Institute who will pass this message to adolescent girls. We also worked with Child Development Project Office Nashik which is under women's and child development department. It was wonderful to interact and teach all Anganwadi workers of Devlali village (Gulabwadi) especially as they will further translate this sharing to women in their regions. I was happy to meet the supervisor of this sector Vidhya Gaikwad. What touched me is over 200 women from different backgrounds, diverse communities, various sects, different age groups, different villages came together as one; with an enthusiasm to focus on their own health and wellbeing and to support each other. I got greeted warmly in so many diverse cultural ways. There were no barriers and they were so happy someone has come to educate them about this.” says Jalpa

The response was overwhelming. Many women from the slums said that someone has visited them for the first time and they were thrilled to be educated and receive the pads.

Six workshops were conducted by Jalpa Vithalani reaching out to over 600 women & girls in just 2 days, visiting various slums, local institutes & addressing Aangan wadi workers. The places which were visited for the workshops included Priyanka Technical Institute, Mahalaxmi Nagar slum, Mhasrul, Nasik, Vad Nagar slum, Mhasrul, Nasik, Ambedkar Nagar slum, Mhasrul, Nashik, Gulabwadi, Ramabai  Ambedkar Nagar, Nashik Road, Nashik and Vidikamgar.

Dates – Thu, Sep 27, 18 | Fri, Sep 28, 18

 

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