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

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

 
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