PwC India Foundation (PwCIF) is working on a project that aims to provide sanitation facilities in government girls’ schools in Ajmer City benefitting 4,500+ girls across five schools. As part of this initiative, Nishadeep Chauhan, a PwCIF volunteer, visited these project schools in Ajmer.
The day started quite early as she reached Ajmer at 2.30 am and was prepared for an action-packed day. She was accompanied by Chandrakala from our ground level partner NGO, FINISH, and conducted sessions in two schools.
They started with an interactive session with the students and then had an open discussion around hygiene with class 6 and 7 students. This was followed by a session on sanitary hygiene where students discussed the constraints they faced such as affordability, lack of sanitary pad vending machines in schools and a general lack of awareness around sanitation issues.
To keep the students engaged, key hygiene practices were demonstrated through games and interactive activities. An interactive session between senior and junior students also took place so that the senior students could guide their younger counterparts in a more informal and friendly manner. This was followed by an inspection of the school facilities to understand the infrastructure and cleanliness of the campus. All hygiene-related issues were raised to the school authorities.
On a personal level, interacting with the students was an extremely enlightening experience for Nishadeep since it exposed her to the basic problems at the ground level.
"I am glad that we at PwC have taken up an important issue like sanitation and are doing our best to create awareness and improve situation facilities. I personally would like to thank PwC for giving me an opportunity to volunteer on this project and also thank FINISH society NGO for their support in implementing this project successfully. I wish that at PwC, we embark on more such projects both at an individual and an organisation level and give back to society."
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