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All for One Foundation: Breaking the Taboo

The urge behind the formation of – All for one foundation came from an awful real-life experience. Mira, one of the founding members of All for One Foundation, once visited a remote river island of Bangladesh where she suddenly got her period. She could not find any pharmacy to buy sanitary napkin and thus she was seeking help from local houses. A woman helped her by giving a piece of old cloth. As a temporary solution,she took that. However, Mira was shocked and worried when the women innocently told her to cover the cloth with sands as she has to walk for a long time. It will help her to hold the blood for a longtime. It triggered Mira with a concern that how terribly rural women are treating their period.

Out of curiosity Mira visited a school there and found that during period girls do not go to school as they have to change the cloth they use during period. They use the samecloth every time only by washing them. Mira decided that she will help these girls by providing sanitary napkin. She posted this story in social media and requested her friends to raise fund for these underprivileged children. she received a tremendousresponse and created a team of 7 like-minded members to develop an educational session on adolescent health and hygiene.

Till then All for One Foundation is supporting adolescents by providing them witheducation and sanitary products. Though their primary aim was to raise awareness on adolescent menstrual health, gradually they develop educational contents for safe touch, hygiene, mental preparation to deal period etc.

All for One Foundation is now working with many schools across the country to raise awareness among teachers, parents, andstudents on adolescent health and hygiene. More than 20 schools are receiving educational session by 86 active volunteers, educators, anddoctors. So far, 7109 women and children havebeen directly benefited through their initiatives. Besides, they are also working with 30,000 women and children of slams in Dhaka city where they create awareness on STDs, menstrual health, the importanceof using protection during intercourse, better family planning, disadvantages of consuming excessive contraceptive pills etc.

It was never a smooth journey for Mira and her team as menstrual hygiene, education and awareness initiatives on gender and sexual reproductive health is a taboo in the underprivileged community of Bangladesh. Atthe beginning of their activation,many schools rejected their proposal. They got threat from slam areas too. But no obstacle could stop them.

Young Bangla recognized All for One Foundation’s outstanding contribution to societyand humanity by giving the Joy Bangla Youth Award in 2018. Young Bangla strives to empower these courageous youth group of All for One through Young Bangla network to support their remarkable initiatives towards local and national development.