In a bit to help Ukhrul during the pandemic, Ukiyo Bookstore, a popular independent bookstore in Imphal came to the rescue donating 300 packets of sanitary pads to Project SHIMKHUR, an ongoing humanitarian relief initiative, organised by Union Baptist Church, Youth department, Ukhrul to help the needy families in providing ration and essentials in Ukhrul town affected by the pandemic.
The 300 packets of sanitary pads delivered by Aja Delivery Service to Ukhrul will be distributed along with the ration and essentials to the families under Project SHIMKHUR.
Martin Thokchom, owner of Ukiyo Bookstore speaking to Ukhrul Times said, “I have always wanted to do something for the people of Ukhrul during this uncertain time even if we are having struggles of our own due to this lockdown. I saw and read about Project SHIMKHUR on friends’ Instagram pages including Ukhrul Times news piece on the ongoing project and that’s when I decided to contribute something. The idea of donating sanitary pads came to me during the Menstrual Hygiene Day (May 28). I thought it was perfect as it would also raise awareness about menstrual hygiene and break the social stigma surrounding menstruation”, adding that “Ukhrul has always held a special place in our heart.”
Martin also mentioned that many of friends and bookstore’s supporters are also from Ukhrul. He pointed out that Ukhrul is the only other place outside Imphal where Ukiyo Bookstore organized a pop-up too. When our friends Awungrinchon and Mashun who hails from Ukhrul shared about the situation there of families affected by the pandemic, we pledged to contribute with whatever we could to help the affected, Martin added.
The 300 packets of sanitary pads are locally made pads procured from Korou Sanitary Pads, Yengkhom Ojit behind the enterprise.
Project SHIMKHUR, so far have been able to cover around 360 families and plans to cover another 100 more families today, informed Shangcham, UBC Youth department active member.
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