Assam power minister Topon Kumar Gogoi launched ONGC’s CSR Project “Sakhi – a ray of hope” at Yuva Dol, Sivasagar, on Wednesday. The project is fully funded by ONGC under CSR and aimed to foster better and scientific menstrual hygiene management for girl students. Sakhi– the project is a Swachh Bharat Initiative.
The Project is being implemented by Sivasagar District Administration, UNICEF and ONGC.
The project in its first phase is launched across 13 Government Girls High Schools of Sivasagar Dist., Sivasagar Girls College and 4 Co-ed Institutions, directly benefitting about 7000 girl students.
Under the project, Sanitary Napkin Vending Machines and Incinerators to dispose used napkins in a hygienic manner are being installed in these institutions. As part of the launch, Executive Director, ONGC S D Maske inaugurated the Sanitary Napkin Vending Machine at Sivasagar Girls College.
The project would also ensure formation of WASH Groups in all these schools and college with a nodal teacher for managing the vending machines and disseminate good habits of safe and hygienic disposal practices, removal of taboo and other sanitation issues.
Executive Director, ONGC S D Maske stated that ONGC had initiated the Sakhi Project with Sivasagar Dist. Administration as female health is at the core of a family’s health and well-being.
Jorhat MP, Kamakhya Prasad Tasa, Sivasagar DC, Pallav Gopal Jha, CFO, UNICEF, Tushar Rane were among other dignitaries present in the launching of Sakhi.