Menstrual Cups in Nepal: Chhaupadi

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Rato Baltin Project 2018

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The Problem:

During the last year, 5 young girls have died in a  Chhaupadi hut  in west Nepal because they were menstruating.

In West Nepal, the lack of safe sanitary options often results in health problems and school absenteeism. Menstruation is a topic touched by embarrassment, insecurity, and degrading traditions for women like Chhaupadi.

Chhaupadi is characterised by the banishment of women during menstruation from their usual residence, due to supposed ‘impurity’. It has been criticised for violating the basic human rights of women, and for associated physical and mental health impacts. Despite having been outlawed and criminalised, it continues to exist.

Photo © Moisara Thapa - Basti - One of our students

Our Solution:

The Rato Baltin Project run by the NGO be artsy is a Menstrual Health Management and sexual education program that aims to eradicate this practice. The Project is for girls, boys, women and their communities. We think that education is the only way to change these deeply held beliefs.

An important part of the Rato Baltin project is the distribution of a healthy and environmentally friendly solution: The Menstrual Cup.

Twice a year, we visit remote villages to distribute menstrual cups andconduct hygiene and sexual education training. We also revisit villages to check in on those who have already recieved training and a cup, see what has changed, and evaluate the results of the program.

We have already distributed more that 250 menstrual cups to school girls in remote villages. Each girl received a cup and training on how to use it. They are also given a metal bucket (Baltin) to have clean water and somewhere to boil the cup.

The Issue:

be artsy is seeking long term funding sustainability to ensure we can continue our work in these remote communities, as well as help more girls. 

Ruby Cup very generously donates cups to be distributed to girls in school, as a way of addressing absenteeism. However, not all girls in remote villages attend school. Some are married young and even have children, while others spend their days working in the fields. We want to be able to provide these girls and young women with menstrual cups and hygeine kits, alongside their sisters still in school.

Getting to these remote areas also involves significant logistic costs, as well as paying the salaries of the local Nepali nurses delivering the trainings. Without sustainable funding, we can't continue our work.

We had really good results in 2017. Girls are changing the chhaupadi tradition after our classes, and using the menstrual cup.

We are preparing in 2018 to provide another 325 girls and women with mentrual cups, and provide sexual and menstrual education in 5 more secondary schools.

How You Can Help:

The work we do is only possible thanks to the dedication and support of individuals like yourself. Even the smallest amount can go a long way to changing the life of Nepali girls and women, supporting menstrual dignity and sexual education. 

We urgently need to buy menstrual cups for girls not in school, the materials for hygiene kits (bucket, towel, soap, Nepali instructions, pens and teaching materials for every girl), salaries for the Nepali nurses, and fund the travel logistics to the  5 remote villages we will work in 2018  ( Achcham district). 

Donating even 5€ supports the continued work we do in these remote communities.

There are a number of other ways to help . How about sponsoring menstrual cups for girls and young women that do not attend school, OR a nurses salary?

Hygienic kit: 19€
Cup + hygienic kit: 32€
One Week Nurse salary: 45€
One Month Nurse Salary: 190€
A Month Money Pocket for local Volunteer in KTM: 35€

You can also give regular donations to help us: 
- plan ahead for spring trip
- replenish hygiene kits
- hold events such as exhibitions to spread awareness
- buy cups to sell on, with 100% of funds ssupporting the organisation for buying cups for young women that not attend school and bringing a more hygienic, sustainable sanitary solution to Nepal

You can use, too, paypal directly: PayPal.Me/bearsty

If you don't like using PayPal or Credit card, you can donate to us using:

Account Holder: Associació be artsy
Bank: Banc Sabadell
IBAN: ES23 0081 0900 8200 0430 1934

If you would like to be a regular donator, or you are a company that is interested in being a sponsor, your generosity will be met with regular updates and a company mention (logo) on our web page. Please do contact us : http://beartsy.org/contact/

To all our recurrent donors and those considering becoming donors, if you give a minimum donation of 70 euros (equating to 5 euros per month plus the cost of the crowdfunding platform), you will be, if you want, an associate collaborator.

Being an associate collaborator means you become a recurrent contributor. You'll receive news about the projects through email, have the possibility to take part in the general assembly and hear first hand about the project, via Skype or another online format.

We also have another crowd funding campaign through a Spanish website. We hope to cumulatively raise 16,500 euros through the two platforms to fully fund the 2018 Rato Baltin project. Both sites serve a need as donations made through the Spanish site are tax deductible, as we are a Spanish NGO. The link to the other site is here:  https://www.migranodearena.org/reto/17851/ratobaltin-2018-copas-menstruales-contra-el-chhaupadi-aportaciones-2018

Thank you! :)

More info:


Copas menstruales en Nepal: Chhaupadi

En West Nepal, la carencia de opciones sanitarias causa problemas de salud y absentismo escolar. El Chhaupadi supone echar de casa a las mujeres durante el tiempo de su menstruación, violando así los derechos humanos más básicos.

Como solución, el Proyecto Rato Baltin, gestionado por la Asociación be artsy, ofrece programas educativos de higiene y sexualidad a jóvenes y adultos de ambos sexos, para intentar erradicar esta práctica.

Una parte importante del proyecto Rato Baltin es la distribución de la Copa Menstrual. más de 250 han sido ya entregadas a chicas en edad escolar este año, junto con un cubo metálico (Baltin) que les sirve para llevar agua limpia a las letrinas y  para hervir la Copa.

También nos gustaría, en un futuro, poder donar copas a las chicas jóvenes que no van a la escuela por varios motivos (pobre, casadas con 13 años..).

Para este proyecto en concreto puedes colaborar , por ejemplo con:

- Materiales para el Kit Higiénico: 19€
- Copa Menstrual + Kit Higiénico: 32€
- Salario semanal de una enfermera: 45€
- Salario mensual de una enfermera: 190€
- Un mes de dinero para el bus para voluntarios locales en Kathmandu: 35€                                    

Si quieres ayudarnos con donaciones regulares o eres una empresa y quieres apoyarnos ponte en contacto con nosotras!  http://beartsy.org/contact/  Eso nos ayudará a planificar nuestras acciones.

Titular: Associació Be Artsy
Banco: Banco Sabadell
IBAN: ES23 0081 0900 8200 0430 1934



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Copes menstruals al Nepal: Chhaupadi

A l'oest del Nepal, la manca d'opcions sanitàries causa problemes de salut i absentisme escolar. El Chhaupadi suposa fer fora de casa a les dones durant el temps de la seva menstruació, violant així els drets humans més bàsics.

Com a solució, el Projecte Rato Baltin, gestionat per l'Associació be artsy, ofereix programes educatius de Salut menstrual i sexualitat a joves i adults d'ambdós sexes, per intentar eradicar aquesta pràctica.

Una part important del projecte Rato Baltin és la distribució de la Copa Menstrual. Més de 250  han estat ja lliurades a noies en edat escolar aquest any, juntament amb una galleda metàl·lica (Baltin) que els serveix per portar aigua neta  cap al lavabo i per bullir la Copa.

També ens agradaria,  poder donar copes a les noies joves que no van a l'escola per diversos motius (pobres, casades amb 13 anys ..).

Per a aquest projecte en concret pots col·laborar, per exemple amb:

- Materials per al Kit Higiènic: 19 €
- Copa Menstrual + Kit Higiènic: 32 €
- Salari setmanal d'una infermera: 45 €
- Salari mensual d'una infermera: 190 €
 - Diners pel bus per voluntaris local a Kathmandu: 35€

Si vols ajudar-nos amb donacions regulars o ets una empresa i vols donar-nos suport posa't en contacte amb nosaltres! Contacte: http://beartsy.org/contact/

Titular: Associació Be artsy
Banc: Banc Sabadell
IBAN: ES23 0081 0900 8200 0430 1934



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Dear friend, 

First off, thank you for all of your support for the Rato Baltin Project!

We're sorry that we haven't written any newsletters in the last months, but the Project gets hectic sometimes. It takes a long time to preparer the new members list and such things, alongside implementing the Project in villages. 

We have attached the link to some exciting news that has already been published online about the Spring Project component, but would love to go into more detail about upcoming plans and how the Project is going so far in 2018: http://beartsy.org/category/news/

Project Update:
The Project has been working well, though we have again come up against the issue of retaining nurses from Kathmandu for more than one visit to Project villages. Project locations are so far away, and the experience is hard for them. While we can keep them on board for the September visits, we will be rethinking our approach for next year. Achham political leaders have asked us to maintain a longer presence in the field, while also visiting more villages. 

Community leaders were really happy with our choice to hire 2 mentors from the previous cohort of old users.

What's new:

At this moment we are in Mangalsen, undertaking an intensive training-of-trainers session for 6 new trainers from 6 different remote municipalities in Achham. Every trainer will work in 3 villages with 2 mentors from class 10 that already use cups. We will also build the capacity of mentors to complete the photography part of the Projects, if they are interested to learn. We will chose 6 of them for a special training session with our collaborator and friend photojournalist Uma Bista. This is planned to occur before next years Project is implemented in villages, so that the mentors will be totally ready, capable, and confident of taking the reigns!  

This September, apart from training new trainers, we will also follow up with the women and girls we met and provided cups to on our last visits. 
To involve entire communities when we visit, with the help of the association Photo.circle from Kathmandu, we are going to showcase too, the film 'Mira'. 'Mira' focuses on the Nepali runner Mira Rai, showcasing to viewers that a girl from a small remote village can be, and is capable of achieving, whatever she wants. We wholeheartedly support this message!

We really think (and hope!) that bringing in more local voices will help to keep the Project sustainable long-term, and empower local people to take ownership. 

We would love to involve trained women anthropologists (maybe foreigners volunteers?) interested in the chhaupadi tradition to perhaps undertake case study research. 


Where to from here:
So as you can see, we are working tirelessly to keep our work going to end the practice of chhaupadi through education, art, and menstrual cups, as well as improve and get better at what we're doing. 

We are really happy with and thankful for the Associates and collaborators we have, but we will need more to be able to deliver on our mission and achieve our goals for the girls of Nepal. 

Next year, so you have a small idea... we will be in 18 villages with 6 trainers. With that in mind we will need 5 more laptops, a minimum of 50 additional photo cameras, 6 speakers, and 5 more projectors... 

So, please. If you want to spread the word and share the gofoundme page to your friends and family, that would be amazing.


Thank you for all you do for us and the girls of Accham!

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This spring we have distributed 320 RubyCup in Achham. 250 in schools, medical staff and teachers and 70 that we paid or with the proceeds of the "sold" cups, for young women who did not go to school (and some not so young ...)

The cup has a great acceptation and as always we have a waiting list, which has led us to take the next step: Speak first with the local government of Mangalsen and with the staff of the Nepalese government.

Everyone likes our perseverance, good practices and innovation in the project: Our question and what we were going to: We are willing to expand the project and hire more Achhami staff (this year 2 of KTM + 2 Achhami Old users) and multiply by 5 or 7 our presence there.

We need 200 associates to get all the yearly project money! ;) We will find it for sure! :) Do you wanna help us? Share the crowdfunding in facebook or with friends!

Nobody can stop this... :)

Thanks to all the partners, donors, Partners and Staff involved. To fight against Chhaupadi is to fight against a wall, beliefs are beliefs. But if the girls are clean by the use of the cup, and our presence there is more frequent and recurrent, little by little it will change.


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Hello friends, we are really happy to explain you that we are quite ready for this year Rato Baltin.
We will begin our Journey to Achham in April 17th!
We already have set up the new villages. We have been locking that are places with the Chhaupadi tradition alive to try to change the view that the girls have about their body, and they voluntarily begin to change the tradition.
We will go to Mangalsen municipality, to the villages of janalibandali, Basti, Kuntibandali, Oligau and Kaligau.

Please help us reach more people. Share our crowdfunding page with your friends and family. Girls in West Nepal need us! :)
https://www.gofundme.com/menstrual-cups-in-nepal-chhaupadi (english)
Thank you. <3
Achham district
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Hello, valued and appreciated friend!

We have been working on our proposal for the 2018 project.

We will be working in 5 secondary schools with boys and girls, as well as groups of women and men's groups in 5 villages. We will provide 325 girls and women with menstrual cups and hygiene kits, and will carry out trainings around Kathmandu.
To achieve these goals in 2018, we will need 16500 euros.

To all our recurrent donors and those considering becoming donors, if you give a minimum donation of 70 euros (equating to 5 euros per month plus the cost of the crowdfunding platform), you will be, if you want, an associate collaborator.
Being an associate collaborator means you become a recurrent contributor. You'll receive news about the projects through email, have the possibility to take part in the general assembly and hear first hand about the project, via Skype or another online format.

Whether or not you donate yourself, please help us reach more people. Share our crowdfunding page with your friends and family. Girls in West Nepal need us!
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