SRINAGAR — As the lockdown in the wake of COVID-19 continues, apart from essential commodities, medicines and oxygen, some volunteers in Kashmir are home-delivering sanitary napkins under the name ‘Dignity Kits’ to females across the valley.
Several volunteers and non-government organizations (NGOs) are home-delivering the essential ‘Dignity Kits’ to females of different age groups stuck at their homes and hospitals amid the ongoing pandemic.
Some valley-based NGOs and volunteers said that there is no denial in saying that females face challenges in availing ‘Dignity Kits’ amid the lockdown since they are not able to visit the markets and also due to shortage of money in the present situation.
Irfana Zargar, also known as Kashmir’s pad-woman, said that she is receiving frequent requests from women across the valley for sanitary pads.
“I have donated nearly 10,000 such kits to women and girls who face challenges in availing them amid the ongoing lockdown,” Zargar said.
Bashir Nadwi of Athrout, a reputed NGO in Srinagar, said that they have renamed the kit as ‘Dignity Kits’ and made them available to be delivered to those in need.
“Anyone approaching us is facilitated. These requests are mostly received from people living in remote places. A huge quantity of such kits was donated last year since this is a very important thing,” he said.
Umer Wani of We The Helping Hands Foundation said his NGO receives phone calls on a regular basis and all those in need are facilitated at doorsteps well on time.
He said that in Kashmir, people wholeheartedly donate for such causes and there would be possibly no one facing difficulties as besides NGOs, independent volunteers also reach out to people in need.
Azhar Peer, a volunteer from Kupwara, said that women in remote areas face immense difficulties in availing the sanitary items with very few resources and options available to them.
He said his group of volunteers will donate nearly 2,000 packets in areas like Keran, Jumagand and others in the coming days and verify whether there is more demand.
“As of now, at least 200 identified marginalized families will be facilitated,” he said. (KNO)