OUR WORK IN SRH

Sustainable

Sanitation Project

A vast majority of menstruating women in

Sri Lanka don’t use pads or tampons, making “period poverty” rife in Sri Lanka. This project aims to address this issue by providing reusable sanitary pads to underserved

women in all 25 districts of the country. These sessions include an educational programme on SRH, where safe spaces are created for conversations and questions on pertinent but taboo topics. 

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Learning on

SRH at schools

Learning on sexual and reproductive health to school children that goes beyond the textbook and that provides access to young, approachable medical professionals. Currently, the vast majority of students do not receive practical and honest sex education, and the curriculum largely focuses on abstinence-only sex education, which then results in an education gap in
relation to sex, sexually transmitted diseases, unplanned pregnancies, contraception and so
on.

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Arka

Circles

The creation of safe spaces for young people to have conversations on difficult and taboo topics such as STDs, contraception and menstruation. These sessions equip individuals with the tools needed to navigate their SRH. 

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Arka at Institutions 

A presence at various institutions, ranging from schools for the differently-abled, schools, universities, maternal health hospitals and women’s centers both in and out of Colombo. 

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