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
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Dear friends,

A warm greeting from Indian Dreams Foundation!

We thank you from the core of our heart for your valuable support through GlobalGiving. Team IDF and beneficiaries wish you Happy New Year and hope the year 2019 will bring you a lot of success, happiness, peace and good health.

New Year has started to bring joy for us; in the starting of the year, Indian Dreams Foundation has earned the four badges on GlobalGiving. We want to thank you for your support to make it possible.

Moving a step forward towards our goal of equipping every girl and women with proper menstrual hygiene management knowledge, we are continuously organising awareness workshops in schools as well as communities to aware them good menstrual hygiene practices thus to reduce the risk of vaginal infections and other feminine diseases.

In coming months, we are going to launch Query/ Suggestion Box in the partner schools under Smiley Days Project that will help to collect queries & suggestions from school girls for easy access the services and guidance on menstruation and related topics. All the collected queries will be discussed with the experts.  The box will be known as SMILEY BOX.

Many thanks again for your support!

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

Regards,

Team IDF

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Sangeeta
Sangeeta

Dear Friends,

Wish you all a Happy Christmas and New Year 2019!

IDF is elated to come up with the story of a remarkable change in the life of an adolescent girl named Sangeeta, who is one of our beneficiaries.   

Sangeeta is 14 years old. She comes from a small village near Nagpur called Malkhed Budruk. Her village follows a very strict and an illogical 'reet' (custom) when a girl menstruates.

The menstruating girl is forced to live outside her own house in an isolated area. All her utensils are kept differentiated from the rest of the household and nobody is allowed to come in contact with her. She has to cook her own separate meal and is debarred from entering the house until her period gets over. In short, the girl is treated nothing short of an untouchable.

Sangeeta’s mother Rekha has done her schooling till class X but still used to follow the custom due to pressure from the older women of her house. She used to make her daughters also follow the same, even after shifting to Agra. Sangeeta, after studying in a partner school of IDF gained a lot of perspective about menstruation. She regular attends awareness workshops on menstrual health management. She is now more confident in life and has even encouraged her mother to break free from the shackles of old, irrelevant customs.

Her mother feels that Sangeeta is the driving force behind the change in her family. Now they have started their own 'reet', wherein they have started using pads instead of old cloth pieces. Sangeeta even helped her mother on how to use a sanitary napkin. Sangeeta and her sisters no longer have to stay outside their own homes during their periods or follow other humiliating practices which they were forced to previously.

Project SMILEY DAYS helps to change the old age mindsets of the slum dwellers & girls and creating stories of change. So far, we have touched more than 3000 girls & women through this project. It is our pleasure to share the stories of change from the ground. 

 

Thanks, 

Team IDF

Sangeeta with her mother
Sangeeta with her mother
Kamla, beneficiary of Smiley Days
Kamla, beneficiary of Smiley Days

Dear friends,

Huge greetings from Indian Dreams Foundation!

IDF is elated to come up with the story of a remarkable change in the life of a woman named Smt. Kamla (name changed) who is one of our beneficiaries. 

Kamla, 34 years old women, is a resident of an Urban slum in the locality ‘Kotli Bagichi’, Devri Road, Agra District, India. She has five children. She works in an Anganbadi Centre and earns Rs 2,000 per month. Her husband is labour earning Rs. 4,000 a month. He is an alcoholic and spends all his income on liquor.

Kamla was an orphan and had six siblings. She used to live with her grandparents. Owing to their weak financial crisis and weak health her grandparents got her married at the age of 15 years, her husband was18 years of age at that time. She was just a class 8thpass out at that time. After marriage, her education came to a halt. When she started menstruating post-marriage, she was muddled. According to her” I did not know anything about periods. At that time, neither did I have money nor information to buy a sanitary napkin. I was told to use a cloth by my sister-in-law”. She used to use an old cloth, which was hardly washed cleanly.

Moreover,at such a tender age, she gave birth to a baby boy, who passed away four months after birth. After which the going got tougher for her. She was continuously harassed both mentally and physically by her in-laws to give birth to a son. After five years she gave birth to a girl child who was unacceptable by her in-laws. After that, more mental and physical harassment followed. After two years, she gave birth to a son. However, her harassment did not stop. Her husband though being a class 10th pass out is a continuous perpetrator. Kamla, faces continuous violence, including sexual violence, psychological and emotional abuse. Her husband did not cooperate her financially and was not even interested in sending his children to school. She lived in an awful condition combined with unhygienic menstrual practices.

On a survey being conducted under project ‘Smiley Days ‘ of Indian Dreams Foundation', we came to know about Kamla's condition. So, an extensive counselling of her, her husband and in-laws followed. She was made to attend regular workshops under project 'Smiley Day’s where she came to know about the scientific process of menstruation, its importance and safe menstrual practices. She was also made aware regarding SRHR(Sexual Reproductive Health Rights). She learned that menstruation is not a monthly disaster but, a matter of pride as it reflects an overall well being.

Such was the impact of our efforts on Kamla that her life changed utterly. She started maintaining proper menstrual hygiene and also encouraged her daughter to do the same. All this led to the reduction of her menstrual woes. This encouraged her a lot and once timid and shy Kamla has now turned into an ambitious and happy woman. Now she resists violence created by her husband and arranges for police intervention.

She has also started working on empowering other women in her community under the designation of ‘Roshini Didi' given by the team IDF. She has embarked on a journey of creating menstrual awareness and aims to shatter all menstrual taboos by spreading awareness in her community. IDF is also getting the education of her kids sponsored under 'Honhar Ladki Program’. According to her “IDF has given wings to my dreams. Now I feel the urge to help other unaware women in my community. So, I  continuously interact with them on their menstrual troubles, makes them attend the smiley days workshops and accompanies them to a gynaecologist regarding their troubles”.

IDF is elated to see such a massive change in the life of Kamla and believes that it is these women who can shine and break the conventions from left, right and centre.

Kindly, keep on garnering your full support to us, so that IDF can march ahead and create more and more impact stories.

Regards,

Team IDF.

Kamla attending training session
Kamla attending training session
Girls with the confident smiles
Girls with the confident smiles

Dear friends,

A huge thanks to all the stakeholders and well-wishers for garnering support to our project and for the continuous motivation we are receiving which is in turn helping us in expanding our vision and strengthening our mission.

Moving a step forward towards our goal of equipping each and every girl with proper menstrual hygiene management, we conducted three awareness workshops in the month of November.

Our first workshop was held in Kamla Arun Inter College, Devri Road, Agra District, India where approximately 225 adolescent girls participated. This was one of our concurrent sessions with the girls. As these girls were previously made aware of the basic details of menstruation, we tried to further educate the girls on proper hygiene management to be followed during menstruation. We told the girls that it is very important to take bath and maintain a proper sanitation during their monthly menstrual cycle. The girls were informed about the importance of washing hands before and after changing the sanitary napkin, that the napkins should be changed after every 4-5 hours to avoid any infection and leakage. Also, we educated the girls about the importance of washing their genitals regularly with clean water. We made the girls aware of the stupid age-old myths regarding menstruation and that menstruation is not a matter of shame, but a matter of pride as it is a reflection of a healthy growth.

Our second workshop was organized at Kotli Bagichi, Devri Road, Agra District, India. Here, 110 girls and women actively participated. These women and girls were among our old beneficiaries. So, this time we extended our project to deliver information on a menstrual hygiene product called  ‘menstrual cup' to young girls and married women of the urban slum. It was not surprising for us to know that none of the girls has heard of the product before. So, we gave a complete demonstration of the product ranging from its usefulness, handling techniques and about its convenient usage. We were joyous to see all the women and girls taking great interest in the product.

A twenty four yearls old woman named 'Lalita' told that the problems like itching and burning sensation in the vaginal area experienced by her have heavily reduced after using sanitary napkins and maintaining proper sanitation which she was made aware of in the previous sessions of ‘Smiley Days’. She said Smiley kits proved to be a life-changing solution to her menstrual troubles. 

All the participating women vowed to follow good menstrual hygiene and also to teach their daughters proper menstrual management so that they do not have the little information which their mothers had before.

We conducted our third workshop in Kasturi Devi Jain Girls High School, Dhuliyaganj, Agra District, India. It was basically an interactive session between us and 30 school girls aged around 10-15 years. Among all the girls present only two were menstruating. Rest of them were completely unaware of what menstruation is all about. Here, we provided the girls with basic knowledge regarding menstruation through various diagrammatic representations. The two girls told us that they were skipping schools during periods since they felt ashamed of it. Their teachers were completely unaware of the mental state of these girls.

A 14 years old girl named 'Suman' described that she is refrained from doing basic household chores like cooking, washing linen and utensils, as well as from worshipping during her periods. We encouraged the teenaged girls not to be shy and hide their menstrual woes, but to discuss it openly with their teachers and mothers. Team IDF, tutored these girls to not take their periods as a burden and put a stop to their daily routine, but manage it with a proper sanitation and follow their day to day activities in a usual manner.

In the next step of the program, we will be distributing Smiley Cards to our new beneficiaries which will help the girls in keeping a track record of their menstrual hygiene.

Team IDF, need your full support to achieve its goal. So, kindly keep on showering us with your continuous support.

Thank you.

Regards,

Team IDF.

Smiley Girls with Smiles
Smiley Girls with Smiles
Interaction Session with school girls
Interaction Session with school girls
Awareness Session on MHM
Awareness Session on MHM
Addressing school girls
Addressing school girls
Addressing girls & women during workshop
Addressing girls & women during workshop

Dear Friends,

“Menstruation is a natural biological process which needs to be discussed openly. However, it is a matter of dignity”.

Indian Dreams Foundation is rigorously working to disseminate knowledge & education on Menstrual Hygiene Management through SMILEY DAYS PROJECT. 

We thank all stakeholders and well-wishers for their generous support and well wishes which motivate us to work dedicatedly in the areas of reproductive health & hygiene for the adolescent girls & women. 

We regularly conduct awareness workshops & counselling sessions with girls & women from the slums to motivate them to follow healthy & hygienic practices during menstruation.

Recently an Interaction Session on Menstrual Hygiene Management was held at Devri Road, Agra District, India. Approximately 110 adolescent girls and women from urban slums participated and shared their understanding of MHM.

During the interaction, various issues related to menstruation (including proper menstruation hygiene management) were discussed.  Senior women shared their old age mindsets towards menstruation that Menstruating women are treated as impure whether they take a bath or not. Family members do not like to eat food which is made by menstruating women.

Adolescent school girls said that we often call menstruation by different names so that no one understands we are talking about Menstruation. Few names are MC, Mahina, Down, Dates etc.

We were shocked when Smiley Days team asked the participants that who uses sanitary napkins on a regular basis? Among all the 110 participants only two girls raised their hands for using sanitary napkins during periods.  According to the participants’ responses, more than ninety-eight per cent girls and women use old clothes to manage their menstruation and sometimes create problems of infections in the form of itching, rashes, burns and smell etc.

Then the team motivated them to follow healthy & hygienic practices during menstruation whether they use old clothes or napkins. Before using the cloths, the cloths should be properly washed and dried in the sunlight. Smiley team also distributed sanitary napkins to all the participants and disseminated a message that Menstruation is a matter of dignity and symbol of good health, does not need to hide it and start discussing it. However, the massage of Smiley Days will reach in the broad masses.

Thank you so much for your continuous support.

Warm Regards,

Team IDF

Discussion with slums
Discussion with slums' women & girls
 

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Indian Dreams Foundation

Location: Agra, Uttar Pradesh - India
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Project Leader:
Punit Asthana
Agra, Uttar Pradesh India
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