Support Hygiene Supplies to Flood Affected Women

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Girls in confident mood
Girls in confident mood

Dear Friends,

Greetings from Indian Dreams Foundation!

It is my pleasure to share our recent report on the progress of disaster relief project “WE CARE” which is dedicated to educate, sensitise and aware flood-affected population especially children, adolescent girls and women through counselling, awareness workshops, focus group discussion etc. 

In our previous reports, we have mentioned that we have conducted awareness session with school girls on the importance of menstrual hygiene management for their well-being. About 120 girls have participated and received the hygiene kits. Along with this, we have conducted WASH workshop for all school children and realised them the importance of hygiene practices.

During the awareness workshop at the flood-affected village, we met with a young woman Pooja who is twenty-six years old and has three children. The flood divested her badly, and she lost all her hopes for the better future. She is a single earner for her family, as she lost her husband due to lack of treatment; her husband was suffering from dengue fever, and he was not treated properly due to weak economic condition and inaccessibility of therapy in flood-affected areas. She has a responsibility of all his three children; she struggles a lot to manage meal for them.

She described that sanitation facilities were limited and they are practising open defecation which further contaminates water sources, exacerbating the risk of transmission of water-borne diseases. She mentioned "I afraid to go outside for nature calls; it becomes tougher for me when I get my monthly periods. I use cloths to manage my period blood and reuse it until torn”.

When our team asked her regarding what is menstruation & sanitary pad? She replied “I don’t know about menstruation, I think it’s a curse and god is punishing me. Sanitary Pad! What is this and how it looks like? I have not seen it before”.

Our team described the scientific phenomena behind menstruation and why Menstrual Hygiene is vital for every woman. The team provided her hygiene kits to manage her periods and transfer the same knowledge to her elder daughter to stay fit & healthy. She was happy to find sanitary pads and eager to use it during her next periods.     

Our continuous efforts to improve the lives of flood-affected adolescent girls and women are showing the positive impacts on their health. 

 

Do contribute to help us for the cause that can change the lives of the girls and women of the flood-affected areas.

  Thanks

Girls with their Hygiene Kit
Girls with their Hygiene Kit

Dear Friends,

Greetings from Indian Dreams Foundation!

We are happy to share the recent report of our project ‘We care’, a project dedicated to educate, sensitise and aware flood-affected population especially children,  adolescent girls and women through workshops, education sessions, and distribution of hygiene kits to follow the hygiene practices for their wellbeing. The Kit helps to prevent the unaware diseases and prevents to spread infections.

Previously, we have surveyed about 100 families of Hetmapur village, one of the villages of the Suratganj Block of the Barabanki District, Uttar Pradesh. Every year the residents of such village have to lose their lands, lives and money due to floods.Adolescent girls & women are the most suffering souls who have to manage their feminine days in terrible conditions without proper hygiene facilities. Many women described their situation in heartbreaking voice, and a high proportion of women do not use hygiene practices especially their menstruation due to lack of resources unavailable in the village and their unawareness towards their wellbeing.  

We mentioned in our previous report that we have disseminated information on health and hygiene and distributed hygiene kit to the adolescent girls and women of the flood-affected areas. To make this more impactful, recently we have conducted an education session on the use of sanitary pads, importance of using sanitary pads or clean clothes during menstruation to stay healthy and fit. We also strive to spread the message among the women that menstruation hygiene is every woman’s right even it is a matter of dignity.

During the session, we demonstrated how to use pads. A large proportion of girls and women never saw the sanitary pads before, and they were eagerly wanted to know about it. We have also described, why every girl every month menstruating? Moreover, much more we have discussed with them.  

We have also organized WASH (water, sanitation & hygiene) workshop in flood-affected schools to make school children aware towards the importance of WASH practices in their regular activities. We believe that young children are the right source to transform knowledge in their family members.

We distributed Stationery items like pencils, pen, sharpener, eraser, scale, notebooks etc. to the school children of the flood-affected areas to motivate them towards education.      

Our continuous efforts to improve the lives of flood-affected adolescent girls and women are showing the positive impacts on their health. 

Do contribute to help us for the cause that can change the lives of the girls and women of the flood-affected areas. 

Stationary Distribution
Stationary Distribution

 

Hetmapur Udhiya" is a small village in the "Batnera Village panchayat", located on the bank of Ghaghara River at the Suratganj block of the Barabanki district in the  Uttar Pradesh state of the India. Ghaghara is the river flows between two Gram Panchayats of Suratganj block, one of them is Tapesipah village, and another one is Hetmapur Udhiya village. Hetmapur Udhiya located right across the Elgin Bridge,  every year the residents of these villages have to lose their lands, lives and money due to floods. 

    In August 2017, district weather department had declared that Ghaghara River crossed its danger mark and now it came to the land surface. However, after the declaration of the flood, many families had lost their homes, lands, human lives, cattle, money resources, grains and almost devastated by this disaster. It was the most panic and suffering moments for the entire villagers. The villagers narrated their pains with tears in their eyes that the whole grounds,  agricultural fields, community health centre, schools,  and their huts were destroyed due to the flood. There was only water all around. Most of the families had left their homes in search of shelter and food for their children and other family members.

There are 156 families residents in Hetmapur Udhiya village. Some of the families were much affected by this disaster and counted with the human loss in the families.

 

"Poonam", a resident of the village told her story with sinking heart and tears in her eyes, "I have lost my husband in this flood. He was the single earning member of the family. Now, there is no other resource of income for us. Every morning brings a new challenge for Poonam to survive.

 Indian Dreams Foundation has conducted family and community survey in the flood-affected village and come with many shocking facts from the residents, post floods devastation.Initially, post flood, villagers had to face very crucial time for their survival, even they have to use toilets in flood only.Things become worst, and life worsens post flood for the villagers.

During the family survey, IDF founded that the sanitation was the significant issues for them. Most of the people especially adolescent girls and women were suffering from unhealthy hygienic practices and situation become worst during their menstrual.Most of the people go for toilets in the open defecation, due to this unhealthy practices, the significant ration of the population was severely affected by life-threatening disease likes dengue, cholera, and viral fever.

Indian Dreams Foundation has initiated spreading awareness among the villagers towards the health, hygiene and well being through workshop and counselling.

IDF also distributed a Health and hygiene kit (which contains bathing soap, Dish Wash Soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, Shampoo, Socks, Scarf, Panty and Sanitary Napkin) to approximate 300 girls and women of Hetmapur Gram Panchayat.

This activity has indicated positive changes among the villagers towards their health and hygiene practices for managing their lives affected by this disaster.

 

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Indian Dreams Foundation

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

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