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Wednesday, 8 April 2020

TAKING CARE OF MENSTRUAL HEALTH DURING QUARANTINE


TAKING CARE OF MENSTRUAL HEALTH DURING QUARANTINE
During quarantine, it is extremely important for everyone to maintain hygiene by bathing regularly and wearing clean, well ironed clothes. An important thing for girls is to keep in mind their menstrual hygiene which a lot of them tend to ignore. Carelessness can lead to infections thus it is important to take care of oneself.
1.       Keep changing pads/ tampons regularly- Keep changing napkins and other things of use after usage of 6-8 hours. This is done to avoid the development of any kind of bacteria that may be harmful.
2.      Increase water intake- Drinking 2-3 litres of water everyday will ensure that the flow is good and there is less bloating and cramps.
3.      Reduce intake of sugar/ carbs and consume more fruits- During PMS, mood swings can take a toll on one’s health thus leading to BINGE EATING. This can lead to cramps and weight gain. To avoid this, one must increase our fruit intake to get more nutrition.
4.      Do a light exercise- Exercises like walking, yoga, stretching and dancing can increase blood flow releasing endorphins or happy hormones to put you in a better mood.
5.      Sleep on time and avoid caffeine- This will ensure that you feel fresh and rejuvenated. For caffeine, use substitutes like ginger ale, lemon water and herbal tea to help you with those cramps and sore muscles.

-Tvisha

Friday, 3 April 2020

HEEALS Food Program

HEEALS Food Program

Distributed Food Packets Among Community Members In Gurgaon . India Fights Corona 
Stay home Stay Safe !!
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Be Calm ,Be Silent ,Be Kind !
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Monday, 30 March 2020

MINDFULNESS IN THE TIME OF QUARANTINING


MINDFULNESS IN THE TIME OF QUARANTINING
Quarantine is a very emotionally vulnerable time and it is very important to practice mindfulness for a calm and peaceful lifestyle. While the world is struggling with new Corona Virus cases everyday and more than 3 billion people are under a lockdown, we are under a threat of developing problems like anxiety and depression. We can take certain steps to ensure that our mental health remains good and we take care of ourselves.
1.       Work out in small time gaps- The next time you see a short ad break on television, get up and do a quick 30 round of squats and lunges. While washing dishes, practice heel rising. While waiting for milk to boil in the kitchen, do 10 pushups. This will ensure that there is good blood circulation in the body.
2.      Skipping and Hula Hoop: A skipping rope or hula hoop are available with most people at home, so start working out in small sets every morning and let those happy hormones out.
3.      Dancing- The best way to sweat it out while relaxing your mind is to dance. Put on your favorite music and dance with your family for as much time as you can. Not only will it help you to remain fit and happy, but will also ensure that you make new memories.
4.      Walk up and down the stairs- For all those people who have stairs at home, the stairs can be the best way to tone your lower body. Go up and down the stairs as much as you can.
5.      Stretch- As soon as you wake up in the morning, do a nice set of stretching. Take your arms straight up and touch your toes. Sway your upper body in all directions. This little exercise will help you become more active.
6.      Yoga and meditation- The importance of these is known worldwide and is well proven. Sit on the ground on a yoga mat or a bed sheet and do deep breathing. This can be followed by a an asana. ( See our HEEALS latest posts for all good yoga asana). Start meditating by closing your eyes and concentrating on the tip of your nose or the centre of your forehead. It will help you feel more calm and composed.

-Tvisha

Sunday, 22 March 2020

World Water Day, on 22 March

The World Water Day 2020 campaign explains statements such as:
  • We cannot afford to wait. Climate policy makers must put water at the heart of action plans.
  • Water can help fight climate change. There are sustainable, affordable and scalable water and sanitation
    solutions.
  • Everyone has a role to play. In our daily lives, there are surprisingly easy steps we can all take to address climate change.
World Water Day, on 22 March every year, is about focusing attention on the importance of water. This year’s theme, ‘Water and Climate Change’, explores how water and climate change are inextricably linked.
As the global population grows, so does the demand for water, which depletes natural resources and damages the environment in many places. Solutions include protecting carbon sinks such as oceans and wetlands, adopting climate-smart agricultural techniques, and increasing the safe reuse of wastewater.
Water is our most precious resource – we must use it more responsibly. We must balance all of society’s water needs while ensuring the poorest people don’t get left behind.
Hand hygiene is essential to containing the spread of COVID-19, as well as other infectious diseases. If you have access to soap and water.
 On this World Water Day, and any other day, remember to wash your hands regularly with water and soap or with an alcohol-based hand gel.
This #WorldWaterDay, let’s show our best hand hygiene moments to fight #COVID19.
#SafeHands on #WorldWaterDay #heeals #ngo #india

Friday, 20 March 2020

SAFE DURING THE CORONA VIRUS PANDEMIC






SOME GUIDELINES FOR STAYING SAFE DURING THE CORONA VIRUS PANDEMIC
With the number of cases in India already crossing 200 and increasing rapidly, there has been a sense of panic among the people. With numerous rumors and Whatsapp forwards, people have been exposed to information that may or may not be true and has no credibility. Thus, all people are requested to undertake the following measures seriously as prescribed by the Ministry of Health guidelines:
1.       Keep washing your hands thoroughly at regular intervals.
2.      Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
3.      Stay at home when sick.
4.      Practice social distancing
5.      Wear a mask if showing symptoms like coughing.
6.      Keep a sanitizer handy and disinfect things regularly.
7.      Always use a tissue while coughing or sneezing.
8.     If you have fever, cough or difficulty in breathing, seek medical help immediately.
9.      Do not hoard items due to panic buying.
10.  Avoid use of public transport for some time. Prefer to work from home.
11.   Stay at home and avoid gatherings of more than 10 people.
12.   Always keep masks and sanitizers in reach.

Remember, there is no need to panic. The government is doing a great job towards containing the pandemic. As responsible citizens it is our duty to ensure that we fight this together and take all guidelines seriously. Each individual must try to spread as much awareness as possible. The mortality rate is low. WE CAN FIGHT THIS TOGETHER!!
Wishing Good Health For All From HEEALS Team
-Tvisha




Tuesday, 17 March 2020

INTERNSHIP VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES IN FORMAL & INFORMAL EDUCATION PROJECTS

INTERNSHIP VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES IN FORMAL AND INFORMAL
EDUCATION PROJECTS
Formal education refers to the education that takes place in the education and training system of a country. It is official, structured and is organized by public organizations or recognized private institutions and results with formal certification recognized by relevant national educational authorities. In simple terms, this means that the certification of completion of education that we receive at the end of our education period is the end result or proof of our skills and knowledge.

Formal education is mainly full – time education and is a continuous process with defined stages. Formal education encompasses primary, lower and upper secondary education, higher and university education that culminate in the achievement of a degree or a professional qualification or diploma or a recognized certification. School education is given utmost importance all across the world because it lays the foundation of a child’s bright future by providing him/ her  a platform to showcase and make full use of the unique talents s/he possesses. This not only helps an individual to do well financially, but also helps him/ her to bring about impactful changes around them.
Non-formal learning is characterized by a deliberate choice of the person, which takes place outside of the systems mentioned above. This include educational and training purposes, even volunteering, the national civil service, private social service and in enterprises.
 Non – formal education is also any type of structured and organized learning which is institutionalized, intentional and planned by an educational provider, but which does not lead to formal level of qualification recognized by the relevant national education authorities. People of all age groups can participate in non - formal education which can be offered through courses, workshops, seminars.
Non formal education is as important as formal education, because it helps an individual to enhance their personality by learning certain soft skills that help develop the emotional quotient of the person. Activities done selflessly for the benefit of others can take a person a long way. It not only gives satisfaction for having done a good deed, but can also bring about big changes in society and the lives of those in need.
Countries across the world, including India, welcome volunteers from across the world to selflessly engage themselves in both formal and informal education projects through a wide range of internship and volunteering programs. In India, there is a need to spread awareness among children in several domains like menstruation, sanitation, gender equality, sexual exploitation etc. Thus, volunteers are required to spread this message in a friendly and easy to learn manner. Through small changes, we can transform our upcoming generations into responsible and wise citizens.
At HEEALS, we invite people from all across the world, who have the time, intention and relevant skills to make a difference in society, to come and intern with us. For us, both formal and informal education is equally important in the life of a child. We aim at making the lives of children belonging to poor financial backgrounds a better place by providing those opportunities to explore and showcase the unique talent that they possess. Come work with us today!


-Tvisha

Sunday, 8 March 2020

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY #EachForEqual 2020 An Article By Tvisha


INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY
#EachForEqual 2020

International Women’s Day (8 March) is a global day celebrating the social, political, economic and cultural achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for working towards women’s equality. Imagining life without women is quite hard-hitting. The fact remains that all the great people of the world are born from the womb of a woman and it is a woman from whom those great people have taken their initial teachings. And that is the reason we have always emphasized upon giving the due respect to women in their life. And that is why women’s day is celebrated with so much of zeal and it has spread throughout the world.

This year’s campaign, #EachForEqual, draws attention to the difference individuals can make.
Celebrating women is a way of feeling gratitude to each and every woman in one’s life, be it in the professional or the personal life. International Women’s day is observed every year on 8th of March and it is observed around the world to celebrate the velour of women. Women from various cultural and ethnic groups come together crossing all the boundaries to remember their struggle of many decades for peace, justice, equality and development. The day allows women to raise their voice for equal opportunities in whatever field they wish to participate in;  the same men are provided with. Women like Mary Kom, Saina Nehwal and Malala Yusufzai have achieved so much in life despite facing struggles and inspire us through their journey to do better in life.
International women’s Day is all about feeling women realize their worth and giving them boost to achieve as per their actual potential. On this day the world unites to appreciate their courage to cross all the hurdles and make such tremendous improvement in all most all the spheres of life. Besides that, the most important thing to be given emphasis is the work that still needs to be done to fill that gap completely that has existed from ages.

So let us come together and celebrate the spirit of being a woman and thank the women in our life through little gestures of care. Women have contributed so much to society through their achievements in different fields. It is time for us now to appreciate their efforts by doing our bit. It is time for us now to work actively towards issues like gender equality, equal work- equal pay and women safety so that all women feel safe and valued not just on one particular day, but every day.

-Written By : Tvisha 


Happy International Women's Day From HEEALS


Women's Identification Is Bringing Prosperity In The World - HEEALS


Happy International Women's Day !

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY
#IWD2020 #EachforEqual
March 8, 2020

Women's Identification Is Bringing Prosperity In The World - HEEALS 
We Are Making Gender Equality Society . Be a part of it .




Friday, 6 March 2020

FIGHT AGAINST CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION (CSE)


FIGHT AGAINST CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION (CSE)  
In simple terms, Sexual exploitation is an act or acts committed through non-consensual abuse or exploitation of another person’s sexuality for the purpose of sexual gratification, financial gain, personal benefit or advantage, or any other non-legitimate purpose.
The act or acts of sexual exploitation are STRICTLY PROHIBITED by law.
WHAT  DOES CHILD  EXPLOITATION  LOOK  LIKE?
Child sexual exploitation is a type of sexual abuse. When a child or young person is exploited they're given things, like gifts, drugs, money, status and affection, in exchange for performing sexual activities. Children and young people are often tricked into believing they're in a loving and consensual relationship. This is called grooming. They may trust their abuser and not understand that they're being abused.
Children and young people can be trafficked to be sexually exploited. Sometimes abusers use violence and intimidation to frighten or force a child or young person, making them feel as if they've no choice. Anybody can be a perpetrator of exploitation, no matter their age, gender or race. Children and young people who are exploited may also be used to 'find' or coerce others to join groups.
SIGNS OF CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION
  • Unhealthy or inappropriate sexual behavior
  • Being frightened of some people, places or situations.
  • Bring secretive.
  • Sharp changes in mood or character.
  • Having money or things they can't or won't explain.
  • Physical signs of abuse, like bruises or bleeding in their genital or anal area.
  • Alcohol or drug misuse
  • Sexually transmitted infections.
  • Pregnancy.
  • going missing for periods of time or regularly returning home late
  • skipping school or being disruptive in class
  • Experiencing health problems that may indicate a sexually transmitted infection.
  IF A CHILD REPORTS ABUSE
If a child talks to you about sexual exploitation it's important to:
  • listen carefully to what they're saying
  • let them know they've done the right thing by telling you
  • tell them it's not their fault
  • say you'll take them seriously
  • don't confront the alleged abuser
  • explain what you'll do next
  • report what the child has told you as soon as possible.

EFFECTS OF CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION

Both sexual exploitation in person and online can have long-term effects on a child or young person. They may:
    • struggle with trust and be fearful of forming new relationships
    • become isolated from family and friends
    • fail exams or drop out of education
    • become pregnant at a young age
    • experience unemployment
    • have mental health problems
    • make suicide attempts
    • abuse alcohol and drugs
    • take part in criminal behavior
    • Experience homelessness.


REPORTING SEXUAL ABUSE
Increased attention in the activism around child protection led to the Government of India passing the ‘The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO)’ law in 2012. This act criminalizes a range of acts including rape, harassment, and exploitation for pornography involving a child below 18 years of age and mandates the setting up of Special Courts to expedite trials of these offences. A complaint can be filed under this act and immediate action will be taken.  
PREVENTING CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION
Following are some steps that can be taken to spread awareness among children regarding sexual exploitation:
1.      Teach children and young people about healthy relationships and how to stay safe online can help prevent sexual exploitation. These foundations can be laid from a young age.
2.      Make sure children and young people know there are trusted adults they can speak to about their worries.
3.       Helping children to understand their bodies and sex in a way that is appropriate for their age
4.      Developing an open and trusting relationship, so they feel they can talk to you about anything
5.      Explaining the difference between safe secrets (such as a surprise party) and unsafe secrets (things that make them unhappy or uncomfortable)
6.      Teaching children to respect family boundaries, such as privacy in sleeping, dressing and bathing
7.      Teaching them self-respect and how to say no
8.      Supervising internet, mobile and television use

-Written By Tvisha 


Wednesday, 26 February 2020

"ATITHI DEVO BHAVA" (The Guest Is God)

VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES IN INDIA
India is a country of a kaleidoscope of cultures with umpteen variations in food, clothing, language, music, festivals and religious beliefs. The country is home to four of the world’s biggest religions and each individual has the right to practice their own rites and rituals. The variations in climatic condition, land structure and political set-up have resulted in considerable differences in dress, food habit and social customs and practices. With religion comes the spirit of celebration. Major festivals are celebrated across the country with equal fervor while several others are celebrated locally with great enthusiasm.
In short, the variations of India’s cultural diversity are strung together with the string of peace and harmony. India is indeed an ‘embodiment of unity in diversity’.
Keeping the spirit of ‘ATITHI DEVO BHAVA’ (the guest is god) alive, India has always provided opportunities for people across the world to volunteer in several fields across the country. Not only are people able to experience the cultural diversity of the country, but also witness the extravagance of our festivities. Thus it is a two-fold opportunity that provides a chance to learn and while having fun. Doing voluntary work in India can help you get a feel of Indian culture while doing your bit and bringing about a change in the lives of those in need. Several non government organizations across the country invite students and professionals from across the world to work and learn with them.
Volunteering can be done in several domains
  1. Teaching children
  2. Contributing to Community Development
  3. Empowerment of  Women Throughout India
  4. Working with Children with Disabilities
  5. Providing Healthcare Services
  6. Becoming a Dental Volunteer
  7. Combining Yoga & Volunteering
  8. Helping with Construction Projects

If you are willing and able to donate your time, there are almost endless ways you can volunteer for a worthy cause in India. Whatever your skills and interests, you’re likely to be able to find a volunteer program that will enable you to provide concrete assistance as well as have a meaningful and memorable time. Travelers who have participated in this experience have enjoyed the sheer variety of sights and experiences included, traveling with others and making friends, as well as the professionalism of the organizations.

To experience the vibrance of colors and the spirit of brotherhood in the upcoming festival of Holi, tourists from across the world travel to India and actively engage themselves in the festivity. This naturally becomes an excellent opportunity to make your travel worthwhile. Holi is known to endorse the spirit of giving. Thus one can make full use of every opportunity by filling the lives of the needy with happiness through little efforts.

So we at HEEALS invite people from across the world to come enliven the spirit of Holi while contributing their bit to society and experiencing the beauty of
‘Incredible India’.

By -Tvisha

Monday, 17 February 2020

UNDERSTANDING THE CORONA VIRUS OUTBREAK



Corona viruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). It is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people. Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death. 
PREVENTIONS
1.      Regular hand washing: Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand rub if your hands are not visibly dirty.
2.      Covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing: When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – discard tissue immediately into a closed bin and clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water
3.       Thoroughly cook meat and eggs: Handle raw meat, milk or animal organs with care, to avoid cross-contamination with uncooked foods, as per good food safety practices.
4.      Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing
5.     Practice respiratory hygiene
6.      Maintain social distancing: Maintain at least (3 feet) distance between yourself and other people, particularly those who are coughing, sneezing and have a fever. When someone who is infected with a respiratory disease, like 2019-nCoV, coughs or sneezes they project small droplets containing the virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the virus.

7.      Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth: Hands touch many surfaces which can be contaminated with the virus. If you touch your eyes, nose or mouth with your contaminated hands, you can transfer the virus from the surface to yourself. 

8.      If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early: Whenever you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing it’s important to seek medical attention promptly as this may be due to a respiratory infection or other serious condition. Respiratory symptoms with fever can have a range of causes, and depending on your personal travel history and circumstances, 2019-nCoV could be one of them.

9.       Practice general hygiene measures when visiting live animal markets, wet markets or animal product markets: Ensure regular hand washing with soap and potable water after touching animals and animal products; avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with hands; and avoid contact with sick animals or spoiled animal products. Strictly avoid any contact with other animals in the market (e.g., stray cats and dogs, rodents, birds, bats). Avoid contact with potentially contaminated animal waste or fluids on the soil or structures of shops and market facilities.

10.  Wearing a medical mask can help limit the spread of some respiratory disease: However, using a mask alone is not guaranteed to stop infections and should be combined with other prevention measures including hand and respiratory hygiene and avoiding close contact – at least (3 feet) distance between yourself and other people.


SOME POINTS TO KEEP IN MIND
1.      Hand dryers are not effective in killing the virus.
2.     UV lamps should not be used to sterilize hands or other areas of skin as UV radiation can cause skin irritation.
3.      Thermal scanners are effective in detecting people who have developed a fever (i.e. have a higher than normal body temperature) because of infection with the new corona virus. However, they cannot detect people who are infected but are not yet sick with fever. This is because it takes between 2 and 10 days before people who are infected become sick and develop a fever.
4.       Spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body will not kill viruses that have already entered your body. Spraying such substances can be harmful to clothes or mucous membranes (i.e. eyes, mouth). Be aware that both alcohol and chlorine can be useful to disinfect surfaces, but they need to be used under appropriate recommendations.
5.      It is safe to receive packages from China as they are not at risk of contracting the new corona virus. From previous analysis, we know corona viruses do not survive long on objects, such as letters or packages.
6.     At present, there is no evidence that companion animals/pets such as dogs or cats can be infected with the new corona virus. However, it is always a good idea to wash your hands with soap and water after contact with pets. This protects you against various common bacteria such as Salmonella that can pass between pets and humans.
7.     Vaccines against pneumonia, such as pneumococcal vaccine and Homophiles influenza type B (Hib) vaccine, do not provide protection against the new corona virus.
8.      There is no evidence that regularly rinsing the nose with saline has protected people from infection with the new corona virus. There is some limited evidence that regularly rinsing nose with saline can help people recover more quickly from the common cold. However, regularly rinsing the nose has not been shown to prevent respiratory infections.
9.     Garlic is a healthy food that may have some antimicrobial properties. However, there is no evidence from the current outbreak that eating garlic has protected people from the new corona virus.
10.   Sesame oil does not kill the new corona virus. There are some chemical disinfectants that can kill the 2019-nCoV on surfaces. These include bleach/chlorine-based disinfectants, either solvents, 75% ethanol, per acetic acid and chloroform. However, they have little or no impact on the virus if you put them on the skin or under your nose. It can even be dangerous to put these chemicals on your skin.
 By-Tvisha