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Sep 9, 2019

Smiley Days - Impact so far

Smiley Girls
Smiley Girls

Dear Friends,

Greetings from Indian Dreams Foundation!

According to the 2011 census, 64.7% of women in the world are currently within the menstrual age and majority of them do not have access to clean environments or safe products. Menstruation has always been surrounded by myths and taboos in many Indian societies.

 

Lack of knowledge about menstruation and the associated myths lead to these implications for most of the girls & women:

  • Missing school or dropping out altogether
  • Lack of a support system within the community
  • Limited knowledge of menstrual hygiene practices
  • Health problems like Anemia, Leucorrhea and other sexually transmitted diseases due to improper menstrual hygiene practices

 

However, in 2016, IDF initiated Smiley Days Project that aims to address female health and hygiene issues and promote awareness as it relates to that in economically backward communities.

The program’s objectives are achieved through key strategies in the target community:

1. Educating - develop workshops to educate girls & women on biology and hygiene best practices, provide counselling sessions and distribute informative booklets

2. Providing - distribute sanitary products and build new toilet facilities for girls

3. Engaging - engage family members, schools and specialists to increase outreach

Today we are happy to share our impact so far in this report;

  1. More than 3500 girls & women have been reached through different awareness generation workshops from approx. 30 slums of Agra.
  2. Schoolgirls have followed improved hygiene practices during their menstruation.
  3. 25 school partners have been identified.
  4. 60% of partner schools have improved toilets facilities for the girls’ students.
  5. As per the schools’ records, girls’ attendance has improved by 40% to 70% during the menstruation.
  6. About 80% of girls have become conscious and opened up to ask the question about menstruation in follow up meetings.
  7. 50% of the girls those attending the health education sessions are disseminated knowledge among other girls of their school and community.
  8. Our partner schools have adopted healthy WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) practices and improved their WASH sources.
  9. 100% of schools with MHM (Menstruation Health Management) focal point teachers who act as facilitators to transmit knowledge on MHM.
  10. 10% strength of each school’s girls have been formed SMILEY GIRLS CLUB that provide space to adolescent girls to discuss MHM issues with their peer group.

 

IDF is rigorously working to change the mindsets of many girls and women towards positivity of menstruation hygiene management (MHM) & the role of MHM for the well-being of the women. This all could be possible due to your continuous support and we hope that you will support us like that in the future also.

 

We will continue to keep you updated about our work and events.

Many thanks again for your support!

 

Regards,

IDF Team

Smiley Days workshop
Smiley Days workshop
Sep 3, 2019

Sanitary Pads Manufacturing Unit for Women & Girls

Meeting with Girls
Meeting with Girls

Dear friends,

Greetings from Indian Dreams Foundation!

We are very grateful to receive your support for our project that will help to develop skills of the women & girls in underprivileged communities by providing them sanitary napkins manufacturing training.

88% of India's 355 million women do not have access to sanitary pads. Lack of awareness and affordability means that sand, ash, rags or dirty cloth are used instead of sanitary pads, leading to blistering, soreness, infections and long-term health issues. The findings for MHM 2018 survey conducted by Indian Dreams Foundation in 11 slums of Agra, U.P revealed that 71.27 % of girls & women are not using sanitary pads during menstruation.

However, this micro project tackles problems of both awareness & affordability of the sanitary products in urban slums of Agra city India. The manufacturing of sanitary pads will be done by the women and for the women. Women & girls will be trained in marketing also thus help them to become self-dependent.

But unfortunately, we haven’t received sufficient funds to start the initiative, so we request you to give your support to another project on GlobalGiving that improves the lives of women & girls by providing them appropriate education & knowledge about menstrual hygiene management.

Thank you so much for your concern & support!

 

Regards,

Team IDF

Aug 19, 2019

No More Restrictions during Periods

Smiley Days - Confident school girls
Smiley Days - Confident school girls

Dear friends

Greetings from Indian Dreams Foundation!

Cultural, religious and traditional beliefs lead to a range of restrictions being placed on girls & women during periods. These restrictions during menstruation affect girls’ and women's emotional state, mental, physical health, and lifestyle.

Recently, we have conducted an awareness workshop in an urban school and interacted with many girls about their menstruation. Few girls were ashamed when we started the topic well others were interested to talk about their experiences. Many girls shared the major restrictions during their periods that make them low, less confident and stressed for the entire duration.

A girl named Vandana (name changed) shared restrictions that she has to face during her periods…

-          I can’t attend a religious function i.e. worship, touching god’s statue etc.

-          I am not allowed to cook and entered the kitchen

-          I can’t eat certain food

-          I have to sleep separately from other members of my family

-          I do not attend school

-          I am not allowed to go outside for playing

-          I am not allowed to wash my hair

Most of the girls reported the same restrictions on them during periods.

Well, IDF is rigorously working to change the mindsets of the people towards taboos & myths associated with menstruation through different modes of activities in schools as well as in communities under SMILEY DAYS.

We want to thank everyone for your support and choosing Smiley Days Project to transform the lives of underprivileged girls & women from the urban and rural slums of India.

Thank you once again and we look forward to your continued support.

 

Regards,

Team IDF

 
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