Raunak Singh Takes the Fight to End Period Poverty in Odisha
India, being a developing country, is facing many problems such as poverty, unemployment, inflation, etc. but there are many other problems which are not even talked about in our society because of the social stigma attached to them. Period poverty is one of them and what makes it more harmful and concerning than others is the fact that it affects the health and development of females in a negative way. Period poverty is a term which signifies the lack of education and awareness, menstrual products, proper sanitation and hygiene facilities.
As per a data, around 71 percent of Indian girls are not even aware of the term menstruation until they experience their first period and this lack of education and proper knowledge results in one out of five females dropping out from school after their first period.What is really shocking is the fact that more than 40 percent girls are not able to attend school during their menstrual cycle because they don't have access to menstrual tools.
The situation is more concerning in the poor states such as Odisha where many families are not even in a position to feed themselves with proper meals. The situation got further degraded due to the COVID-19 pandemic because many people lost their jobs in that duration and expecting them to purchase menstrual products is really too much when they don't have money to buy groceries.
Raunak Singh, the young humanitarian who is the founder of NGO Sikh Aid has now decided to bring an end to period poverty in Odisha. Raunak who is basically from Cuttack has strongly stood with the people of Odisha and helped them in whatever problems have been faced by them till date. Raunak and his NGO Sikh Aid which has been founded on the Sikh principles of "NaamJapo, KiratKaro, VandhChakho" has been pretty active in Odisha along with other states and have taken up many initiatives such as providing free food to poor, free education to kids from poor families especially from rural areas, providing house and other facilities to the oldies who have been abandoned by their families, helping the victims of natural calamities by providing them with food and shelter and also rebuilding their houses, and a lot more.
Though Raunak Singh has now taken the big decision of starting a campaign to get rid of period poverty in Odisha, earlier also his organization did a lot of work to help the females of Odisha in maintaining menstruation hygiene management. The volunteers of Sikh Aid have made many efforts to increase awareness among the people of Odisha especially women regarding MHM and they regularly distribute sanitary pads free of cost particularly in the rural areas.
In the new campaign, Raunak Singh and his team will work simultaneously on various aspects such as increasing awareness and imparting education regarding menstruation, making menstrual products available to females, arranging for proper sanitation facilities which is necessary for maintaining MHM, providing proper medical facilities to those who are facing problems because of not being able to manage MHM, etc.
Raunak Singh has always been passionate about helping others and what makes him stand apart from all others of his age is that he keeps the welfare of others way above than his own interest and at such a young age, he has found an organization which is operating worldwide and transforming the lives of many.