We applied for a proposal with great ambitions, with an idea that is to have a considerable impact on the community we plan to work in. That idea is to bring the greatly sustainable menstrual cup to the rural community. We believe that this is an idea that can forever transform the lives of these rural women as they can now walk along the men during their menstrual cycle. Please click here to learn more about the project.The biggest challenge, as a male, to be involved in such an initiative is breaking that comfort zone with friends and family, and informing them about the project. I faced this twice in the previous two days. The first one was with the lady who was seated beside me on the plane. She was very amiable and comforting, and open to exchange ideas with, yet I was not able to break the boundary, I really wanted to share the idea of menstrual cup with her, so I asked her to read the proposal on my laptop. I required a prop to break the boundary with her. She was aware of the menstrual cups but did not know that you can purchase them in India. The second situation involved my aunt (Bua) and cousins (Anshita Didi and Ayush Bhaiya) who visited today. They asked me about the training I am visiting Lucknow for. I was waiting for my male cousin to leave the room, so that I can explain more. I remained uncomfortable throughout the whole time and, therefore, did not tell them about the project and they left. Instead, I emailed my proposal to Anshita Didi. Once again, I used that proposal as a prop.
From these two experiences, I realized that if I was to break this boundary, I need something physical to initiate the conversation with. For example, a brochure or a flyer. This has to be done relatively soon. Later, this can be modified so that it can be distributed to rural area with relatively small changes.
When I reach Lucknow on Monday, I will visit Sharaf Abbas Khan (Jeejaji) at Social Consultancy Services (SCS) to finalize the plan for the whole month and get started. The time is short and the project is big.