Dec 16, 2020

Smiley Days - stories from the field

Girls during workshop
Girls during workshop

Dear Friends,

Greetings from the 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.

Now, we are come up with the story of one of our beneficiaries of the Smiley Days Project. She has experienced her first menses a few months ago during the lockdown and dealt it with confidently.

Rajni (name changed), a 13 years old girl and living in a dense slum of Agra, Uttar Pradesh state with her parents and five younger siblings. Recently she has discussed her story more over her experience with the Smiley Days team about her first-period experience during COVID19 lockdown.

Rajni said, “I am really happy because, now I have entered womanhood – a proud aspect of my life. A few months ago, I began menstruating like my other school friends. It was morning time, I realized something wet in my inner wear that felt awkward and discomfort. I rushed to the washroom to know the reason and I checked downward. It was my first menses, I was feeling low, shame, and nervous. But at the same time, I recalled that it is a part of every girl’s life, although it’s a natural biological process that I learned during the Smiley Days workshop in my school and I took a deep breath with a satisfactory smile on my face.

I informed my mother about my first menses and she was so happy that her daughter has begun her new journey towards womanhood. The knowledge & information that I gained during Smiley Days workshops helped a lot that time to give me confidence even during the lockdown period. I managed my first periods with confidence and didn’t stop my regular activities. As everyone faced the tough situation during the lockdown, all shops were closed and I was afraid of not having sanitary napkins in my first period. On the first day, my mother handed me a clean washed and dried cloth that she informed by Smiley days team during the community workshop and next day I contacted the Smiley days' team members to get my Smiley kit that contains sanitary pads, vaginal wash, panty, soap, etc. and I managed my first period with dignity and proud.

That day I realized how important for every girl to know about her periods. I thank the Smiley Days team to equip me with the right information and education about period issues”.

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

Girls with hygiene kits
Girls with hygiene kits
Jul 23, 2020

WE CARE - COVID 19 relief project

Team IDF during COVID 19 awareness session
Team IDF during COVID 19 awareness session

Dear Friends,

Greetings from Indian Dreams Foundation!

We hope you are safe, healthy and motivated in this time of the pandemic. In this time of uncertainty and pathetic COVID 19 pandemic, the entire world is facing the most critical time ever with thousands of deaths and killing of hope, confidence and possibility.

In this time of crisis, the IDF team is diligently working on the field and running WE CARE project on COVID 19 relief in the target communities of Agra, India by providing dry ration and hygiene kits support to more than 5000 beneficiaries.

IDF has distributed more than 500 grocery kits and more than 400 hygiene kits among the target population. Apart from distribution, the team is dedicated to disseminating knowledge and information on COVID 19 precautions measures and the importance of healthy hand wash with soap and hand rub. Team members are also spreading awareness among girls and women towards their menstrual health and hygiene through IDF’s Women Connect toll-free helpline.

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. So 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”.

All such heroic stints are doing dedicatedly because of our committed team that includes board members, staff, and volunteers to take responsibility as warriors and be committed to serving the communities and spread humanity.

We are grateful for your continued support, trust, and motivation that drive us forward to combat COVID 19.

 

Thank You,

Hand wash awareness session
Hand wash awareness session
Girls with hygiene kits
Girls with hygiene kits
Jul 6, 2020

Impact Story of Smiley Days Project

Women during awareness workshop on MHM
Women during awareness workshop on MHM

Hi Everyone,

Greetings from the 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.

During the current COVID situation in India, the IDF team is dedicated to achieving the aim of the Smiley Days Project by reaching the beneficiaries personally through community workers and con calls workshops. We came up with some stories of the beneficiaries during the lockdown and would happy to share a girl’s story named Ishana (name changed) with you that show the impact of the project on the ground.

Ishana is twelve years old and enrolled in a school. She loves to go to school but due to lockdown, her school remains close from March 2020. Though, the lockdown days became an unforgettable day for her as she started menstruation.

Ishana said, “One morning I saw some blood patches on my panty, I was scared and rushed to the mother. I told her about the blood that was on my inner-wear. My mother simply smiled and hugged me tightly. I was surprised by her reaction to my condition. I started to weep and asked what this is? She again smiled and told me that it’s a natural process. Every girl has to face this situation during puberty. She handed me a sanitary napkin and described the proper usage. My mother called to the Smiley team members (Didi) to counsel me properly. Didi provided me proper information about the periods and importance of hygiene during periods to keep me healthy. Previously my mother has attended many workshops of Smileys Days conducted by IDF in our community. I thank the team members who teach important things to the girls like me”.

There are many girls like Ishana who are unaware of their first periods and scared that time their mothers need to talk to them about the biological and natural process of menstruation. Team IDF is keen to educate the mothers also for the importance of menstrual hygiene management for them and their daughters for the healthy wellbeing. Well, mothers play an important role to disseminate information to the girl, so under our project we also target to aware mothers.

Thank you so much for your generous support…

 

Regards,

Team IDF

 
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