To help young girls navigate puberty, the Centre for Catalyzing Change (C3) has introduced a first-of-its-kind resource – ‘Navya Kits’. Under the initiative, which is supported by Open Text, more than 1,000 adolescent girls ( between the ages of 11-13) have been equipped with life skills, digital and financial literacy along with information on menstrual health and hygiene.
What are Navya Kits?
Navya Kits are a collection of products and information. The kit has all the things required to help young girls understand and manage their periods. Not only this, but it also helps dispel myths and taboos surrounding menstruation. These Navya Kits can be a cornerstone for adolescent menstrual hygiene.
What do Navya Kits contain?
Navya Kits contain six reusable pads. According to C3, these reusable pads can last up to 2 years. The kit also contains a hot water bottle for menstrual pain management. Then there is a diary with interactive information on menstrual hygiene and taboos and a detergent bottle that will help them wash and re-use their pads.
Under this initiative, C3 has been working in five schools in the Pataudi district, Haryana. In order to ensure the safe disposal of sanitary napkins, C3 has also begun setting up incinerators in these schools.
Emphasising on the importance of educating young girls about menstrual hygiene, Vandana Nair, Lead, Adolescent and Young People Program at C3, said “Menstruation is a natural bodily process that they will likely experience for several decades. By providing them with accurate information and resources, we can help them understand and manage their menstrual cycle and dispel any myths or taboos surrounding menstruation.”
Dr Tanaya Narendra, popularly known as Dr Cuterus, said the initiative by the Centre for Catalyzing Change (C3) is absolutely unique and important for all adolescent girls between the ages of 11-13.
Pushpanjali Saikia, CSR Lead India from Micro Focus now Open Text, reasserted the need to provide girls with all the necessary information to help them achieve both better health and future success.