Apr 7, 2021

Smiley Days - hope for a healthy lives

Girls with Hygiene kit
Girls with Hygiene kit

Dear Friends,

Greetings from Indian Dreams Foundation!

It is our pleasure to share with you the updates of the Smiley Days Project that aims to disseminate knowledge and information towards menstrual hygiene management and wellbeing to the targeted adolescent girls and women from underserved communities of Agra, India.

However, the entire world has been facing the most critical time due to the uncertainty and pathetic COVID 19 pandemic. Well the time of crisis, the IDF team has been dedicatedly working in the communities and generating awareness towards COVID19 along with female menstrual health by providing them regular counseling, awareness workshops and hygiene kits.

When our beneficiaries struggled to deal with their periods without sanitary napkins during the lockdown period as all shops were closed, our Smiley Days team played a crucial role in communicating with women & girls in the field at their doorsteps and provided sanitary napkins to them. That has given much relief and support to the girls and women in a tough time of lockdown and they were able to tackle their periods safely and hygienically.

Here is a real story of our beneficiary, who has shared her lockdown experience with the team,

Priti, 18 years (name changed) said, “I was depressed during lockdown because all shops were closed and I had nothing to soak my menstrual blood. Before lockdown, I received sanitary pads from the IDF Center free of cost, but lockdown periods were tough for me. However, the first month of lockdown I used cloth, but that gave me discomfort then IDF team members provided me hygiene kit and sanitary napkins. I thank team IDF who is supporting many girls like me during this tough time".

 

Many thanks again for your support!

We will continue to keep you updated about our work, events and story of change.


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Regards,

Team IDF

Girls counseling
Girls counseling
Feb 2, 2021

SMILEY DAYS - Story of Change

Girls with their beautiful smiles
Girls with their beautiful smiles

Dear friends,

Greetings from the Indian Dreams Foundation!

We are happy to share the success stories of our beneficiaries and the impact of the project on the ground. The Smiley Days team regularly interacts with many adolescent girls and discusses their issues with providing them appropriate counseling/ guidance.

Today we came up with a story of change under the Smiley Days Project;

Ignorance leads to a problem that otherwise could have been avoided. Rakhi (name changed) is one such person who is ignorant about periods that caused her various difficulties. She was unfamiliar with the existence of a biological process called the Menstrual Cycle. She was shy and ignorant about periods until her mother introduced them to her when she attained menarche at the age of 12. She faced difficulty in using sanitary napkins but only after her cousin taught her the correct way of using them, she found it manageable.

However, the major issue she faced due to a lack of proper knowledge was the misconception of irregular periods. Not only Rakhi but also her mother was unable to guide her. Rakhi skipped periods for one year after menarche and as a consequence, she consulted a doctor. Medication leads to periods for two months but again she skipped periods for a year.

Team Smiley Days tried to educate her that after the first period, Menstrual Cycle takes some time to become normal and regular. Apart from this, the team informed her about some crucial aspects related to menstrual health, hygiene, and its management under Project Smiley days. In the process of taking feedback, the team came to know that her periods are regular now and she is very thankful to the organization and the Smiley Days project for assistance. Now Rakhi regularly attends awareness sessions under the project and she connected some of her friends with the project for taking guidance.

There are many success stories of the girls who become aware of their menstrual rights and well-being.

Thank you so much for your support!

Regards,

Team IDF

Jan 13, 2021

Story of Change

Smiley Days 1
Smiley Days 1

Dear Friends,

Greetings from Indian Dreams Foundation!

It is our pleasure to share with you the updates of the Smiley Days Project that aims to disseminate knowledge and information towards menstrual hygiene management and wellbeing to the targeted adolescent girls and women from urban and rural slums of Agra, India.

In our last report, we have shared a story of a girl who experiences periods first time during lockdown periods. Now, we are come up with another story of our beneficiary of Smiley Days Project;

Rani (name changed) is quite different from the one of her age. She lacks the maturity that is expected out of an 18-year-old person. Her mental understanding and insufficient knowledge make her vulnerable to menstrual health and hygiene issues. Rani and her mother visited our Centre to undergo counseling. She being unable to tell her problems or issues, Rani’s mother informed us about them. This included a lack of information regarding the Menstrual Cycle, its duration, reasons, importance, management, and others. She tends to forget her periods' date and hence, was incapable of ascertaining it well in advance which caused trouble.

Rani’s mother is worried about her married life as their family is planning her wedding. Here Rani has her mother but after marriage, she has to take care of herself.

To mitigate her worries, the Smiley Days team guided and educated her about menstrual health, its management, and hygienic practices to be followed during periods. She came to know about sanitary napkins, their usage, and the right way of disposing of them. She regularly receives sanitary napkins under Smiley day’s project. Gradually the situation has been changing, Rani is taking care of the hygiene issues and wearing sanitary pads on her own during periods. Now her mother is satisfied and conveys her thanks to the Smiley Days team for helping her daughter. Mother said “I was really worried for Rani’s future; she was not even understood the periods and every month she spoiled her clothes, I tried to teach her many times but couldn’t do anything. But now I am really happy that her behavior and practices have been changing”.  

IDF is delighted to witness such a massive change in girls’ lives and hopes to create an army of happy and confident girls.

Many thanks again for your support!


We will continue to keep you updated about our work, events, and story of change.

 

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Regards,

Team IDF

 
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