This Diwali light up their lives

As India celebrates its biggest festival and worships the Devi Lakshmi to bring prosperity into their homes and Bengal in its unique way teams it up with the invocation of “ Ma Kali”, this is an appeal to add a sparkle in the lives of those “young goddesses” in our midst who still struggle for their basic dignity of life.

While statistics say the women literacy of Bengal is higher than the national average at 60.2%, the working women ratio languishes at a paltry 18% (against national average of 25%). This is mainly due to the high drop out during schooling years, primarily due to hygiene and safety concerns. Lack of changing facilities, privacy and knowledge regarding maintenance of hygiene during this period are the principal reasons of absenteeism.

United Way Kolkata has been working for last few years on providing these basic necessities to the “girl child” to provide her with basic amenities that support her to overcome her day to day challenges. Last few years activity and survey on status and perception on this natural phenomenon and its management revealed that presence of changing room with basic minimum facilities and privacy encouraged the adolescent girls in attending school during their menstruating period and they are using schools regularly. We also observed that confidence of adolescent school going girls and their parents is also increasing on getting menstruation hygiene management complied changing room in their respective schools under intervention of United Ways and our partnering NGOs

We continue in our endeavour to make a difference to the lives of those less fortunate that us and make this appeal for your support and contribution. Help them to help themselves and find the Goddess within.

We have undertaken the following work and seek your support to meet the budget of INR 3 Lacs.

School Name Address Students Project Undertaken
Halisahar Annapurna Balika Vidyalaya Halisahar Shibergoli, Halisahar, North 24 Parganas, Pin – 743134 1556 – girl students Repair & renovation of urinals & toilets, Change room with incinerator, Hand washing and drinking water platform (Child friendly concept), Filter – 1, Plumbing work, painting, electric work. Counselling on health education and coordinator for maintenance and support