04 Mar Give It A Cloth! Empowering Village Women.
Self-reliance is the only road to true freedom, and being one’s own person is its ultimate reward.
The Not Just a Piece of Cloth Project was initiated to make inexpensive and ecofriendly sanitary napkins easily available. The project itself is a worthy example of empowering local village women by giving them healthier and more affordable options. Thanks to some of our staff and student volunteers, last Saturday’s fund raising sale at St Paul’s Church, Landour, has added a much needed impetus to the project, making it not only feasible but sustainable as well. Mrs Sanjaya Mark, Director of Community Engagement at Woodstock School speaks about it in more detail.
“DOST (Development and Outreach Student Team) at Woodstock, is extremely grateful for the response received at the recent fund raising event for it’s Not Just a Piece of Cloth Project.
The event was a Sale of clothes and other household items which were donated by students and staff members at Woodstock at the end of last semester, just before they packed off for the winter break. Last week, many students and staff members volunteered to sort through the mountains of items and get them organized for the sale and then helped to sell these on Saturday, 28th February on the grounds of St. Paul’s Church, Landour.
The sale also provided the local community with an opportunity to buy good quality (and fashionable) clothing at relatively cheaper prices. And it earned Rs. 50,045! With this money the DOST group will purchase a washing machine, a drier, an iron and an ironing board – all the equipment needed for the manufacturing of ecofriendly and cheap sanitary napkins! A suitable space in the school has been offered to DOST by Principal Long and this will be available within a month. By then DOST would ready to start its small manufacturing unit and thereby also improve the quality of life for women at Dunda, Nikurchi, and Kaplani.