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‘Nirman’ in Hindi means ‘creating something new”. It is indeed the creation of something new and unique that drives us here at Nirman Foundation. The driving force behind any non profit organization is to change the world for a better. But we are not merely content with changing the world. We want to help shape and create a new one.

Whether through improving quality of life through better sanitation and hygiene practices, ensuring access to education and safe drinking water, or through raising awareness on social ills like child abuse, we at Nirman Foundation believe in creating a new world. A world filled with hope and possibilities, where empowerment and potential triumph over helplessness and despair.

Through our various activities and campaigns, we at Nirman Foundation believe in the power of change through communication, through empowerment and through collaboration. Come, be part of that journey with us.

 

Completion Report on Implementation of Menstrual Hygiene Management Program

Nirman Foundation with support from West Bengal Power Development Corporation Ltd. (STPS) implemented a programme on menstrual hygiene management (MHM) in schools in Para Block, Purulia District, West Bengal. The program reached out to 463 girls and 195 boys along with the teachers in the 4 intervention schools with education and training on menstrual health and hygiene, debunking myths and breaking the silence around menstruation. 135 Ritukalin Bandhobi Dolon Di – a comic book on MHM, 10 training kits for teachers and 1836 Packets of sanitary pads (each packet consisting of three pads) were provided in each school. The teachers’ training kit included a resource booklet on MHM by SPLASH, a comic book, a note pad and a pencil in a folder. The training sessions were conducted from 16th to19th July 2019. One incinerator and one sanitary pad vending machine were installed in each of the four schools. Three out of four schools have allocated a separate room for MHM purposes. The students and teachers engaged in conversations around period and expressed their want to share the newly learnt information around menstrual health with their peers and colleagues. It is not possible to change perspectives in a day. But... Read More

PINK CARNIVAL! ~ Menstrual Hygiene Day 2019

#MHDay2019  #ItsTimeForAction #NoMoreLimits On 28th May, 2019, in Dakshinapan, Kolkata saw a first of its kind open air, free for all carnival dedicated to menstrual health and hygiene. This Menstrual Hygiene Day, Pink Carnival organized by Nirman Foundation aimed to create a mini festival juxtaposed with bringing conversation on menstruation literally to the public; an attempt to normalize the dialogue around it. The aim was also to bring to the fore numerous initiatives that are taking place around the world. Pink Carnival came alive with an audience of approximately 200 people. The evening started with a street play by Dramatically Correct, a youth theatre group, who immediately drew the attention of the passersby, with their energetic, uninhibited performance that breaks all barriers and dares to speak of the unspoken. The street play began with a social experiment, where a performer roams helplessly with a stained skirt. The reactions perceived among the by standers ranged from disgust to genuine concern for the girl’s wellbeing. Only a few individuals came forward to speak for her when she was being charged for her “indecency” (as a part of the play).   Dramatically Correct’s treatment of social taboos, norms and restrictions in an informal, casual manner makes... Read More

Promotion of Menstrual Hygiene Management in 50 Schools of South 24 Parganas District, West Bengal with support from UNICEF

Menstruation is a universal reality in women’s lives; narratives around which continues to be silenced, unacknowledged, and stigmatized. Masik or period – an intimate, integral part of day to day being for women has been shaped into a phenomenon that metes out socio-cultural restrictions, shame and discomfort for many women around the world. The onset of menarche becomes a life changing event for adolescent girls. The significance of which touches all aspects of a human life; it dictates lived experiences of those young women, beyond just the days they bleed.  One of the crucial challenges faced by young women would be staying in school after menarche. Drop outs and absenteeism among girls in India have been attributed to experiences and social taboos around menstruation, as one of the major causal factors. From the time of menarche and through the early adolescent years, estimated 113 million adolescent girls in India are particularly vulnerable and are in need of a conducive environment that offers a safe space and positive guidance to ensure their basic health, well-being and educational opportunity. Therefore schools are increasingly assuming importance in this context. Looking into the importance associated with MHM issues the Govt. of West Bengal... Read More