We started the project because we realized that school girls in rural villages lacked menstrual support, with actual sanitary napkins to use during menstruation and lack of education about menstruation. Without access to hygiene products, girls can miss up to 50 days of school per year, causing them to fall behind in class and be ill-prepared for exams that would have given them a chance to receive an education. Other barriers to education include the dis empowerment that comes from menstruation. Inconvenience and taboos, social marginalization and low self-esteem result because of the lack of awareness around menstrual health. After missing large amounts of school, girls are rarely eligible for scholarships and are often unable to attend secondary schools.
Access to education can significantly change the course of a girl’s life. It is estimated that when a girl receives seven or more years of education, she marries four years later and has 2.2 fewer children, giving her the opportunity to reach her full potential.
School Girls Menstrual Hygiene Volunteer program will run in Shailyashikhar & Mahakali municipality Darchula, State -7, Nepal. All these School Girls from poor family backgrounds and face low or no education level. Volunteers can make a big difference in these Girl’s lives by sharing love and warmth with these Girls. Rather than Sleeping in “Chaupadi Ghar” or Staying home for 4 days, these girls will comfortably be able to stay in school during their period. By keeping a young girl in school, we help lift her and her family out of poverty and break them out of the cycle of poverty for generations to come. These are young Girls from disadvantaged backgrounds who are in utmost need of support. The goal of this Project is to keep girls from missing school due to their periods.
Participants who choose to work for Menstrual Hygiene volunteer program in Nepal need to be highly determined and understanding. They would be required to adjust with the situations and share the knowledge they have with these Girls. Volunteering for Menstrual Hygiene in Nepal is of great importance as it can bring about a paradigm change in this gender section. Volunteers interested in the cause of upliftment of the Girls and making a difference in their lives would find this project fulfilling and rewarding.
Volunteer Roles & Responsibilities
Volunteers working for Girls Menstrual Hygiene in Nepal will be expected to fulfill the following tasks on a daily basis;
- Working with girls in the age group of 12-20 years and conduct Menstrual Hygiene classes for them so that they can attain classes on their periods.
- Provide counseling and monitoring.
- Counseling in different filed like sexual hygiene, sexual harassment.
- Provide guidance for a nutritional and wholesome diet.
- Assist the local staff in organizing adult literacy classes for Girls.
- Help and give Basic computer training to these Girls in the organization.
Volunteer Work Schedule
Volunteers joining the School Girls Menstrual Hygiene in Nepal are required to follow a basic routine on a daily basis. This covers everything from meals to volunteer work and back. It must be noted that every placement function at a different pace and on separate timelines making the schedule slightly differ at times. A generic daily schedule for volunteers is as follows;
Monday: Orientation session will be conducted by the T4DNepal coordinator, covering topic areas; such as safety, culture, language, places to visit, behavior, food, and other suggestion over things to do in site.
- Flight Ktm-Dhn(2hrs)/(via bus 15hrs)
- Travel via bus Dhangadhi-Darchula (10hrs)
Tue to Fri: Volunteer work
Breakfast – 08:30 am on wards
Working hours at the placement – 11:00 am (volunteers leave the accommodation by 09:30 am) to 03:00 pm
Lunch – anywhere between 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Dinner – 07:00 pm on wards
The same volunteer work schedule continues from the second week onward
Weekends: Free to explore the villages (No meal is provided on Sunday, as volunteers are encouraged to try the local cuisines.)
Note: Please note, the schedule may vary depending on the particular project site the volunteer is participating on.
When you choose to volunteer in Shailyashikhar & Mahakali municipality Darchula, State -7, Nepal, we make sure that your altruistic journey is comfortable and enjoyable. As a volunteer, you will not have to worry about the airport pick up, your accommodation or your stay. Besides these, your dining, local travel is also taken care of by us.
Volunteers are picked up from the Tribhuvan International Airport by a member of the T4DNepal coordinating team in Kathmandu. Pickup will be provided between 6:30 am – 10 pm on the program start date. Participants already in the country or arriving early can also be picked up from a designated meeting point decided beforehand as well.
While volunteering in Shailyashikhar & Mahakali municipality Darchula, State -7, Nepal. Homes for the volunteer are equipped with Wi-Fi internet, filtered drinking water, television, toilets, and comfortable beds. The homes are near to useful amenities like banks, ATMs, currency exchanges, restaurants, cafes and shopping arcades. All placements are around 30 – 40 minutes from the homes and volunteers travel to the placements every day and come back home in the evenings.
A half day orientation will be provided by our staff on the next day after your arrival. We cover areas like culture, greetings, locations, transportation etc. Start your volunteering experience by taking the Language & Culture Orientation Program in Kathmandu.
Organic Nepali food is famous around the world for its diverse flavors, colors, and aroma. While staying at the homes, you would be provided with freshly cooked breakfast and dinner, we have cooks at the home who prepare meals for the volunteers. A sample of the meals you can expect is mentioned below.
Breakfast – Parantha, Bread, Adrakh Alaichi Masala Tea, Pakoda, Puri Tarkari etc.
Dinner – Dal (lentils), vegetable, rice, roti (Nepali bread), pickle, yogurt may be provided along with some sort of curry.
For lunch volunteers usually eat somewhere close to their placement at a local restaurant, our coordinators would show you around at the time of orientation. This also gives you a chance to eat a variety of food that Nepal has to offer. You would be able to have a comfortable lunch for around $2-$3.
During Your Free Time
During the free time, volunteers can visit the local markets, Temples and the different local inn in Project site and try out the different Nepali cuisines & culture. During weekends volunteers visit tourist places like Api Himal,Chameliya Hydro power & Other holistic places. Our local coordinator can help you to explore Natural beauty of Darchula or to neighboring districts like Baitadi.