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 Children  India Project #33429

Support children infected and affected by HIV/AIDS

by Society for Serving Humanity
Support children infected and affected by HIV/AIDS
Happily completed their exam
Happily completed their exam

Report to Global Giving

1.    Title of the project        :           Support children infected and affectedby HIV/AIDS –  #33429

2.    Project area                  :           Dindigul district, Tamilnadu, India.

3.    Target beneficiaries     :           30 children from Dindigul district

4.    Services provided        :           a) Educational support  b) Health education

5.    Duration of the project :           March 2019 to June 2019

6.   Description of the activities carried out:

a.    Educational support:

We followed up around 30 children who have been supported by Global giving during these months. Since it was the time for their public exam we had concentrated on giving extra care on their weak subjects. We conducted regular weekly test and the progress was assessed. We have given sufficient time to meet the parents to take extra care during their exam time. Nutrition diet was made mandatory to children and promoted though house visits. Periodical school visits were also undertaken to ensure that all these target children attended the class exams and the public. It was praise worthy to share that all these 30 children have been promoted to next standard and happily learning from June 2019.

b.    Health education:

Health education continued to be our priority areas for these adolescent girls. For the past 4 months we gave them the health awareness on personal hygiene, nutritive food, consuming iron rich food and FST tablets, menstrual cycle management etc.  Wherever we had the possibility of meeting these girls in places like their own homes, schools, adolescent support group meetings, training programmes organized by SSH etc we have reoriented them all on these above said topics.  We also cautioned these children to be careful during the summer time of April and May as there was an extreme heat wave outside and to drink lot of water and juice items.

 7. Results obtained:

  • As a result of this, the possible exam absenteeism was prevented and every child had happily attended the public exam.  
  • Health education was given to the same adolescent girls on personal hygiene, nutrition diet, sexual and reproductive health issues etc. These girls are able to safeguard themselves from anemia, sexual abuse, nutritional deficiency etc through this health education.
  • All 30 children have been promoted to next standard of learning.

8. Further request:

As we said in our previous report we have around 200 most underprivileged children from Dindigul and Namakkal districts that are waiting for the continued education support from philanthropists and well-wishers. But unfortunately this project was not the priority for many donors during this reporting period. Hence we request all the good hearted people to support these children to complete their higher secondary schooling with your regular donations to this HIV/AIDS supported project through Global Giving in the coming months

9. Thanks

We take this opportunity to thank Global Giving and the donors for their valuable support extended to the underprivileged HIV/infected/affected children from Dindigul district. The affected children are still in need for your continuous support for various interventions like continuing education, family support for survival etc. We hope to receive your further support and donations in the coming days.

                                                                                 Thanks                                                          

Date: 03.07.2019                                                                                                                          

Place : Dindigul

Malini enjoys a normal health condition
Malini enjoys a normal health condition
Educational guidance in villages
Educational guidance in villages

Report to GlobalGiving

1.    Title of the project        :           Support children infected and affectedby HIV/AIDS – #334292.   

2.    Project area                 :           Dindigul and Namakkal districts, Tamilnadu, India.

3.    Target beneficiaries     :           5 children from Dindigul district

4.    Services provided        :           a) Educational materials

                                                        b) Health education

                                                        c) Nutrition education

5.    Duration of the project:           December 2018 to February 20196.   

6. Description of the activities carried out:

a.    Educational materials:

With the little donation of $25 (Rs.1750) we could provide the educational materials like 3 notebooks, 1 geometry box, scale/pen/pencil, 1 graph note, 2 king size note and 1 sketch pocket to each child. These educational supports have been very much supportive to these 5 children who are going to write their final exam in April 2019. Children who found difficult to go to school on time due to lack of the above mentioned educational materials are able to go to schools on time. We are happy as we are able to redeem these children from their psychological disturbance which might have led them to school dropouts. But they are happy now to have these materials with them that might enable them to complete their annual school exams successfully.

b. Health education:

Health education continued to be our priority areas for these adolescent girls. For the past three months we gave them the health awareness on personal hygiene, nutritive food, consuming iron rich food and FST tablets, menstrual cycle management etc. Wherever we had the possibility of meeting these girls in places like their own homes, schools, adolescent support group meetings, training programmes organized by SSH etc we have reoriented them all on these above said topics.

c. Nutrition education:

Though there was a need for providing nutrimix support to these 5 children, we could not provide due to paucity of funds. But we have not forgotten to provide Nutrition education to all of them and their parents as well. We emphasized on having a nutritional diet consisting of vegetables, fruits, locally available minor millets, greens etc so as to avoid diseases like night blindness; iron deficiency, malnutrition etc.

The same impetus on having individual kitchen gardens at their homes was given to every child. We are happy to see them having their own kitchen gardens at home and harvesting fresh vegetables and greens for the last three months.

7. Results obtained:

  • Educational materials and guidance was provided to 5 children. As a result of this, the possible school absenteeism was prevented and stopped.
  • Health education was given to the same adolescent girls on personal hygiene, nutrition diet, sexual and reproductive health issues etc. These girls are able to safeguard themselves from anemia, sexual abuse, nutritional deficiency etc through this health education.

8. Further request:

As we said in our previous report we have around 200 most underprivileged children from Dindigul and Namakkal districts that are waiting for the continued education support from philanthropists and well-wishers. But unfortunately this project had not been supported by many donors during this reporting period. Hence we request all the good hearted people to support these children to complete their higher secondary schooling with your regular donations to this HIV/AIDS supported project through GlobalGiving in the coming months.

As many of us know, SSH has promoted another project called “Gaja cyclone relief measures for 200 families” through GlobalGiving. But for the past three months we received a sum of $210 as against $157,140. Hence may we request all the donors to contribute your share towards the total rehabilitation of 200 Gaja cyclone victims in Pudhukottai district, Tamilnadu, India in the coming months?

9. Thanks

We take this opportunity to thank GlobalGiving and the donors for their valuable support extended to the underprivileged HIV/infected/affected children from Dindigul district. The affected children are still in need for your continuous support for various interventions like continuing education, family support for survival etc. We hope to receive your further support and donations in the coming days.

                                                                           Thanking you,

Adolescent health training
Adolescent health training

                                                       Report to GlobalGiving

1.    Title of the project        :    Support children infected and affectedby HIV/AIDS – #334292.   

2.    Project area                  :     Dindigul and Namakkal districts, Tamilnadu, India.

3.    Target beneficiaries     :     200 children from Dindigul and 200 children fromNamakkal

4.    Services provided        :   a) Educational guidance and counseling

                                                  b) Psycho somatic counseling

                                                  c) Health education

                                                  d) Nutrition education

                                                  e) Life skill education on positive thinking

5.    Duration of the project:      September to November 20186.   

6. Description of the activities carried out:

a.    Educational guidance and counseling:The children’s development primary intervention area is education. Through education, the underprivileged and excluded children can come into the mainstream of development. It was informed that few children were not interested to continue for education after their first term holidays, due to children’s disinterest on studies and parents/caretakers pressure to discontinue the education due to the family condition. The project psychologist visited the problem children and provided educational guidance and counseling. Their disinterest on studies was eliminated from their mind. The caretaker’s pressure to discontinue the school education was also defused. As a result of this, the disinterested 22 children dropped the idea of becoming dropout and continuing their education.

b.    Psycho somatic counseling:

Some children faced the problem within the school due to the peer group pressure for the intake of tobacco products and substance abuse. The social workers from SSH were able to collect such students in one common place at Dindigul and another at Namakkal district. The bad effect of tobacco and substance abuse was discussed and motivated to give up the habits. The children expressed the reason that the fear of life was the reason for taking drugs/substance/tobacco. Through psycho-somatic counseling proved by lady social workers and 27 children had given up the habit and they also changed their peer group friends. This child to child approach was very useful.

 c. Health education:

Community health education was given to the underprivileged children who were the victims of HIV/AIDS family. Health education was given to the adolescent boys and adolescent girls separately on sexual and reproductive hygiene and health. They were given orientation on how to prevent themselves from the prevalence of sexual diseases like HIV/AIDS, reproductive tract infection and venereal diseases. The early diagnosis and treatment along with the signs and symptoms of diseases were discussed with 140 adolescent boys and 260 girls were benefited on this health education.

d. Nutrition education:

Nutrition education was given to the mothers/grandmothers of the HIV infected/affected children. Nutrition content of various seasonal vegetables, fruits, locally available minor millets was discussed with them. Nutrition deficiency diseases like Vitamin A to night blindness; iron deficiency leads to anemia, protein energy malnutrition (PEM) diseases were discussed with them and explained the ways to prevent the possible diseases.

The importance of kitchen garden was explained to them. Kitchen garden seeds were given for them to start the kitchen garden at their housing area or at the areas accessible to them for the small scale kitchen garden. 120 families benefited out of the programme.

e. Life skill education on positive thinking:

The children were given training on life skill education with a focus on positive thinking. The leaders like Abraham Lincoln, Dr.Martin Luther King, Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Theresa and the Scientist Thomas Alwa Edison were quoted as examples of positive thinkers. The preconceived ideas of negative thinking and inferiority feelings were eliminated among 170 participants, who attended the training.

7. Results obtained:

  • Educational guidance and counseling was provided to 22 children. As a result of this, the possible school dropout from the second term was prevented and stopped.
  • Psychosomatic counseling was given to 27 children, who just started using tobacco products and substance abuse due to the peer group pressure. This was controlled and behavior modification was made. They are happy with their modified behavior.
  • Health education was given to 140 adolescent boys and 260 girls on sexual and reproductive health issues and problems. The possible sexual diseases are prevented through this health education.
  • Nutrition education was given to mothers/ grandmothers on how to prepare nutritious meals by using locally available seasonal vegetables and fruits. Nutritional security was achieved in 120 families.
  • Life skill education on positive thinking was given to 170 children. They developed positive thinking and goal setting of their life was carried out as a part of this training inputs.

 

8. Further request:

The killer cyclone ‘Gaja’ has left a trail of destruction in the delta districts (12 districts) claiming lives of at least 63 in TamilNadu and 3 in Puducherry. The death toll was less due to the fact that around 700000 people evacuated before the onslaught of the cyclone of 16th November 2018 because of the disaster forecast and preparedness. However 3,41,820 houses were damaged, 1,04,805 cattle’s died, paddy field of 32706 hectare, 3,50,000 coconut trees and 11,32,686 trees were uprooted. Horticulture and agriculture field was damaged to 88,102 hectare. 3,07,819 people were housed in 556 relief shelter. SSH immediately responded to this disaster by mobilizing relief materials to the tune of Rs.2,50,000 from children, women and from the local community.

SSH has identified 200 most affected families in Pudukottai district for the relief measures. The relief measures of each family include the following;

*  Supply of kitchen utensils

*  Dry ration for the household

*  Clothing, sleeping mat, blanket, plastic sheet, bed sheet etc

*  Repair works/roof replacement of houses

*  Livelihood measure of starting a small income generation activity

*  Psychosomatic counseling to the victims

*  Supply of note books/school bags to school children.

 Each family cost about Rs.50,000 (USD 715). So, the cost for 200 families is Rs.1,00,00,000 (USD 143000). The administrative expenses including the staff salary will be provided by Society for Serving Humanity.

 

9. Thanks

We take this opportunity to thank Global for their valuable support extended to the underprivileged HIV/infected/affected children from Dindigul and Namakkal districts. The affected children required continuous support from you for various interventions like continuing education, family support for survival etc. We hope to receive further support in the coming days.

Date : 05.12.2018

 

Place : Dindigul  

Psychosomatic counseling
Psychosomatic counseling
Gaja victims in Pudukottai
Gaja victims in Pudukottai
Gaja relief service by SSH
Gaja relief service by SSH
Loosing houses in Gaja
Loosing houses in Gaja
Children waiting for support services
Children waiting for support services
Education Support
Education Support

a.    Education support:

Education enhances individual child’s skills & capacities and cultivates matured individuals who are capable of planning their future and taking the right choice of their career. But for our education support to around 200 underprivileged children from Dindigul and Namakkal districts would have lost their school hours leading to dropouts basically due to ill-health of themselves, their parents and poor economic family status. Therefore we provided school bag and stationery to 200 most deserving children during the last two months.

b.    Nutrition support:

The whole objective of nutrition support is to bring down stunting growth & nutritional anemia among targeted children. As per the national family health survey, 38.4% of children in India have stunted growth. It aims to bring down anemia among children, women & adolescent girls by 3% every year. By providing monthly nutrimix package consisting of nutrimix powder, bengal gram, dates, green gram, puffed rice etc increased the nutrition status of these children ensuring food security in their young age. So we provided nutrition support to all 100 most deserving children.

c.    Health care support:

Children are usually prone to illness through unhygienic food, contaminated water or uncleaned hands. So we wished to create health awareness among HIV children by providing the health care package. This kit consisted of bathing & washing soaps, talcum powder, tooth paste, brush, oil, shampoo etc. Nearly 100 children got this support and improved their personality. As the children kept themselves clean and neat, they received extra care & concern from school teachers and their class mates.

Outcomes of project:

  • Children who got education supports are regular to school now and continuing their studies.
  • Long absenteeism and dropout to school due to lack of education support was thus reduced.
  • Children would score good marks in their quarterly exams in September 2018.
  • These 100 children escaped from malnutrition status for the time being.
  • Normal height and weight of target children are enhanced.
  • Had a chance to share their problems and joys with peer groups by coming together.
  • Reduced stigma and discrimination among peer groups by fresh outlook.
  • Besides mutual friendship and cordial relationship was also enhanced.

Wayforward/Future Plan:

We proposed to provide community home care for 1200+ such HIV infected/affected children. But we could cover around 400 children and the rest of them are waiting for their turn. Hence may we request the GlobalGiving donors to contribute generously so that we might be able to support all these deserving children in the coming days.

Acknowledgement:

SSH acknowledges the great contribution of all donors who have generously contributed to GlobalGiving to support our project. As the proverb “Stitching on time saves nine” says, we were able to support the most needed and deserving children just to escape from their educational and nutritional problems. These children have to walk miles together to achieve their future ambition. The contribution of GlobalGiving and Impact Guru has provided us a beautiful platform to expose the problems of HIV children so that the awesome donors could contribute their share towards the developments of these children. We look forward to receiving further support and solidarity from these past and future donors towards this noble cause. 

Healthcare support
Healthcare support
Monthly Family Gettogether
Monthly Family Gettogether
Nutrition Support
Nutrition Support
 

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Society for Serving Humanity

Location: Dindigul - India
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Project Leader:
Britto Selvaraj
Dindigul, India

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