Apshana Khatun was just three months old in her mother’s womb when the sole breadwinner of the family, her father, passed away. To support them, her mother started a vegetable shop. However, due to her illiteracy, the business collapsed and Apshana had to drop out of school
With the help of NFCC’s program RUPANTARAN, Apshana learnt how to start a business with a small capital and sustain it. She re opened the vegetable shop and generated so much revenue that she was able to continue with school and also support her mother and herself. She also taught calculations to her mother.
Mr. Shiva Puri, health facility in charge of Thulosirubari VDC, Sindhupalchowk has worked in the health sector for the past 20 years. He was trained on the MHM package by NFCC/SEBAC Nepal during the RC level orientation program in 2017. Currently he is a facilitator for MHM at the schools of Thulosirubari VDC to run the session with school teachers for adolescent girls.
He found that girls had to miss school during menstruation due to lack of menstrual hygiene management. After being oriented on MHM, there was a remarkable change in the way he perceives MHM. After a lot of hard work and coordination, Rupees 75,000 has been allocated for development of women and children. This amount was also used to purchase sanitary pads for girls in case of emergency. In coordination with the ward office and women's group of VDC, pads have already been purchased for Rs. 75000/- and handed over to the three schools such as Seti Devi Secondary School, Kundala Devi S.S and Daduwa Bhawanishankar S.S. at Thulosirubari VDCApart from this, one of the female focal person and a Child Club member has been appointed in each school, responsible for proper management, proper management and distribution of pads as and when required which will further help support and promote MHM in the mainstream of social strata.
Ms. Sumina Dhakal, grade 9 student of Sikshya Sadan School, Banepa was a participant of MHM Session conducted in her school. She took part in MHM session when she was in grade 8. As every other girl, she was scared when she had her first menstruation.
However, attending the MHM sessions of NFCC, her mind was at ease. She learned how to dispose pads properly and be hygienic during menstruation. Due to those sessions, she was also able to break free of the restrictions followed during menstruation. She is very thankful to NFCC.
Ms. Kushum KC, a teacher of from Chitre Secondary School, was trained for MHM package by NFCC in 2017. After being trained on the MHM package, Ms. Kushum conducted sessions for adolescent girls of Grade 6 to 9 in her school
She shared that she felt extremely happy to start the initiative of talking about menstruation openly to students and teaching them about its process. Facing many restrictions herself, she shared that she felt dirty and that she should have been born a male child.
However, her perspective towards menstruation changed after learning the MHM package. Being a teacher herself she is able to question the reason of not touching a male member during menstruation and staying away from kitchen and her own house both to herself and her family members. The package has broadened her perspective about menstruation and various restrictions followed during the period.