How does the program work?
Our volunteers teach in the government schools following a uniform structure across all the government schools with minimal help from the organization.The progress and issues will be addressed through regular monitoring by the coordinators.
How is it going to help the teachers, the school and personally empower the students?
The volunteers bring in innovative learning techniques, helping the teachers in academics so that teachers can dedicate some time to the overall infrastructure development of school. Our volunteers come from diverse backgrounds and students get an opportunity to interact and learn from them. The volunteers act as role models and all the life skills sessions will boost their confidence.
How does it mobilize and uplift the community?
The entire process helps in sustaining children’s interest in education which in the long run will benefit the community in making them self sufficient.
Menstrual Health and Hygiene Management
One of the least talked about issues during the COVID-19 pandemic, is the increased vulnerability around menstrual hygiene, not just in India but the world over. Limited production and irregular supply have affected availability of menstrual hygiene products, and remote areas have been worst hit.
Kargil, a border district in Ladakh is facing similar challenges right now. Families are not financially stable, and girls typically hesitate in asking for/ buying sanitary napkins. This automatically deprioritizes the purchase of sanitary napkins, and girls become more vulnerable to poor hygiene and infections. Menstrual hygiene has always been a challenge here – there is little/ no awareness on available products & options and hygiene practices, girls don’t attend school during their periods or completely drop out, rural healthcare is under-staffed and under-equipped, and minor infections remain untreated and potentially lead to life-long conditions/ life-threatening diseases. The pandemic makes all of this multiple times worse.
What are we doing about?
WAVE joined hands with a few local NGos and social enterprises like KASCO and Roots Ladakh to improve this situation, and help ensure safe menstrual hygiene for girls in Kargil Ladakh.
Till now we have conducted 25 workshops in the remote and far flung villages of Kargil and have distributed re-usable Cloth pads to 800 young girls, teachers and anganwadi workers.