The non-affected children of the HIV/AIDS positive parents will have a chance at a normal life, with the opportunity to grow as individuals and develop into self-sufficient adults. These children are from EWS families in the NCR. At present, we have 63 children and 45 families under the programme and we are looking forward to supporting more children.
With this Report, we would also like to extend our heartiest thanks to all our supporters and donors for supporting us in the project which in turn has helped 63 children and their families in coping with the disease and leading a healthy life.
In 2005, Udayan Outreach intervened and supported Manisha, eldest of 3 siblings, a shy, mediocre student, when she was in class 5. Her infected parents have been encouraged to attend our workshops to gain their confidence back. In 2009, she passed the NAT (need, ambition & talent) exam and is now a recipient of the Udayan Shalini Fellowship. Today she has developed into a bright young girl with a strong hold on her academics.
“I dream of being financially secure so that I can support my family and make them proud. And I hope one day I too am able to support atleast one child in Outreach.”- Manisha
Current Status of the Project:
Currently Udayan Outreach Programme is providing financial support and counseling to 63 children and 45 families.
1. Monetary support for the education & nutrition of the affected children
With the help of the monthly funds, Udayan Outreach provides an opportunity for the affected children to overcome the hindrances of the disease and lead a normal and healthy life. The children currently enrolled with the program use the monthly amount provided to them to pay for their school fees, after school tuitions and a nutritional diet. Each child, encouraged by the monetary help they receive, is regular and disciplined with regard to academics.
During these months, cheques were distributed to all the children at the monthly workshops. Each cheque was issued in the child’s name so that the payment goes directly to the child’s account. A receipt was signed by each child on the collection of the cheque each month.
Udayan Care enables parents to take positive stand towards their children through its Outreach intervention …
….14 children now are in good English Medium Schools.
2. Monthly Workshops with HIV/AIDS +ve infected parents and HIV/AIDS affected children
a. Monthly Workshops for HIV +ve Parents:
In order to create an enabling environment for the HIV AIDS +ve parents, Udayan Care conducts monthly workshops for capacity building to help them deal with the disease and provide them with a platform to discuss similar problems as a result of their HIV AIDS status by creating a Mutual Support System (MSS) amongst themselves.
The capacity building workshops help them regain their confidence and adopt a positive healthy outlook towards live despite the ordeal of dealing with HIV AIDS. Moreover, the program through the workshops provides information on HIV AIDS related issues like health care, medicines, rights, social exclusion etc. as well as counseling by discussing topics such as goal setting, confidence building, and livelihood possibilities to help them overcome the precarious state of their family due to the debilitating disease.
At a workshop on “HIV/AIDS Bill” on 29.11.09, the parents were informed about
- The HIV AIDS Bill 2006 in detail and the issues it addresses.
- Elements of the Bill such as risk reduction programs, grievance management mechanism, special provisions for women were discussed and debated on.
- The parents stated that healthcare and medicines should be further stressed in the Bill.
- They also believed that the Bill is a must since they still face discrimination and the view of the society of those infected by the disease needs to be changed.
At a workshop on “Positivity” on 31.1.10, the parents discussed
- Overcoming traumatic experiences
- Importance of family as a support system
- Behavior of parents affects the child eventually, child may blame himself
- Child takes on adult responsibility
- Lack of family bonding may induce negative feelings in child
- Need for positive environment and communication with the children
At a workshop on “Advancement of Child’s Academics” on 28.3.10, the parents were informed about the need to
- Gather information from a credible source
- Active role at child’s school
- Preparing the paperwork
- Financial planning
- Monitoring the progress of the child closely
b. Monthly Workshops for Affected children of HIV +ve Parents:
Through the monthly workshops, Udayan Outreach aims to help the children develop their personality and overcome the emotional trauma caused by the disease. Based on interactive sessions with the children, the workshops are designed to provide the children with a platform to build their confidence and persona. Activities such as theater games, art and craft, extempore and discussions on responsibility, rights and duties, goal setting and attainment offer the children opportunities to voice their opinions and work towards their individual growth.
At a workshop on “Goal Setting” on 31.10.09, the children were introduced to
- the notion of setting goals
- Different steps of planning and its significance were discussed
- Working towards a goal allows one to work in a systematic manner and prepare for the future in an efficient manner without wasting time
At a workshop on “New Year resolution” on 31.1.10, the children learnt about
- The concept of a New Year resolution
- Analysis of past year experiences
- New Year expectations and changes the children want to see
- Concept of new year resolution
- New year resolutions regarding individual, family and academics
- Sharing resolutions with each other
At a workshop on “Story through Drawings” on 7.3.10, the children got an opportunity to
- be creative
- Draw pictures which to them is a reflection of them today
- Confidence building
- Shared their paintings with everyone and explained the drawings
3. Home Visit:
Today mothers of 16 affected children are earning a steady income for their family...
...and this has been possible because of Udayan Outreach intervention.
Home visits are conducted to develop a personal relationship with the families as well as to monitor the child’s progress. These visits also serve the purpose of discussing issues which the parents may not be comfortable discussing during the workshops.
These visits allow the coordinator to develop a personal relationship with the families which in turn help in providing counseling in an efficient manner. Home visits also helped to analyze the health and financial status of the parents as well as monitor the flow of fund. The coordinator visited each family on need base apart from one mandatory visit of the quarter. This allowed us to also gain the trust of the families.
Instances from the Visits…
The coordinator observed that Sapna and her parents (visit on 18.11.09, 1497/15, Govindpuri, Kalkaji, New Delhi – 110019) are coping well with the family’s HIV AIDS status. Sapna is having trouble with certain subjects and has joined tuitions to help her manage her academics. She was also unwell with viral fever but has recovered. Her parents are both working to meet the monetary demands of the family.
At their home, the coordinator was pleased to see how Shankar, his brother and their mother Triveni (visit on 16.2.10, H.No. 1616, Sitaram Bazar,Gali Burian, Near Himatgarh Dawaghana Kamla Market New Delhi) are a great source of support for each other. Though the mother finds it difficult to emotionally and financially support the family at times, all of them are trying to make the best of the situation and move ahead with life. The brothers take care of their academics and are doing well.
During the visit, the coordinator found Gaurav (On 13.3.10, C/o, Mukesha, H. No. 428,Near Balmiki Mandir,Badli, Delhi – 42) as a bright enthusiastic young boy. He is very energetic and offers to help the facilitator always during the sessions. However, this year his grades have not been upto mark in the final exam which he hopes to work on from the new academic session.
4. Voices- Quotes from the Beneficiaries
“I am very thankful to Udayan Outreach for supporting me and my family. I see the problems at home and I realize how much being part of the program helps us over come our problems. I don’t completely understand what HIV AIDS is but I see the manner in which it affects us. I will help my parents always to fight this disease.” – Sapna
“I have always done well academically. In the past few months however I have been struggling with my studies due to all the problems at home. I was unable to even take tuitions. My friends who have been weak in studies started getting more marks that me and it depressed me further. But now with the support of Udayan Outreach I will make sure that not only do I regain my stability in academics but also do much better!” – Pooja Sharma
“I am trying hard to make the most of the support provided by Udayan because I understand the importance of this help. I see my mother struggle every day. I want to do well in my studies and get a good job so that I can support her and the family soon.” – Ashish
An HIV +ve Mother at Work
A Family at the Home Visit