Tee Foundation, an Indian non-government organisation dedicated to tackling women’s issues, has launched India’s first ever digital bank for sanitary pads. The digital initiative was launched on May 28, 2017 to coincide with World Menstruation Hygiene Day. This is just the latest in a string of efforts by Tee Foundation’s founder, Dr. Bharati Lavekar, who is also the MLA of Versova, Mumbai’s upmarket neighbourhood.
“There are thousands of women who need effective menstrual products. Through this initiative, the needy women and girls can be helped and a difference can be made to their lives,” said Lavekar, adding that “the government is already providing them sanitary pads free of cost for 10 months which excludes two months of vacations. But if the rural schools register with us, we will provide pads for the two months which are excluded from government.”
Tee Foundation has received support from many Bollywood celebrities including Anushka Sharma. The launch was also attended by screen legend, Zeenat Aman and Amruta Fadnavis, wife of Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis.
— AMRUTA FADNAVIS (@fadnavis_amruta) May 30, 2017
Why Should You Donate
Despite the alarming facts and figures, menstruation remains a topic that is hesitantly approached by men and is often seen as a social taboo. We hope that you too will join the conversation. Tweet your support with the hashtag, #BleedProudly and let everyone know that it’s time we as a nation came together to break the taboo.
How You Can Donate
“Donors can donate either money or sanitary pads. A packet of 10 pads cost seven rupees. The foundation will make sure it reaches those in need. We also have to overcome the taboo of menstruation,” Lavekar said.
If you live in Mumbai and wish to donate sanitary pads, head over to New MHADA Colony, Near Lokhandwala Circle in Andheri West. If you’re looking to donate money, click here to directly visit the Donate page. Donations can be made via bank transfer or PayTM.