An aware, healthy and sustainably menstruating population.
#MenstruationMatters to everyone everywhere!
Building knowledge on Menstruation and Menstrual Hygiene Management, offering accessible and affordable solutions / products for healthier and sustainable hygiene management, augmenting programming / consulting / educational services for menstrual health empowerment.
Why are we called Boondh?
Boondh in Hindi / Sanskrit translates to a ‘droplet’. It is normally associated with water, the elixir of life. Calling our initiative ‘Boondh’ is a symbolic attempt at destigmatizing menstrual blood and its associations to make it as essential and normal a conversation as water itself!
Period and body positivity, environmental and economical sustainability, inclusive across socio-economic, disabled and trans populations, honoring and respecting the choice of every unique menstruator. In congruences with the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals we work and aspire to expand our work with respect to Goals 3, 4, 5, 8 and 12.
Why & How we work?
There are innumerable programs / institutions and systems that work around sexual and reproductive health, however the focus on menstrual health mostly seems to penetrate through systems and institutions through the perspective of sexual and reproductive health. That menstrual health needs to stand alone, and serve as the fulcrum to connect with work related to sexual and reproductive health is rare. According to a Dasra Report relevantly titled ‘Spot on’,
- 70% mothers consider menstruation dirty, perpetuating a culture of shame and ignorance.
- 88% of menstruating women use home grown alternatives like old fabric, rags, sand, ash, wood shavings, newspapers, dried leaves, hay and plastics, etc.
- 63 millions girls live in homes without toilet facilities.
- Girls are absent for typically 20% of the school year on account of menstruation.
- 70% increase in incidence of reproductive tract infections on account of poor Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM).
At Boondh, we believe in working towards the aforementioned issues as a social enterprise that is majorly focussed on impact, creating positive public health and gender outcomes. We do so by working with and through mutliple stakeholders across the spectrum in order to reach out to menstruators' across the country.
Bharti is a development sector professional, an engineer and a social sciences graduate from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences. She has experience working in the themes of gender and public health even also in the context of disasters.
Sonal works in environment sustainability and personal development. Her previous work includes executive assistance to the CEO of a global pharma company, project management in education and, youth empowerment and social impact programs with World Merit. Her formal education has been in Media & Communication at Symbiosis International and Liberal Arts at Young India Fellowship.