Menstrual Health Project Nepal





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Project Description

Region: Asia

Country: Nepal

Location: Sunkoshi ,Golanzar

Total Budget: $49,447

Area of Focus: Water, sanitation and hygiene

Girls who are menstruating in Nepal experience unsanitary, unhygienic conditions that leave them open to infection and the indignity of being forced to use unclean rags, leaves, and other ineffective methods to manage menstrual blood flow every month. The are less likely to attend classes, undermining their prospects for completing their education, experts say. Girl students in rural Nepal age 12-18 often stay at home and miss school during menstruation because they cannot afford or do not have access to expensive disposable sanitary pads. As girls miss school regularly, they fall behind in their studies and often drop out. Some have embarrassing bleed-through accidents and/or contract infection. Too many suffer loss of dignity and self confidence.

"Many girls drop out at secondary level and only 30 percent of the cohorts reach the 10th grade," Sumon Kamal Tuladhar, an education specialist with the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF).The literacy rate for females stands at just 44.2 percent as opposed to 67.7 percent for males, according to Nepal's Ministry of Education.

In Nepal, according to the 2011 National Household Census, this percentage is slightly higher at 47.79 per cent2 of its national population. Most of these women and girls will menstruate regularly each month for between two - seven days. Menstruation is a natural part of the reproductive cycle. However, in many parts of the world and Nepal, it remains taboo, stigmatized, 'hidden' and rarely discussed. In worse case scenarios prevailing negative cultural practices that surround menstruation impact negatively on the lives, the health and safety of women and girls and reinforce gender inequalities and exclusion. As a result menstruation for many girls and women is not understood or managed effectively, which can have a negative effect on a girl's well-being including her school attendance and learning opportunities.

The objectives of the project are to:

1. Provide an integrated approach to addressing girls' needs for effective sanitary pads and sex education through distribution of effective, culturally sensitive, and reusable menstrual hygiene products. These 'kits' contain underwear, reusable sanitary pads, a washcloth, plastic zip bags, and a menstrual calendar all designed to last for up to three years.

2. Reduce the stigma and shame of menstruation through use of these products and age-and culturally appropriate reproductive health education for girls and capacity building among local health aides.

Project Activities

1.Sewing & Distribution of 5000 reusable sanitary pad kits

2.Menstrual Health Hygiene training & awareness at school level & community level

All the fund will be used for sewing & distribution of 5000 reusable sanitary pad kits plus training on menstrual health hygiene at school and community level

Club member will be involved in following aspects


2.Project implementation and management

3.Monitoring & Evaluation


Primary Host Partner

District: 3292

Rotary Club of: Dhulikhel

Primary Contact: Daya Laxmi Karmacharya

Email: karmacharyadaya2@gmail.com

Primary International Partner

District: 7620

Rotary Club of: Charlotte Hall

Primary Contact: Ila Shah

Email: ilavshah43@gmail.com

Project Status

This project has been "Dropped". Check the history log entries to see why it was dropped.

Project listed for the 2022-23 Rotary Year.

Proposed Financing

Existing Contributions Towards This Project





Dhulikhel (3292)





Charlotte Hall (7620)





Campo Mourão (4630)





District 1880 DDF





Remaining Amount to Raise

Additional Club Contribution (Needed) - Add a contribution




Amount Requested from The Rotary Foundation






Note: as of July 1, 2015 there is a 5% additional support fee for cash contributions. This fee does not appear in the financials above because it does not apply if the funds are sent directly to the project account (without going through TRF, and therefore without Paul Harris credit). Clubs sending their cash contribution to TRF must be aware they will have to send an additional 5%.

Project Supporting Documents

Project Proposal


Project Photos

History Log Entries


System Entry

System Entry: Creation of project page.


System Entry

System Entry: Pledge of $1 by Antonio Carlos Cardoso of the Rotary Club of Campo Mourão, District 4630.


System Entry

System Entry: Pledge of $2,000 DDF by Sabina of District 1880.


System Entry

System Entry: Project dropped per lack of response to the carry-over notification emails.

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