FREEDOM FOUNDATION – ‘Changing Lives Making a Difference!’
A secular, non-for profit, Registered Charitable Trust
o To provide comprehensive treatment and rehabilitation for persons living with alcoholism/drugaddictions.
o To provide comprehensive care, support and treatment to men, women and children living withHIV/AIDS.
o To expand access to treatment with Highly Active Anti-Retro-Viral treatment including monitoring of CD4counts.
o To provide residential care for those children who are orphaned and abandoned due toHIV/AIDS.
o To provide access to education, nutrition and medical care for children infected/affected living within thecommunity.
o To conduct Educational, Awareness, Training and Sensitization Programs for Substance Abuse andHIV/AIDS.
o To work for the rights of persons affected byHIV.
o To build and strengthen the capacities of different stakeholders and enable them actively to participate in similar initiatives.
o To provide a platform of opportunity for cross learning for effectiveimplementation
Role of Freedom
In Freedom, the children who are orphaned and HIV+ve are provided with all that is necessary to experience a relatively normal childhood. All children are provided with the fundamental concept of “a house and family atmosphere” all educational, nutrition, medicine, counseling, extra circular activates and other social needs etc. for the children and care givers (community families). The age group of the children are from 4 years to 19 years. As all of our children and care givers suffer from preexisting immune compromised status (HIV) they all are highly susceptible to covid 19, and are in need of additional protection and care.
Freedom Foundation started focusing on OVC (orphan and vulnerable children) in the context of HIV/AIDS way back in 1996. The foundation has approx. 700 children registered with the organization; the foundation reaches out to approx. 250 children annually. The Foundation has specialized facilities at Bangalore and Hyderabad that care for HIV positive abandoned orphans.
The consistent support of the donors for HIV infected/affected children in various aspects of shelter, health, education, nutrition, etc. has brought a great change in the life of each family or child giving them new hope and determination.
Through the past 15 years, the Foundation endeavors to ensure that the basic rights of all children accessing care through different programs are protected. This includes children infected and affected with HIV. The childcare component at FF comprises both institutional & community with the essential crosscutting components of Protection, Health, Education, Nutrition and Rights.
Currently, Freedom Foundation supporting the care and support centers for orphans living with HIV/AIDS at Bangalore and Hyderabad are facing a child centric humanitarian crisis as the existing funders (small companies, individuals) have either halted funding due to the financial slowdown or have redirected their funding to COVID related causes only. However, we started a Fundraiser page and a campaign in GiveIndia portal which has come out to be very fruitful. The campaign was also showcased and promoted as one of the best in Give India.
At the Child Care Centre:
For this year, there are 20 children under residentialcare. All other kids are regular with their food, medication, education, etc.
We plan to take in new children to the center to fill the gap of these kids and are looking for the same. Many local vendors and well-wishers donated food and vegetables to Freedom during the pandemic. Swasthi is one of them who provided us with vegetables and provisions last year.
UWBe also supported us with provisions for the community this year. The long term funding hopes that we had from AAPI has been deferred due to their focus shifting to Covid related causes only.
Throughout the year we were in and out of Corona lockdowns. We educated the kids about the importance of personal hygiene. How to wash hands and sanities the house and tables. Educated the care givers also about the importance of hygiene.
o Streamline childcare activities with dedicatedinterface.
o Scale up the number of children to 25.
o Maintenance of the children care center – Painting, Furniture, CCTV, Electrical/Plumbing/Carpentry works, etc. Water is also scarce as the bore well often goes for repair or is dry and we are depending on tankers for water supply.
o Discussion with various funders to receive the major funding for the ‘Children care project’ for the comingyears.
o Focus on gender specific care at both Bangalore & Hyderabadcenters.
o Plan and undertake fundraising activities by approaching various kinds of donors, corporate sectors & individuals to involve and engage them in specific funding, to strengthen and improve the support for nutrition, medication andeducation.
o Future and career plans for the kids who are completing their tenth and PU colleges & those who are completing 18yrs ofage.