Prerna Bhatia-Nurturing Dreams

“Every fire doesn’t need a fire extinguisher,

Some are meant to be kept alive!”

My Name is Prerna Bhatia and by profession I am a motivational speaker, life skill trainer, and a happiness consultant.My truest aspiration is to become a good human being and I believe rest will automatically follow.

I am the founder of NGOs ‘Nurturing Dreams, and ‘Strii Empowering Women’

I started ‘Nurturing Dreams’ two years back. I felt a dire need to start the motivational talks because whom so ever I came across be it college students or the well-settled people, everyone aspired to become x, y, z but nobody was truly bothered to become I and me, this despondence and discontentment among people, feeling low about their own self, getting depress on seeing others happiness, leaving hope of success on consecutive failures really urged me to step forward and initiate these talks.

Nurturing Dreams is an organization working towards bringing positive change in the society by making people feel more positive about themselves, by making them embrace their own set of imperfections in order to make them move on the road of improvement and for this we conduct motivational sessions for students, teachers, parents and professionals.

Our prime focus is to make youth positive and for this we talk on subjects like positive attitude, power of thoughts, never give up strength, stress and anger management, depress the depression, self acceptance, believe power of a being, leadership skills, communication and soft skills enhancement etc.

We have executed these inspiring sessions in various colleges of Delhi University.

I started with the school kids because that is the age where we are constantly compared to others and given benchmarks for being a good child, then gradually we started talking seminars in colleges, institutions etc.

While doing this I had to face several challenges but I strongly believe in possibilities which undoubtedly are the end product of challenges. There were various hurdles which indeed acted as the opportunities particularly that of the age, because people often questioned my age and even had this option that I am very young for this field, but then as precisely said, “your work speaks louder for you” and so did mine.

Things were going big, but God wanted things to get bigger, so out of my surprise my own school principal, Sister Pramela approached me to conduct a menstrual cycle workshop for the girls, and this was the point where my life took a 360 degree turn, to my surprise the girls told me that menstrual cycle is a bad thing and we should not go to temple during those days, after hearing all that, I decided to take this campaign forward and I named it *strii empowering women* and today we proudly tell girls about menstrual cycle under the project *I am proud to bleed* and break various myths and taboos related to menstrual cycle.

We distribute sanitary napkins to the girls and women in need of it by arranging sanitary napkin collection drive in schools and colleges, we go to slum areas make the men and women aware about this natural process along and impart them the knowledge of good and bad touch.

I started this campaign alone one year back, but today with god’s grace we are a strii family with 10 members and 50 volunteers.

I believe that sometimes, “life makes you gamble everything for the sight that only you can see”,

and in my case this become the ultimate truth, I had this vision that every girl whom I meet should carry forward this message that’I am proud to bleed’ and things are happening around the globe and are changing too.

 Prerna Bhatia-Nurturing Dreams

Anvi-‘NazariyaEkSoch’

Fifteen is a delicate age. After spending a decade in illusions, we steer out of haziness and start consciously deciding ‘To be or not to be’. For me the choice was clear, I decided ‘To be’ a medium of change, as something Gandhi Ji said always inspired me ‘Be the change you want to see in the world’.

It is difficult enough to break the taboos let alone think of doing at age of fifteen when no one takes your words seriously because people think ‘you are too young’ to have judgment or opinions. But they all are excuses people make because they have accepted to live with distorted views, never realizing that their rituals are outcomes of irrational superstitions. I am talking about one of the biggest taboos women bear brunt of their whole lives- Menstruation.

A lot of people are set out to speak the unspeakable but one voice- Aditi Gupta’s Ted talk stirred something inside me and made me realize what I really wanted to do! The realization marked the beginning of my journey – to burn the stereotypes and judgments and bring the purity of thoughts. It was difficult at first but being brought up in an unorthodox and supportive family gave me the courage of taking up this initiative of making society aware about “Menstruation and its Taboos”.

I started out small, taking a few workshops in the neighboring schools; creating awareness on Menstruation, talking to the students freely about the whole topic, telling them what to do and how to do. It was a bit difficult sometimes. I wasn’t appreciated by the teachers in some schools because they thought it was something that should not to be talked about in open. But I outgrew all the negatives and despite all the hurdles I have managed to conduct 20 workshops with a footfall of around 2500 people till now. The biggest achievement was the success of an event in Delhi where I organized an open discussion on “Menstruation and its taboos”

Now that I have a good start, I plan to expand my reach, make more people aware about menstruation and break the silence on this topic. I want people to understand that it’s not a curse rather a blessing to get periods. There is nothing impure about it and there is nothing to be ashamed of. It’s a natural process, that every girl, every woman goes through. It’s a gift to women.

No good thing ever dies and I hope my small contribution will create a ripple in the sea and bring about the change needed to break the taboos on menstruation.

 

Anvi| Founder ‘Nazariya’ Organisation