Support for menstrual health for girls in India

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Support for menstrual health for girls in India
Support for menstrual health for girls in India
Support for menstrual health for girls in India
Support for menstrual health for girls in India
Support for menstrual health for girls in India
Support for menstrual health for girls in India
Support for menstrual health for girls in India
Support for menstrual health for girls in India
Support for menstrual health for girls in India
Support for menstrual health for girls in India
Support for menstrual health for girls in India
Support for menstrual health for girls in India
Support for menstrual health for girls in India
Support for menstrual health for girls in India
Support for menstrual health for girls in India
Support for menstrual health for girls in India
Support for menstrual health for girls in India
Support for menstrual health for girls in India
Support for menstrual health for girls in India
Support for menstrual health for girls in India
Support for menstrual health for girls in India
Support for menstrual health for girls in India
Support for menstrual health for girls in India
Support for menstrual health for girls in India
Support for menstrual health for girls in India
Support for menstrual health for girls in India
Support for menstrual health for girls in India
Support for menstrual health for girls in India
Support for menstrual health for girls in India
Support for menstrual health for girls in India
Support for menstrual health for girls in India
Support for menstrual health for girls in India
Support for menstrual health for girls in India
Support for menstrual health for girls in India
Support for menstrual health for girls in India
Support for menstrual health for girls in India
Support for menstrual health for girls in India
Support for menstrual health for girls in India
Support for menstrual health for girls in India
Support for menstrual health for girls in India
Support for menstrual health for girls in India
Support for menstrual health for girls in India
Support for menstrual health for girls in India
Support for menstrual health for girls in India
Support for menstrual health for girls in India
Support for menstrual health for girls in India
Support for menstrual health for girls in India
Support for menstrual health for girls in India
Support for menstrual health for girls in India
Support for menstrual health for girls in India
Support for menstrual health for girls in India
Support for menstrual health for girls in India
Support for menstrual health for girls in India
Support for menstrual health for girls in India
Support for menstrual health for girls in India
Support for menstrual health for girls in India
Support for menstrual health for girls in India
Support for menstrual health for girls in India
Support for menstrual health for girls in India
Support for menstrual health for girls in India
Support for menstrual health for girls in India
Support for menstrual health for girls in India
Support for menstrual health for girls in India
Support for menstrual health for girls in India
Support for menstrual health for girls in India
Support for menstrual health for girls in India
Support for menstrual health for girls in India
Support for menstrual health for girls in India
Support for menstrual health for girls in India
Support for menstrual health for girls in India
Support for menstrual health for girls in India
Support for menstrual health for girls in India
Support for menstrual health for girls in India
During Counselling Session with School Girls
During Counselling Session with School Girls

Dear Friends,

Greetings from Indian Dreams Foundation!

In the last few months, IDF has collected some impact stories in the area of menstrual health & hygiene; 

Impact Stories from The Field - 

1. Nisha (Beneficiary)

Nisha is 15 years old very active, and currently, she is school dropout. Her father is an excessive alcoholic. He works as shoe labour and spends his all income in liquor. He does not co-operate his family. He is very irresponsible towards his duties. Nisha's family lives in awful condition even there was no facility of the toilet in her home.

A few months ago, Nisha said in heart broking voice “my mother and elder sisters had to go to the open field for morning call whether it was winter or summer days. During our menstruation time, we faced a lot of issues and shame to go outside.  Sometimes, we had to go in the open in the night too it was very terrible for us.”

Although she added, "There were no toilet facilities in my school. During period days, we did not have any option by just staying at home".  "I left my school because I was unable to appear in my final exams due to my periods and I became drop out in the eighth standard’.  

She informed us, "After attending Smiley Days – Menstrual health awareness, I realised the importance of hygiene for good health and I started to pressurize my father for built a toilet in the home. My sisters also supported me and finally, I won. Now, I have a toilet in my home, and I enjoy my periods with dignity".  

Nisha said that Smiley Days is such a great project that gives smiles to the girls that help to lead a healthy & happy life. 

   

2. Nikki (Beneficiary)

Nikki is 17 years old a single parent girl (Only father is alive). Her mother was expired when she was just six years old. Now she lives with her father and sister. She said, "When I got my first periods, I was alone; no one could tell me about the periods or what was happened to me or why I was bleeding? Many questions in my mind created disturbance and lose my confidence to do regular activities. I faced many challenges as I did not know what to do”.

She said, "My school teachers did not tell me about periods, as well as none of my friends knew about it. They just laughed by hiding their faces. I was puzzled. I stopped going outside and stayed at home for a few days. That was a tough time for me. I asked help to my cousin sister who gave me an old piece of cloth and gave me a nasty smell, and she pointed me to use it to soak the bleeding. Since then, I only used cloth because didn't know the other option".

Nikki said, "last year, I attended an awareness workshop that was organised by Smiley Days Project team in my community. I came to know about the scientific process of the menstruation and why it is important for every girl. The cloth that I was using is not hygienic and can create the severe problem in regular usage. I received a packet of sanitary pads during the workshop that is a life-changing solution for me. Now I started to aware the other girls/ neighbours about menstruation and advantages of using sanitary pads”.

We are rigorously working to achieve positive impact through Smiley Days program in the slums of Agra (India). We always need your support & motivation to achieve high impact in the large masses.

Thank you so much for your support & well- wishes.

Regards,

Team IDF 

 

  

Girls are receiving the life changing solution...
Girls are receiving the life changing solution...
Girls & teachers during Smiley Days workshop
Girls & teachers during Smiley Days workshop

Dear Friends,

We thank all stakeholders and well-wishers for their generous support and well wishes which motivates us to do something more for the improvement and wellbeing of underprivileged girls and women through our initiated program “Smiley Days”. Our program is scaling its height at a broad level like reaching out to new communities and new girls and women.

This year “Smiley Days” program has reached up to 11 new slums and 5 new schools of Agra District as of today, we are in process to spread awareness on MHM & Puberty in new identified slums & schools; however young girls have no information about their body changes. We have designed our education sessions in such a way where they can easily discuss the related topics like changes in body, menstruation, hygiene issues etc.

However, in the last few months, IDF has been developing the capacity of the chosen SMILEY GIRLS CLUB in the areas of menstrual health & hygiene through regular discussion sessions & meetings.  The Smiley Girls Clubs are formed in different partner schools that consist, group of active school girls, those are working as catalysts and ambassadors for the Menstrual Health and spread the mission of the program.

Our identified Smiley Girls regular conduct peer counselling sessions with their related school girls to collect the queries, problems as well as monitors the progress of the girls. Smiley girls have collected a few queries of the schoolgirls and discussed with the IDF team;

Sanjana, 12th class, Member of Smiley Girls Club at C.P. Inter College collected below query;

Some school girls asked that “What should be used during menstruation? Is cloth is a good option?” However, our team has faced this question many times during awareness sessions with school girls & young women in slums; most of the girls have the same query. Our team suggested the girls use sanitary napkins during periods that are more comfortable and safe to avoid infections and make you feel confident.

 

Another question often asked by the majority of schoolgirls was;

“If a girl has heavy pain during its periods, then she should take painkillers for relief or not?” Our team explained her side effects of taking painkillers and advised to do regular exercise and if a girl does not get relief then she should consult with a Doctor.

 

In the next step of the program, we are in process to form Women’s Group in the target communities and name them ROSHNI DIDI CLUB. That club consists of active & influential women from the slums who will work with us as the catalyst and change agents and help to convey our message among the beneficiaries.   

 

 

We are rigorously working to change the mindsets of many girls and women towards positivity of the menstruation hygiene management (MHM) & the role of MHM in 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 a future also.

 

Thank you,

Team IDF

Addressing school girls during workshop
Addressing school girls during workshop
Sanjana, 12th class, a member of Smiley Girls Club
Sanjana, 12th class, a member of Smiley Girls Club

Dear Friends,

Greetings from Indian Dreams Foundation!

It is our pleasure to share the report on the progress of our project SMILEY DAYS that is dedicated to educating, empowering & aware adolescent girls and women for their menstrual health and hygiene issue. Under the project, we are targeting school girls from age 11 years onwards as well as communities' girls & women those are not enrolled in any schools. 

The project team is rigorously working to spread knowledge on Menstrual hygiene management (MHM) through awareness workshops, health camps, individual counselling, focus group meetings & provide them free menstrual kits that include sanitary pads, vaginal wash, panty etc. Moreover, we have formed SMILEY GIRLS GROUPS in the schools that work to bridge the gap between IDF team & school girls and regularly provide updates on girls’ health issues. We have also trained few school teachers for MHM.

Recently, we have organised an awareness workshop at an open area of the slum named Gopal Pura, WARD NO -2, Agra district to target slum’s women and girls. We have chosen open space for making them realise that Menstruation is not a topic of shame & disgust, even not a topic to discuss in the surrounded or closed rooms. However, Menstruation is a matter of Pride, Dignity and Sign of good health.                          

The workshop was interactive. Girls & women were directly interacted with the team & discuss their problems. During the interaction, various issues related to menstruation (including proper menstruation hygiene management, how to use cloth during periods, follow healthy habits and importance of nutritional diet etc.) were discussed.  More than 130 girls & women participated & received free sanitary pads.

This time we have extended our project to deliver information & knowledge on sexual reproductive health rights to the young women of the slums. Regarding this IDF team is surveying "Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights" of the slums' women and married girls in Agra district. The team has done surveyed approx. 650 girls & women from ten slums so far. Our target is to survey about 1000 girls & women by the mid of the July 2018.

Thank you, everyone, for your support & well – wishes.

Do contribute to help us for the cause that can change the lives of underprivileged girls and women.

Warm Regards,

Indian Dreams Foundation

  

Dear Friends,

Greetings from Indian Dreams Foundation!

It is a pleasure to share our recent report on the progress of Menstrual Hygiene Awareness Project "SMILEY DAYS". Under this project, we believe Menstrual hygiene is fundamental to the dignity and well being of women and girls and an essential part of the basic hygiene, sanitation and reproductive health services to which every women and girl has a right. Every girl has the right to access information on menstrual hygiene and proper sanitation facilities at their home as well as in the schools.

In Past few months, Smiley Days team has been rigorously working to provide education on Menstrual Hygiene Management to the school girls as well as slums girls who are not enrolled in the school and access them hygiene kits to manage their menstruation with dignity. We realise to every girl that Menstruation is not a matter of shame even it is a matter of Pride, to being healthy is everyone’s rights!  

We have conducted more than 20 Awareness workshops in different partner schools and reached more than 2000 girls.

Recently, we have conducted an Education Workshop on Importance of Menstrual Hygiene Management for the wellbeing of Women at S.S.M. Inter College, one of our partner schools. The interactive methods have been used to disseminate knowledge on Menstrual Hygiene Management like;

  • Interactive session with Gynecologists (female specialist),
  • Knowledge sharing session with different stakeholders like women, girls, school teachers, principals etc. 
  • Focus Group Discussion,
  • Access to information to understand the menstrual cycle and how to manage menstruation hygienically,
  • Access hygiene products to all the participants (Girls & Women) to follow hygiene practices during menstruation.

The workshop was concluded in eight sessions followed with refreshment for participants. Approximately 250 girls & women participated.

 

Below are the descriptions of all the sessions;

Session 1 -   Registration & Detailed Introduction to the workshop

The registration of the participants has done in this session and described the Importance of Menstrual hygiene management for well being of the women.

Session 2 – Biological reason & process of Menstruation

Dr Rekha Gupta (gynaecologist) described the biological reason behind menstruation. However, very few girls & women knew about the scientific reason for Why do girls bleed?

The participants were taught through posters & pictures of female reproductive parts in a detailed manner.

Session 3 - Importance of Menstrual Hygiene Management

Dr Nidhi Gupta (gynaecologist) provided knowledge to the participants on the usage of hygiene practices during menses and why it is essential for healthy body, mind & soul. 

They described the participants to follow hygiene practices to stay fit & healthy. Few crucial points they have discussed. Always use sanitary pads during menstruation to feel comfort & dry, Change pads on the regular interval, Wash hands before & after changing the pads and most important always use bins go through it – never throw on the street and flush the pads.

Session 4 – Relation to Education and Good Health

In this session, our counsellors Ms Pushpa Devi mentioned the relation of girls' education with their good health. She described if the girl is educated then they can take care of her health properly. Many girls skip their schools during menstruation due to inappropriate use of menstrual products; comfort situation and the shortage of girls’ toilets in the schools etc.               The experts highlighted the importance of safe, sanitary practices commencing from washing the genital area with water after each use and also after urination. The sanitary napkins need to be changed regularly after 4 to 5 hours to avoid any leakage, odor and infections.

 

Session 5 - Good health is a matter of wellbeing

Under this session, our counsellors shared few of the case studies with the participants to motivate them to follow healthy WASH practices and emphasised to follow healthy habits for everyone's' wellbeing.  

Session 6 – Description of Hygiene Kit

All participants received Hygiene kit that contains eight sanitary pads, one vaginal wash, 1 Panty, 2 Soaps and Information leaflet. Our team described the kits to the proper usage of the products. They have also demonstrated the proper hand washing steps to follow the proper health. 

Session 7 – Question & Answering Session

In this session, participants were asking there queries on topics as mentioned earlier and an expert panel was given responses.

Below are the few questions the participants were asked during the program –

"Why does my daughter get much pain during menstruation"- Smt. Kamlesh, 35 years.  

"My daughter is 15 years old, but till date, her menstruation has not started, why?"  Asked by          

  Smt. Manju Devi, 37 Years.   

“My periods long last for 8-10 days, what is the reason?” Asked by Soniya, 14 years (Student)

“What is the best way to wash cloth during periods?” Asked by Bhavna, 14 years  

 

Session 8Distribution of Hygiene kits & Eatables

The seminar was ended with the distribution of hygiene kits to the participants followed by refreshments/ eatables. Each participant was collected its hygiene kit at the registration desk. 

 

However, this time more success has been added to the SMILEY DAYS project, few more Smiley Girls & SAKHIS (Change Agents) have been created. Change Agents are the women/ older girls of their community who represents Smiley Days Goals and works as a catalyst for our project.

"I feel proud to associate with Smiley Days Project. I am happy to associate with the projects’ mission and spreading knowledge on Menstruation among many women of my community. Previously, I had also a very little knowledge of menstruation even I thought that it's a curse for women. But now I realised the importance of Menstruation and how it effects on our life. I do not want that my daughters would get little information which I had before. Even I want to become powerful and empower, although they can manage their periods with proud. Thanks, IDF for giving me such opportunity to spread knowledge and also thanks to recognize me as a Change Agent for my community", said Mamta, 34, mother of four (three daughters and one son)   

 

IDF is thankful to all donors for helping girls and women to gain confidence and motivation to live a healthy and happy life.

 

Warm Regards,

Indian Dreams Foundation

Dear Friends,


Wish you all a happy new year from the IDF Team and beneficiaries!

It is our pleasure to share our report on the progress of “Smiley Days Project”. Thank you for all your support, contribution and well wishes throughout the previous year that gave us the strength to move forward towards well being of the adolescent girls and women from underprivileged communities.We expect the same or more support this year also so that we can be able to reach out to the new communities with hope and motivation.

We are at Indian Dreams Foundation rigorously working to provide dignity to every girl and kindle the smiles on every girl’s face by providing them right knowledge & information about the periods.


In our last report, we mentioned that we introduced SMILEY KITS (includes sanitary pads, vaginal wash & panty) and SMILEY CARD that helps to maintain hygiene and stay healthy during the menstrual days. The project team has been busy in distributing kits and issuing Smiley Cards to the girls who are the part of the project. So far approx. 400 kits have distributed, and 250 cards have released to the girls.


We have designed the Smiley Card in such a way to track and monitor the monthly status of the girls during periods. Every girl who is registered under the project gets a Smiley Card that also connects her directly to our Expert Panel (Gynecologists & counsellors) for the consultation. The Smiley Card is monthly monitored by field staff and Smiley Girls Club which is assigned to all the partner schools.


We would like to share some comments of the beneficiaries during workshop & Smiley kit distribution sessions-
We have conducted many sessions in the partner schools where girls have shared their experience with our counsellors and team members that help us to know the real situation of the girls.

Some have much inspired and motivated by the project and transfer the same knowledge to the other girls who live in their neighbourhood.


Richa, 16 years, living in a slum of Agra says “Once I have attended a Smiley Days workshop which organized in my school. That day I realised the importance of toilet for every girl. I realised that this is not just a matter of hygiene but moreover this is the matter of DIGNITY for every girl. My parents did not give importance to the toilet that’s why the toilet was not at our home. My family comprises four females and two males. We used to do open defecation nearby the roadside.

Many times I assaulted by useless people, and I felt awkward to go outside for defecation. When I attended the workshop in my school, I told to my mother to build a toilet at home, but she refused to say that your father was not allowed to having a toilet at home. However, I did not stop to convince them. I started fasting for my dignity. Whole days passed but my father did not give me a positive sign when I refused to do any household work along with continues fasting.

Then finally, I convinced both of my parents to build a toilet. I feel happy to have a toilet at home. Now all the female members of my family are proudly managing their menstruation. I want to thanks, Indian Dreams Foundation for such a great project."
As the New Year has begun, we are excited to reach out to more girls and women through this project with your continuous support.
Again we wish you and your family a happy new year and this year will give you lot of happiness & wealth.
Do contribute to help us for the cause that can change the lives of underprivileged girls and women.

Warm Regards,
Indian Dreams Foundation

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Location: Agra, Uttar Pradesh - India
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