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.
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
Gaja victims in Pudukottai
Gaja relief service by SSH
Loosing houses in Gaja
Children waiting for support services