Project Period by Samairaa Atri
In January2020, on my 12th birthday, I decided to start Project Period. Project Period aims to promote a Healthy, Sustainable and Dignified menstruation to women from a low-income background. In order to have a better understanding, I have been in touch with few experts to kick start with project on the right note. This is when I came across ECO-FEMME, an organisation who have been producing and selling cloth pads and also providing menstrual health education. They have been also working for the same cause I aim for. Hence, I realised that we share a similar vision. Its been over 2 months now that I have been working with them. I used my birthday savings to initiate Project Period and distribute menstrual-care packages to women from a low-income background. Since COVID-19 has a serious financial impact on families with a low-income background, there are more chances of pads not being in their list of essentials. A lot of women and girls can’t afford proper menstrual products. Then i did a fund-raiser with KETTO.org in association with ECO-FEMME which allowed me to distribute more menstrual care packages containing four cloth pads, detergent and a soap in a reusable bag.
Founders and Mentors
Pritika Vij is a senior at The Shri Ram School, Moulsari who hopes to make a tangible change in her community. As a science student, she loves to use the concepts learnt inside the classroom to solve problems in the outside world. During the pandemic, she started SkillBridge- an organization that conducted a virtual summer mentorship programme to raise funds to aid a charity school’s transition to online learning. Throughout high school, she has been involved in a multitude of public speaking events including MUNs and Debates, at the international level. From organizing TEDx conferences to founding Girl Up TSRS, a gender-equality based initiative which aims to level the scales through education, advocacy and empowerment, she is always involved in something new and exciting. Pritika is also the Head Girl of her school. During her term, she prioritized well-being and mental health by conducting frequent check-ins with every class and organising a ‘Happiness Week’.