May 28, 2020

Happy Menstrual Hygiene Day

My Smile - My Pad
My Smile - My Pad

Dear Friends,

Wish you all a Happy Menstrual Hygiene Day!

 

Menstruation is a crucial and indispensable part of every woman's life. Despite being so, it is perceived as an unclean and impure process. People, even women and girls refrain from talking about it openly which causes ignorance and health issues. 28th May is observed as International Menstrual Hygiene Day to highlight the significance of good menstrual health and hygiene. This important event is celebrated by the Indian Dreams Foundation every year.

Our Project Smiley Days aim to bring awareness among women and girls and to sensitize them towards their sexual and reproductive health. Under this project, we organize many workshops and programs. To commemorate this day every year we assure the participation of as many women and girls as possible so that they could be empowered.

But this year it won't be possible to conduct such programs due to lockdown. However, this physical distancing should not slow our pace and weaken our admiration, hence we came up with this Campaign named "MY SMILE, MY PAD". Our motto behind it is to spread awareness among masses on menstrual hygiene. Women & girls can contribute to this cause by sharing a photo of holding a sanitary napkin in the hands with a smile on faces and uploaded on the social media accounts/ Facebook.

This campaign will show respect for women and their pride, dignity, and health.

You can also support this campaign and share your pic on Facebook with a sanitary pad.

 

Thank you so much for your support for the Smiley Days Project.

 

Regards,

Team IDF

May 18, 2020

NO ONE STOP US

Girls with Smiley Kits
Girls with Smiley Kits

No one stops us to create awareness on menstrual hygiene management even during COVID 19 pandemic crisis. Team Smiley Days are dedicated to educating & aware adolescent girls and women from urban slums of Agra towards their healthy periods and breaking the taboo of shyness on periods.

This pandemic crisis is very challenging for us to reach our beneficiaries, well we found a solution and we regularly connect with our beneficiaries and school girls over the phone. The awareness sessions have been conducted by the team members over con call regularly and educate girls to follow healthy and hygienic practices during menstruation. Although, girls are taught on COVID 19 measures and precautions to be followed to stay safe and healthy.

Sanitary pads are also provided to the girls and women during this tough time with the help of our local field volunteers.

Muskan (name changed) a school going girl of age 14 said, “I love to go to school but I mostly skipped three days every month due to my periods and uncomfortably raised in those days. I used the old cloth to soak my period flow as my mother suggested me to do this. But when I attended the Smiley Days session in my school, I have been using sanitary napkins since then and attended school regularly. But due to Corona, our school is closed to follow the lockdown rules. All shops are closed and everyone has instructed to stay at home to safety. I was unable to bought sanitary napkins during the periods. But this is true that our hopes never faded. Team Smiley Days have provided me sanitary pads at my doorstep. I thanks to team Smiley Days”

 

Thank you, friends, for your love and support to transform the lives of girls and women in India.

 

Regards,

Team IDF

May 4, 2020

She is leading a healthy life...

Girl's counselling session
Girl's counselling session

Dear Friends,

Greetings from the Indian Dreams Foundation!

I hope you are safe, healthy, and motivated at this time of the pandemic.

During this COVID 19 pandemic situation, our team is dedicated to improving the menstrual health & hygiene issues of the women & girls under the Smiley Days Project and day by day we are reaching to the more beneficiaries with your kind support and well- wishes.

In this report, we are again come up with the impact story of the beneficiary who has changed her mindsets on menstruation and now leading a happy life.

Priti (name changed) says, “Yes, now I use sanitary pads. The first time I get it from IDF’s didi (sister) who visited my community a few months ago and I feel much comfortable by using it during my periods. Didi also told me that irregular periods are normal in some girls when they get her first periods and it becomes regular in the span of two or three years. Now, I am not worried about it and I am thankful to Didis”.

 

Ignorance leads to a problem that otherwise could have been avoided. Priti (name changed) is one such girl who is ignorant about periods caused herself 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 it 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 it, she found it manageable.

However, the major issue she faced due to lack of proper knowledge was the misconception of irregular periods. Not only Priti but also her mother was unable to guide her. Priti 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.

IDF team members tried to educate her during the counseling session that after the first period, Menstrual Cycle takes some time to become normal and regular. Apart from this, we informed her about some crucial aspects related to menstrual health, hygiene, and management under Project Smiley days. In the process of taking feedback, we came to know that her periods are regular now and she is very thankful to the organization for assistance.

Thank you so much for your support and encouragement.

Regards,

IDF team

 
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