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

Mar 3, 2020

Smiley Days - stories from the field

Smiley Days
Smiley Days

Dear Friends,

Greetings from the Indian Dreams Foundation!

Menstruation, a natural process in women’s life that needs special care from a physical and psychological point of view. Negligence in menstrual hygiene can result in biological disorders, for example, different sorts of infections but unfortunately, awareness concerning this area of life is not highlighted due to the socio-cultural trends of our society. Promotion of menstrual hygiene is indirect support to gender equality, national development, high literacy rate, and SDGs accomplishment.

In August 2016, Indian Dreams Foundation has started an awareness generation project named Smiley Days that aims to promote MHM knowledge & information through different sets of activities and engage more stakeholders with the project. The IDF team members conduct MHM awareness sessions in target communities as well as in schools. Smiley Girls Club has been formed and trained to disseminate information on hygiene management during periods.

Rani (name changed), student of class 8, is one of the Smiley Club members. After getting training on Menstrual Hygiene Management in her school, she discussed the information with the female family members and conveyed the message in her neighborhood and friends. Palak (name changed) was one of her audience/neighbor who is 15 years old girl belongs to a slum area of Agra. Belonging to the most under-developed area Being she never knows the best practices of Menstrual Hygiene.

In the interview, Palak said “I used to throw the used sanitary cloths and pads in open but when Rani shared information then I came to know about the proper practices of Menstrual Hygiene. Now I throw my used sanitary pads in the dustbin after wrapped in the newspaper”.

Rani the Smiley Club member said that in start she was shy while discussing the menstrual hygiene issues with her friends but now their welcoming attitude has enhanced her confidence.

IDF has partnered with more than 25 schools in Agra and reached more than 3000 school girls. Now the schoolgirls have been changing their mindsets towards periods and start discussing the issues related to the MHM.

Thanks for your support and encouragement!

Regards,

Team IDF

Feb 24, 2020

MHM Helping Keep Girl In School

Smiley Girls
Smiley Girls

Dear Friends,

Greetings from the Indian Dreams Foundation!

 

(Menstrual hygiene management helping keep the girl in school)

“When I got my periods, my mother didn’t allow me to go to school during period days; even I was also afraid of being humiliated, so I just stayed at home,” says Deepa (name changed), a seventeen – year – old school girl.

Deepa is not alone, according to an early survey conducted by the organization under Smiley Days Project, a large ratio of girls miss up to three days of school each month because they have their periods. The reasons are many like shame, discomfort, private toilets facilities are often not accessible at school and lack of menstrual product. Along with these, cultural taboos are also a major reason behind the issue that prohibits girls & women from everyday activities. Misinformation & a lack of knowledge about menstruation and reproductive system in general compound the problem.

The awareness program on menstrual hygiene management (MHM) named SMILEY DAYS that IDF has been implementing to break down the stigma surrounding girls’ menstruation while educating girls & women on their changing bodies and menstruation hygiene management.

“We girls were afraid to talk about periods even with our mothers also but when we come to school and the IDF team has started to talk to us on periods and MHM. Now everyone, even the small girls who haven’t started their periods yet, they already know about changes during puberty and they take care of themselves and understood what to do when it comes to a period”,                                               says Poonam (name changed), a schoolgirl.

 

 

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

Many thanks again for your support!

 

Regards,

IDF Team

 
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