Sr No. 208 The Friendly Guide to Periods for Girls, Menstrupedia, the comic book.

 

Sr No. 208

 

The Friendly Guide to Periods for Girls, Menstrupedia, the comic book.

 

I happened to come across this comic book, Menstrupdia, thanks to a radio host friend Anita. She knew I am writing a book on inspiring women and sent me, and my co-author, Laila, an invite to a book launch in which I discovered this gem, a wonderfully fun and informative book created by Aditi Gupta http://menstrupedia.com/blog/

 

This, posted below, was our first rural workshop to educate girls about menstruation, with the help of a ‘comic’ book, Menstrupedia, through storytelling.

 

When we began to buy and distribute these comic books for schools in Mumbai, underprivileged schools, and reached out to people to help us reach such schools, it was Dhwani Doshi who was the first one to reach out to us. She volunteered to take these workshops to some schools within her reach. She has a nose for ‘education’ and on reading about the nature of this informative and myth bursting book she immediately saw the potential in educating girls not as fortunate as herself in knowing what girls and women need to be told/know about menstruation.

 

I had meant to reach out to urban schools in Mumbai, however, Dhwani took it far beyond my own limitations. Thanks to Dhwani, the book has opened up a path forward…not just for her but many girls and schools she reached out to. She briefed the teachers and the girls on how to hold the interactive session with their students with the aid of this book in print and digital form. After which they will list down the gynecological issues the girls face.

 

The English copy of the book handed over by Dhwani to Ms. Reyna Rupani of The School Of Life, a NGO in Juhu Versova Link Road. And through the Rotary Club of Mumbai Coastline Dhwani reached out to a school at Raigad, rural Maharashtra. The photos below are from the Zilla Parishad School at Raigad. Thank you Dhwani.

This was also possible because of the books being donated by Picto Writ. Thank you very much, Picto.

 

And thank you to Priyanka and Advait too, donors of these books that we have distributed to a school and NGO in Pune, run ny Mukul Madhav Foundation, http://www.mmpc.in/

who has gone on to purchase 50-60 copies to distribute to 50-60 rural schools that they cater to in Maharashtra, the initiative being led by Rita Chhabria. Rita has taken a GIANT step forward in this initiative and has told her medical team and professional educators to include boys during these workshops, because it’s not just a ‘men’s’ issue. The first person I know who has thought of including boys in these workshops. Great! Women have always been an integral part of our souls, and boys must be sensitized to this subject at an early age, it will make us men more sensitive beings, I too believe. We will share the feedback we receive from Mukul Madhav’s rural workshops with you in a few weeks, so that we all can get more sensitized to an ‘issue’ that should concern us MEN too.

 

Some people may think, that giving their money for any worthy cause is charity. So is the giving of your time. Money has a immense value, however, time is invaluable. Thanks to people like Dhwani who offer/volunteer their emotions and time to any worthy cause.

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Sr No 207; A little joy goes a long way.

 

Sr no 207
 
“A little joy goes a long way.”
 
Sai (9) has Cerebral Palsy; he is studying in the 3rd standard at ADAPT school, Bandra. He lives at Mahim with his parents.
 
Sai has a speech impairment, but, the people who live with him, and his teachers, can understand every word he speaks. His legs are too weak to carry him ably, so he crawls to get around. He receives regular physiotherapy at ADAPT school to strengthen his limbs.
 
As Sai is growing older and a little bigger, a little heavier, it is becoming difficult to carry him around. His parents reached out for assistance in buying a wheelchair for him. His mother is a graduate and was once a working woman, however, because Sai needed full-time care, she left her job and is a homemaker and full-time caregiver. She is amongst the many strongest women I’ve met.
 
Sai is just like us. If you snatch the TV remote from his hands, he gets very upset. And when he is happy, he crawls all over the house in excitement! A little joy goes a long way. His favorite sweet is KINDER JOY Chocolate Candy.
 
Sai is just like us. He has a dream. He wants to work in an office with a laptop. However, for Sai’s parents, their ambition, dream and goal for Sai is – TO MAKE HIM WALK ON HIS OWN LEGS!, without any instrument or human support.
 
At the moment, his siblings are big supports too, they pitch in to take care of him and to play with him. His biggest asset is, his paternal grandmother.
 
I asked Sai’s mother about some of the challenges parents and family of a differently abled child face… so that we ‘abled’ people may learn from those not as fortunate as us…… she said ….. “…. we have so much support from my husband’s parents, to bring up this child, that I have realised emotional and spiritual strength from our family and friends, and our own emotional strength, is far more important than our financial strength.
Thank you for helping us buy this wheelchair, however, I will make it redundant one day, because, it is my ambition, our family’s collective ambition, that I will make Sai walk on his own two feet someday, one day! For sure!”
 
Yes, we can manage with a little less money but we all need a lot of love. Lots.
I know of a relatve who needs such care, it made me realise the importance of family and friends who you feel you will need someday to pitch in, with just their emotional support. When you feel pulled down, beieve me – even a phone call to hear your friend or relative makes you feel you will see this through.
It also makes you realise there are only a handful of people you can really count on, call randomly just to hear their voice, and that makes you stronger emotionally and more independent. It also makes you more astute in choosing who you choose to spend most of your time and emotions on.
 
Such support from family and a few friends is also a kind of ‘immense-wealth’ we need to nurture, and we could achieve that if we will be there for some others before expecting them to be there for us. It’s often about giving before receiving.
 
Thank you Picto Writ and NS for buying this wheel chair for Sai. His parents contributed nearly one third towards it. Thank you Health Care Equipments, Vile Parle, for giving them a good discount and service on their purchase of this wheelchair.
 
And we bought him Kinder Joy too,because a little joy goes a very long way.
 
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