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Mumbai NGO ecstatic over invitation to attend royal wedding

Published: May 17, 2018

STORY: Women from a non-governmental organisation based in India’s western Mumbai city are over the moon as they are one of the few charities picked up Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to attend their wedding.

More than 100,000 people are expected to flock to the genteel English town of Windsor where the couple will marry on Saturday (May 19) in a glittering ceremony mixing traditional royal pomp with a flavor of Hollywood glamour.

The Royal couple have chosen seven charities where they have asked people to make donations instead of giving wedding gifts. The ‘Myna Mahila Foundation’, which sells sanitary napkins in the slums of Mumbai at economical rates, is the only non-UK based charity chosen by the royal couple.

Markle visited the foundation last year and was inspired by the work the sanitation workers did. She had also penned down her experience about the organisation in ‘TIME’ magazine.

Four women from the organisation, including founder Suhani Jalota, will attend the wedding and are expected to gift calligraphic portraits to Britain’s newly-married royal couple.

Jalota on Wednesday (May 16) said it was a huge opportunity for them to represent not just their organisation but women across urban slums in the city and the country.

The foundation was established in 2015 by Jalota and works towards improvement of public health in India. The non-governmental organisation not only provides access to sanitary napkins at a low price to women residing in slum areas but it also provides them employment opportunities to earn a livelihood.

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