As part of collaboration between DEF and WASH United to bring awareness among the rural communities on Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM), one day training was organised for the new women trainers of WASH on May 10, 2019. It was conducted by seven trainers who had received the training from WASH United. Six master trainers from Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Haryana were selected by these seven trainers. These master trainers would further train and hand-hold a team of ‘Masik Preraks’ at their village level. The Preraks would then become the agents of empowerment among their village communities by spearheading information on maintaining MHM.
The trainers were assessed and trained on various parameters of knowledge, training capacities and more. A multi-lingual kit curated by WASH United was shared which included the content to be delivered in the villages.
This was followed by an education guide ‘Ruby’s World’ which lays out the plight of a menstruating young girl’s story in her own words which was shared in different villages by the Masik Preraks. The beauty of this guide book is that each and every woman who undergoes menstruation can relate and hence visualise the story of a girl named Ruby and her journey of getting educated on menstruation and menstrual health. It helped in breaking various taboos related to menstruation during the training.
Further, as the training progressed, reporting styles and the essence of documentation, use of social media and qualities of a good trainer were shared with them.