According to reports, as many as 25% of girls drop out of school after attaining puberty due to lack of menstrual knowledge, poor access to sanitary products and the stigma associated with it. This can be reduced through the provision of hygiene kits, sanitary pads & education on hygiene practices.
30 students in Grade 11 at the Oakridge International School, Gachibowli, Hyderabad decided to raise funds to provide girls with hygiene kits in government schools across Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. This is being done through a unique crowdfunding initiative on Fueladream.com.
The cost of supplying a kit that includes a year’s supply of Sanitary Pads, Hand-wash, Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Comb, Undergarments, Carry Bag & Nail Cutter, etc,. to one girl is just INR 1100. These will be distributed by the NGO Habitat for Humanity, India through their “Stay At School” initiative.
The hygiene kit is shown below.
The pic above shows a kit that contains 120 sanitary pads, 2 sets of undergarments, 2 sets of hand-wash, 3 sets of toothpaste, 2 sets of a toothbrush, 1 comb, 2 sets of tissues, a nail cutter, and a bag. Girls will also be taught about hygiene and best practices.
Each of the 30 students had a goal of INR 22000 that would impact 20 girls. They had a collective goal of INR 6.6L which was to be achieved in 14 days.. Students are taught crowdfunding as a life skill by the team at Fueladream and this makes a big difference to their ability to make an impact.
In just 5 days of the campaign going live, these change agents have raised a massive INR 11L+, this will benefit over 1000 girls.
The top 4 student fundraisers – VAHATI VEMULAPALLI, MANOJ RISHIE, KHUSHI AGARWAL and SHREYAS KUCHIBHOTLA have already raised INR 1.10L, INR 84.5K, INR81.1K and INR76.5K respectively.
Students are taught crowdfunding by the team at Fueladream.com and they learn how to marry storytelling, technology, social media and consumer behaviour to reach out to potential funders and make a massive social impact. These lessons learned at a young age have the ability to transform these students and make them true change-makers.
To learn more about the campaign & support these students visit this link: https://www.fueladream.com/home/oakridge-international-hfhi-stay-at-school
The NGO will provide the students & funders with a report on how their funds were used. This will ensure transparency and accountability.