Dignity Packs for Women
Vulnerable girls and women, among the populations affected by the passage of cyclones Batsirai and Emnati in the great South-East of Madagascar, are supported in the management of menstrual hygiene.
- Distribute Days for Girls Basic Kits for 1,000 girls and women in 3 districts of the Vatovavy and Fitovinany region. These kits are washable and reusable.
- Support vulnerable women in the region to properly manage menstrual hygiene through a community-based awareness campaign
Background to Medair’s Cyclone Batsirai and Emnati responses and WASH (Water, Sanitation, Hygiene) responses
Medair has been present in the Vatovavy region since the first week following the passage of Cyclone Batsirai and has intervened in the WASH field in particular, the distribution of drinking water, the distribution of WASH kits, the disinfection and rehabilitation of wells, the rehabilitation and construction of latrines and especially mass and local sensitizations.
Medair is currently conducting an emergency WASH project, in partnership with UNICEF, that is taking place over an 11-month period starting in February 2022 and ending in December 2022 in the Vatovavy region, specifically in the Mananjary and Nosy-Varika districts comprising 11 intervention communes.
Intervention in Menstruation Management
The in-depth WASH assessments carried out in the Vatovavy region after the passage of cyclones Batsirai and Emnati, have led the humanitarian coordination to note a gap in terms of intervention that aims to strengthen the dignity of women, particularly on the management of menstruation.
Girls and women in the most vulnerable families find it difficult to live with dignity during menstruation because the priority of households is oriented towards the minimum necessary needs, in particular, nutrition and housing. In March of this year, Medair, through its staff and volunteers, actively participated in the celebration of World Women’s Day and contributed to a mass awareness session on water, hygiene and sanitation. These challenges for girls and women on menstruation management were once again mentioned among the specific needs and conditions without which women in the community cannot fully thrive.
Through the donation of reusable sanitary pads made by the Days for Girls Enterprise in Toliara, Madagascar, at least 1,000 girls and women will be able to manage their menstrual hygiene with dignity. Days for Girls’ Menstrual Hygiene Kits are designed to last up to 3 years, with careful washing. The Days for Girls Social Entrepreneurship program is a global network of community-based businesses that produce and distribute the patented Days for Girls Kits. The Episcopal Diocese of Toliara has set up a Days for Girls Enterprise in Toliara in their Women’s Centre. The Centre houses sewing machines and other necessary equipment and has trained many women to make these patented reusable sanitary kits. The project leader educates women and girls about menstruation health and hygiene. The Basic Kit costs USD5 each. Please read here for further information https://www.daysforgirls.org/our-mission/
School girls will also benefit from the support of local awareness programs in 10 schools. 3 Districts of the great South-East of the Island, including Mananjary and Nosy Varika, Vatovavy Region, and Ikongo, Fitovinany Region will benefit from these donations.
- Support 1,000 girls and women in 3 districts of the Vatovavy and Fitovinany region to live with dignity during menstruation by distributing WASH dignity kits
- Support vulnerable women in the region to properly manage menstrual hygiene through a local awareness campaign
Components and objectives
Distribution of 1,000 Basic days for Girls Kits
Distribute 1,000 kits – as listed below:
- 4 liners
- 2 shields
- 1 carry pouch
- 1 pair of panties
- 1 bar of soap
- 1 cloth bag
Distribution sheet, photos
Organize a local and mass awareness campaign on menstrual hygiene
- Outreach to 1,000 women in 3 districts
- Raising awareness via focus group for girls in 10 schools
Awareness sheets, photos
1000 Days for Girls Basic Kits at 6 USD each = 6,000 USD
At an exchange rate of 1 USD = Rs45 the cost per pack will be R270. 1000 packs = Rs270,000
Please Note: All the information contained in this document, in part or in full, is that of the said NGO and not of the I61 Foundation. 100% of the funds collected will be allocated to the project. If you have any questions, we will be happy to answer them. Thank you for your consideration.