Girls with their beautiful smiles
Greetings from the Indian Dreams Foundation!
We are happy to share the success stories of our beneficiaries and the impact of the project on the ground. The Smiley Days team regularly interacts with many adolescent girls and discusses their issues with providing them appropriate counseling/ guidance.
Today we came up with a story of change under the Smiley Days Project;
Ignorance leads to a problem that otherwise could have been avoided. Rakhi (name changed) is one such person who is ignorant about periods that caused her various difficulties. She was unfamiliar with the existence of a biological process called the Menstrual Cycle. She was shy and ignorant about periods until her mother introduced them to her when she attained menarche at the age of 12. She faced difficulty in using sanitary napkins but only after her cousin taught her the correct way of using them, she found it manageable.
However, the major issue she faced due to a lack of proper knowledge was the misconception of irregular periods. Not only Rakhi but also her mother was unable to guide her. Rakhi skipped periods for one year after menarche and as a consequence, she consulted a doctor. Medication leads to periods for two months but again she skipped periods for a year.
Team Smiley Days tried to educate her that after the first period, Menstrual Cycle takes some time to become normal and regular. Apart from this, the team informed her about some crucial aspects related to menstrual health, hygiene, and its management under Project Smiley days. In the process of taking feedback, the team came to know that her periods are regular now and she is very thankful to the organization and the Smiley Days project for assistance. Now Rakhi regularly attends awareness sessions under the project and she connected some of her friends with the project for taking guidance.
There are many success stories of the girls who become aware of their menstrual rights and well-being.
Thank you so much for your support!