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The world is days away from witnessing another royal wedding, the wedding of Prince Harry of wales and of Meghan Markle.

What makes this royal wedding special than the previous wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge is that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have requested their guest not to present them with gifts but instead give aid to charities they support.

 

The seven charities selected are

  • Chiva (Children’s HIV Association);
  • Crisis (which helps people who are homeless to rebuild their lives);
  • the Myna Mahila Foundation (which empowers women in the slums of Mumbai);
  • Scotty’s Little Soldiers (which supports children who have lost a parent while serving in the British Armed Forces);
  • StreetGames(which uses sport to empower young people);
  • Surfers Against Sewage (a marine conservation charity);
  • The Wilderness Foundation UK.

 

Founded in 2015 by Suhani Jalota the myna Mahila foundation works in the slums of Mumbai. The foundation was visited by Meghan Markle last year and had written about her experiences in time magazine, though Kensington palace has denied that the couple has any formal links with the charities selected by them.

In a statement released by the palace stated that the couple had chosen the charities representative of the issues they are close to.

The charity empowers women from the slums of Mumbai to speak about issues they are most afraid to discuss aloud, like the chatty Myna bird. they employ women from urban slums in Mumbai to manufacture and sell affordable sanitary pads back into their communities, improving menstrual hygiene, providing stable employment, and building a trusted network.

The foundation is run on 3 pillars

  1. Improving menstrual hygiene affordably
  2. Generating female employment in slums
  3. Building women’s network

 

Apart from providing them with employment and a stable source of income the foundation also works around breaking the taboos surrounding menstruation in the country.

Other than providing employment the foundation also takes up various initiatives to help and support their staff members like providing them with at home employment opportunities or educational series to educate them in English, computer and self-defence etc.

Suhani Jalota the founder of the foundation is a graduate of Duke University, winner of the glamour women of the year award 2016. She even won the queen’s young leader award, she has also been honoured with Forbes 30 under 30 Asia 2018.

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