Your contribution to our project through GlobalGiving has a huge impact on the educational support for the rural youth of our locality at large. We see this as a new beginning and believe more progress is possible which upshots a future full of promise and hope.
We take this wonderful opportunity to sincerely thank you for your continued support in this project .Your kindness and generosity has enabled to reach out to the students who are in need of our help.
Manivasagam’s father passed away when he was 3 years old. His mother is working as a coolie labour for a daily wages. . His sister is in grade 9. His mother is the breadwinner of the family. Due to financial shortcomes, Manivasagam was demanded for early employment to support the family. In spite of their hardships his mother was interested in educating her kids.
“I was very interested in pursuing Hospitality Course but the only drawback was the distance from my residence to the institution which I felt will be an added burden to my parent. The orientation given by SPPD team , “Earn while you study” had drawn my interest to this institution, and now I’m pursuing Hospitality Course.
I’m thankful to the donors for their support. The free lunch, travelling allowance and educational material support offered has considerably lessened a part of the educational expenses to be met out by me,” says Manivasagam.
Dinesh’s father is milk vendor and having small barren land in his own village. His father is the breadwinner of the family. His elder sister married with support of his father’s hard earned money. The family lost their elder son in a road accident.
After completing his schooling, he came to know about the Hospitality courses and he enrolled himself. During his study period, he was provided with free lunch, travel, study material and accident insurance with support of Global Giving donors. He is known in the internship programme in Bangalore.
Continuation of the Disaster Preparedness project in the Chennai Slum areas:
Socialistic pattern of awareness and Training have been provided to the communities in different dimensions on the matter of Disaster preparedness to avoid loss of great lives. Now, vulnerable slum areas’ people are going to be shifted from the normal congested and typical slum places to such apartments which are to be located away from the city area.
From disaster preparedness to Vertical living capacity building:
We at SPPD provide perfect and eligible mentoring and personal One to One conselling sessions to the slum communities those who are to be replaced by the Tamilnadu Slum Clearance Board – TNSCB, to the apartment living. Slum dwellers who have been residing at the horizontal residing area by forming small huts in the narrow lane. They are accustomed with open door houses, unhygienic and unhealthy style of living nearby drainage and waste water channels, normal living to gather, socially, and of course very transparent style of living with safeguard position from other people intrude in to slum area. Thus, they reluctant to shift from slum to apartment. Now SPPD takes place to educate them how far safe from this kind of pollution environmental situation to such hygienic and healthy circumstances. Each and every family has been motivated and personally counseled to be prepared. Not only for environmentally safe but also for disaster preparedness towards avoiding loss of great lives. At last, slum people are mentally prepared by knowing such facts and figures while they live in the apartment living.
Behavior Change Communication and changed status of slum people:
Such Behavior Change communication is worked out in the mindsets of people and they themselves interacting as peer discussion and FGD – Focused Group Discussion among them to arrive sustainable solutions from dark to bright side of life – living at apartments.
Mainstreaming linkage – Intervention:
SPPD made its reaching out these people with Tamilnadu Slum Clearance Board and Chennai City Corporation. SPPD is very much appreciated by the Tamilnadu Government to reach this scenario among the slum dwellers.
Indeed, this kind of changed behavior, psychologically speaking, will boost their standard of living in the society like other urban communities and definitely, their children education standard, socioeconomic and cultural changed would occur in their life. This is what expected impact of current scenario.
Children whose parents are living with HIV/AIDS have reduced household income combined with increased expenses , which push the families into poverty consequently having less outcomes for children in terms of nutrition , education and health status.
Because of Nutritional support to the targeted group in the region, enabling environment by the way of increasing CD4 count and best immunity power are ensured to such children. Due to change in physical and psychological recovery, children’s schooling is very comfort by avoiding dropouts. Care and Support of care givers i.e might be parents or Grandparents, is well tuned up with motivation boost up.
True Story :
Deepika (name changed) is 11 years old and studying 6th standard , her family resides in the Adi Dravidar colony. Her father after becoming infected with HIV/AIDS and has been undergoing the Anti Retro Viral Therapy for the last few years. She too is under ART regimen for the last one year. Deepika belongs to the community of Schedule caste which is considered the lowest and untouchables in the Hindu caste hierarchy.
The exclusion of the community and individuals belonging the considered to be low is not very rigid in the urban centres. But in the rural belts like the region where Deepika’s family reside, the rigidity on caste system is still very much prevalent. When already being forced to be in a socially excluded life deprived of many rights, living with HIV/AIDS is terribly added burden.
Under the circumstances, the help that is being provided to Deepika is considered as a Panacea by her parents. Hence they say they will be able to bring up Deepika as a healthy girl with the nutritional supplements regularly provided with the support of donors, even if they find it feed her for days due to unemployment. They thank the donors and GlobalGiving for the same.
Sophia (name changed)is studying Grade XII in Government Hr. Sec. School, Paithamparai. Her father had contracted the infection when he was working as a daily wage labourer in bore well excavation work, passing the infection to his wife also. Both of them are regular with the consumption of the ART medicines from the day they are aware of the infection. Due to this cause, he was removed from his job, and currently he is working as a farm labourer together with his wife and rears cattle when there are failed monsoons. However this income was insufficient to support a family of five. Situations have worsened as the infection they acquired is messing up their health condition day by day. They are unable to go for work on a continuous scale.
However the income they earned was insufficient to feed and educate their children. They were unable to provide them with healthy and nutritious food. They live in a hut and avail the rations that are provided by the Govt. at cheaper rates. Sophia has two sisters studying Grade V and studying Grade X in Panchayat Union Middle.
“Now with the help of this support, I’m glad to see them consuming nutritious food for the entire month”, remarks Ms. Rani (name changed).