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Partnering the Government:

            Strengthening existing programmes

                   reeti Ben (43), is the principal of Kasturba   Shiksha) that Tata Water Mission’s team in
                   Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV) in          Gujarat covered under its MHM programme. The
            PPavthi, Gujarat. Preeti is elated to see how     MHM programme reached out to adolescent girls
            the lived experience of the current generation    of 25 KGBVs in Amreli, Bhavnagar and Dahod
            is significantly different from that of her own   districts of the state. Preeti said the efforts taken
            around menstruation. “I cried and cried until my   by sakhis have helped the girls living at the hostel
            mother came back from the school where she used   to be more vocal about any issues concerning their
            to teach,” she recalls her first experience with   reproductive health; they practice better hygiene
            menstruation at the age of 14. Preeti points out   and use reusable cotton pads or sanitary napkins.
            that the girls from her hostel no longer have to   In the second part of Tata Water Mission’s
            undergo the same experience, thanks to the Tata   collaboration with GRC for KGBV schools, the
            Trusts’ efforts.                                  team aims to impart MHM training to 12 identified
                Preeti’s school is a residential school for   staff members from each of the 25 KGBVs. The
            girls and part of the 25 Kasturba Gandhi Balika   trained staff would in turn impart information to
            Vidyalayas (KGBV, established under Samagra       the adolescent girls at these KGBVs.

            In August 2004,  the Government of India launched the KGBV scheme and later merged with Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan in 2007. It’s
            objective was to set up residential schools at an upper primary level for girls belonging predominantly to scheduled caste, scheduled
            tribe, other backward class, and minorities residing in difficult areas.  With the RTE Act, 2009, coming into force (with effect
            from 1st April 2010) and the Sarva Shiksha Framework of implementation being revised to correspond to the RTE Act, the KGBV
            component of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan is also being implemented in the overall context of child rights and child entitlements and in
            harmony with the spirit and stipulations of the Act.

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