Urmul Seemant Samiti, Bajju has been working with adolescent girls on menstrual hygiene management and sanitary napkin preparation, usage and disposal. With support from Plan International, the team has conducted several training and awareness programs for leaders of adolescent girl groups from different villages of the project area. Through these training and awareness programs, the girls were constantly oriented on menstrual hygiene management and developed their understanding on menstrual cycle and how they can make sanitary napkins at home with localized material.
They in turn shared the awareness to their peers and group members and on how to avail benefit of free distribution of napkins through government. Previously adult female members of their family were using cloths or sand filled Terry Cotton cloths during menstrual period but after orientation by group members, they started using sanitary napkins. But due to poverty and the high cost of sanitary napkins all adult females were not getting sanitary napkins easily. As a step forward, for behavioral change of adult female members of their families and easy availability of sanitary napkin, Saraswati Vandna Kishori Prerna Manch (An Adolescent Girl Group) of Shambhu Ka Burj village demanded for setting up a sanitary napkin making unit at village. This unit was set up under the programme in 2019 where today girls are making sanitary napkins for personal usage as well as for sale. The girls were honored and encouraged for their efforts by the Zila Parishad on Republic day.