City-based NGO to give free biodegradable pads
Trial run of sanitary pads will begin at Tadiwala Road slums. The officials of Karishmaa Foundation said that they will be distributing the pads on a trial basis at Tadiwala Road slum on June 9.
Pune: On the occasion of Menstrual Hygiene Day (MHD) which is celebrated on May 28 every year, the Karishmaa Foundation launched an initiative of distributing biodegradable sanitary pads to women and girls hailing from lower economy sections of the city and rural areas for free. The city-based NGO and public charitable trust announced this initiative on Monday.
The NGO officials said that they will be distributing the pads on a trial basis at Tadiwala Road slum on June 9.
Neelam Tuteja, Founder of the NGO said, “I am travelling to the remote areas of Maharashtra for past three years and I have noticed that girls remain absent in schools during their menstrual cycle and the same affect their academic growth. So we have engaged women from rural areas to manufacture these sanitary pads and we will be extending financial support to them.”
She added that these pads are made of wood pulp sheet and other bio-friendly material. The officials of the NGO claimed that these pads are not for sale but are being distributed to girls in order to support them. NGO would also provide a kit containing school books, shoes, socks to girls from rural parts of the state.