Jul 11, 2019

Smiley Days - Interactive Workshop

Smiley Days workshop
Smiley Days workshop

Hi Friends,

Greetings!

Team Smiley Days has identified 20 new schools last month to establish a partnership with them and educate, aware & empower school girls towards puberty, MHM and well – being.

The schools have reopened after summer vacations and we have conducted an awareness workshop in newly identified school on 10th July. The school is located in a dense slum area. The girls who enrolled in this school come from the near communities and have no knowledge of their body. At the beginning of the awareness generation session, these girls looked shy & hesitated to hear the word “PERIODS”. Few of them hid their faces but others looked curious to know about the topic. We used an interactive way during the session by distributing blank paper & pen to everyone to write their queries on the topic.

We allowed them to mark on the paper if you are still using the cloth to absorb the menstrual flow. The Smiley Days team was shocked to know the results of this activity i.e. 40% girls marked that they use cloth sometimes, 10% girls marked that they use cloths on regular basis and only 50% girls use sanitary pads during periods. The team described that if you use cloths during periods, the few things always keep in mind i.e. always use clean & cotton cloth, the cloth should be properly washed & dried in the sunlight, always wash your hands with soap before & after changing the pads etc.

“I don’t wash my hair when I menstruate because my friends say, if I wash my hair during period days my eyesight will become low and I feel more pain in my abdomen. Didi! Is it true?” this question raised by Surbhi (name changed) a 15 years old girl. The team has collected many queries that mostly connected with the myths & taboos associated with the Periods.

The Smiley Days team is rigorously working to overcome the social barriers associated with menstruation by providing the right knowledge & information on MHM & reproductive rights.

We are very excited for GlobalGiving upcoming July 18 Bonus Day. Only a few days are left! This Bonus Day is all about matching BIG gifts that will help us to continue the project and making differences in the lives of women & girls. The JULY BONUS DAY is starting on Thursday, July 18.

The higher the donation, the higher the match!

 

We thank you for your support for the girls and women’s reproductive health and rights in India and we will continue to keep you updated about our work and stories from the field.

 

Regards,

Team IDF

Interaction with school girls
Interaction with school girls
Jul 5, 2019

Smiley Days Project - In Progress

Happy School Girls
Happy School Girls

Dear Friends,

Greetings from Indian Dreams Foundation!

We are happy to share the updates on SMILEY DAYS PROJECT. The team is active in the field to connect more girls & women with the project and provide them with the right knowledge on Menstrual Hygiene Management.

In the last month, the team has organized 12-15 group meetings with the slums’ women and collected their feedbacks on reproductive health issues. Below are the highlighted updates;

  • Organized 12-15 focus group meetings in the target communities that comprise approx. 20 women and girls per meeting.
  • Identified 5 new ROSHNI DIDIs (Community Change Agents)
  • Distributed 1500+ Sanitary Pads in a month.
  • Identified 15 New Schools to establish a partnership.

 

We are very excited for GlobalGiving upcoming July 18 Bonus Day. Only a few days are left! This Bonus Day is all about matching BIG gifts that will help us to continue the project and making differences in the lives of women & girls. The JULY BONUS DAY is starting on Thursday, July 18.

The higher the donation, the higher the match!

We thank you for your support for the girls and women’s reproductive health and rights in India and we will continue to keep you updated about our work and stories from the field.

 

Regards,

Team IDF

Jun 26, 2019

Do Not Shy On Menstruation - Be Proud

Confident Smiley Girls
Confident Smiley Girls

 

“I almost used to miss 45 – 48 days in a year just because of my period cramps and uncomfort. Although, I often skipped at least three days every month and some times more than three days were not enough to manage it. That directly impacted on my poor learning & performance in the classroom and I didn’t secure good scores in the final examination. I was in the 8th standard at that time. I lost all of my hope and confidence after saw the exam result.

I felt like periods are a curse for me. Because of that, I didn’t concentrate on my studies. I felt guilty on myself to be a menstruating girl that bleeds every month and doesn’t know why? I felt shame and hesitation to discuss my period issues even with my elder sister who had been menstruating for the last four years. I felt alone and devastated. There were lots of queries that I wanted to discuss with someone but my shame was restricted me for not telling with anyone. However, my mother told me that periods are dirty and there is no need to discuss it with anyone because people may laugh on you and consider you as a shameless girl. So please be silent on that issue”.

A girl named Rakhi (name changed) has come up with her story of shame towards menstruation. She is not the only girl in India who feels guilty once she starts menstruating. Too many girls cannot access the right knowledge & information on menstruation and they turn to become helpless and lose their confidence to cope up with the current situations.

The project Smiley Days are helping such girls to access them the right information at the right time on menstruation and related issues. Many girls like Rakhi attend regular awareness sessions on MHM and reproductive health in their schools as well as their communities on a regular interval.

 

Thanks to all for your generous support & love for this project that really changing the lives of many girls in India!

 

Regards,

Team IDF

Girls are doing yoga during awareness session
Girls are doing yoga during awareness session
 
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