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Apr 21, 2020

A Story From The Ground

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"I feel proud that now I can provide the right information to the girls of my communities about their periods. I attend regular Smiley Days Awareness sessions and collect information which is very important for every girl". says Neeru (name changed)

 

The girl aged about 22, attained menarche when she was 14. Neeru (name changed) had some idea about Menstrual Cycle before the onset of her first period but she was unaware as to the biological reason for this natural process in a woman’s life. She felt shy and nervous to talk with anyone more about periods and there were lots of questions in her mind related to the menstrual cycle.

She came to know about the Indian Dreams Foundation from one of her neighbors and visited the IDF's Resource Center to seek assistance. She was ignorant about Menarche, Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) besides other important aspects before connecting with us. Our health counselor listened to all her issues regarding menstrual health. She conveyed irregular periods and other hygiene issues. Even consulting doctors didn’t yield any positive results. However, when we asked her to elaborate on the same, it came out to be normal which she thought of to be problematic. Her ignorance about the duration of the Menstrual Cycle was the cause which led her to conclude something normal as an issue. Counseling helped in making one more girl advance her knowledge to deviate from the ground of ignorance. Before such education, she was practicing unhygienic measures during periods like using cloth but after this aid, she started using sanitary napkins distributed under Smiley Days Project.

Thanks everyone, the changes and confidence have been build in many girls in the communities and they recognize as Change Agents. These all could be done with the help of your support and well- wishes.

 You can contribute to this project and your generous support will help us to provide sanitary napkins and hygiene material to the girls and women during COVID 19 pandemic.

 

You can support our COVID 19 Emergency Relief Project that helps to meet immediate needs for dry ration kits, food supply, health & hygiene kits supply to the poor families. Below is link;

https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/covid-19-emergency-relief-for-communities-in-india/

 

Thank you so much for your support in advance,

 

Regards,

Team IDF

 

Apr 17, 2020

Thank You Friends For You Continued Support!

 

Dear Friends,

 Greetings!

 I hope you all are safe, healthy and motivated during this COVID-19 pandemic. 

On behalf of Indian Dreams Foundation, I would like to say a big thank you to all of you for your continued support and motivation to driving us to reach out to our goal in support for menstrual health for girls in India. 

We have reached out to thousands of girls and women in the last four years and raised them to understand their bodies, health and their human rights.

With your support, we have changed the mindsets of people, especially men towards the periods. Now, in our target communities, significant populations of girls and women started using sanitary napkins and gradually the taboo tag is now excluding. 

We have seen significant developments amongst school going girls belief, and their confidence level increased.

Earlier, before our intervention, the majority of girls were frightened during their periods because of lack of knowledge and apprehended this natural process as taboos, disease, and had very negative perception towards five days menstrual.

Most of the girls used to remain absent in the schools, and lock them in the shaded part of the homes.

 

But now, significant ration of our target beneficiaries are welcoming and sensing their periods in the most assertive approaches. 

This Empowerment has marked just because of all our collective endeavours and willingness to improve the society for good.

Due to COVID-19, We all understand that this time is very crucial, and patience, motivation and hope for the future are the virtues to manifest.

I am proudly saying that in this time of crisis, our team is continually serving on the fields with having goals in mind and supporting our beneficiaries either physically or through the organisation's helpline.

We care for your motivation and commitment. We apprehend that through your valuable donations, you have conferred trust, support and motivation to us to serve in the communities for the betterment of the society and meet with the desired outcomes.

So, I am ensuring that we are committed to giving the impact of your valuable donations and your trust on Indian Dreams Foudnation.

Thank you once again for the continued support.

Be Safe and Stay at Home!

 

 

 

 

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Apr 13, 2020

Healthy Periods Even During COVID 19

Awareness generation on COVIDE 19
Awareness generation on COVIDE 19

Hello Everyone,

We hope that you and your family are safe and healthy in the current COVID 19 pandemic.

As we are aware that the COVID-19 pandemic has killed thousands of people and spread to more than 200 countries since it was first reported in China in December 2019. Now, this virus is rapidly developing in different countries, and India is one of them. More than 8000 active cases have been recorded in India as of today.

Though, IDF is dedicated and concerned about the health of our beneficiaries who are an important part of the different projects. So in this tough situation, the Smiley Days project that is dedicated to providing information, knowledge and spread awareness on menstrual hygiene management and well- being of adolescent girls and women from slum areas has been extended the wings to spread awareness on COVID 19 in among slum dwellers and encourage them to follow protective hygiene measures to fight with Corona virus.

Smiley Days team members encourage the take precautions by social distancing, at least a 2-second handwashing practice, use of face mask, do not touch an infected person and always cover your face while sneezing and coughing, etc.

The team members are also providing free Sanitation kits to the women and adolescent girls at their doorsteps that kits include sanitary napkins, soap, face mask, toothbrush, paste, washing soap, shampoo, etc. The kits are giving smiles on the faces of the women and these women are now ready to fight with COVID 19.

Sarla Devi, 34 years (name changed) said “I was afraid for getting my periods this month and using cloth again that I refused some months ago. But during the lockdown situation due to the Corona virus, none of us can go outside to bring sanitary napkins. My daughter who got her first period a couple of months ago asked me for napkins. But I was helpless to do anything in a tough situation.

But now I am really happy that we will not go back or use cloth again, as Didi from Smiley Days team has handed me the sanitation kit at my doorstep and also informed us how to keep safe and healthy while during the pandemic situation. I believe that my daughter and I are free with germs and our periods will be healthy even during COVID 19”.

Thank you so much for your support and we are happy to share more updates of the project in the coming days.

Team IDF wishes for you and your family’s good health.

Be Safe and Stay at Home!

 

Thank You,

Team IDF

 
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