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Chaha Project

Activities of Jana Kalyan Welfare Society

Introduction:

         “CHAHA” project is a part of plan conducted with the help of alliance JKWS, associate of plan started CHAHA programme in July 2007. The work was started at:

  • Makavarapalem
  • Rolugunta
  • Ravikamatham
  • Golugonda
  • Nathavaram Mandal
  • Butciapet Mandal
  • Chidigummala
  • Madugula

in Narsipatnam Division of Visakhapatnam District.

Main objective of CHAHA Project:

  • To give support to CLHIV/CA between 0-18 yrs.
  • To reduce the death rate among children CLHIV / CAA.

Identification:

         As a part of care and support JKWS staff identified 1050 CLHIV’s, CAA’s with the help of area hospitals, CCC, network and CHAHA Volunteers.

Registration:

         The identified CLHIV/CAA was registered criteria wise. Staff meeting was conducted and discussed the various problems. PC, APC, Counselors conducted house wise survey and record the full details of clients.

Criteria:

  • Those who are below poverty line.
  • Woman headed families.
  • CLHIV’s/CAA’s who lost both the parents.
  • CLHIV’s/CAA’s who lost any one of the parents.

So far from first quarter to 15th quarter 989 CLHIV’s/CAA were registered. Out 68 are CLHIV. CLHIV male: 38, Female: 30, CAA’s:928, Male: 478, Female: 450.

The following components (Support) are being provided to CLHIV/CAA (Patients)

A) Health & Medical Care:

         As it is a need based programme the project coordinator, assistant project coordinator and ORW’s with the help of volunteers regularly conducts need assessments of the clients and accordingly the below types of assistance was provided. Importance is given to the below supports a) conducting CD 4 b) medical tests and 3) Funeral expenses to the diseased PLHIVs & CLHIV’s. For P.I treatment an amount of Rs. 8499.00/- has been spent.

B) Educational Support:

  • Providing books, Note books, Tuition fees & Exams fees etc.
  • To help the CLHIVs and CAAs in getting mid-day meals.
  • Identification and re-enrolling the drop outs.
  • Providing bus and auto fares to the clients for undergoing CD4 tests and ART follow up.
  • Helping them to improve their technical skill for the children who are above 14 years.
  • So far 161 children got Rs. 266488.00/- as educational support.
  • C) Children Support Group (CSG):

             The Registered CLHIV/CAA Children’s of 8 to 12 are grouped in a village. The main aim in grouping them is to provide self-confidence, self support. Sports & games materials are supplied to the group. So that they can forget their ailments and play happily. So far 12 child support groups were formed. For Child support groups an amount of Rs.40759.50 and for foster care support an amount of Rs.11750.00/- has been spent

    D) Psycho-Social Support:

    • Counseling them to get rid of their ailments by training them in yoga.
    • Patient hearing of their problems general and personal problems and advocating them to overcome their difficulties.
    • Discouraging stigma and discrimination among the community.

    E) IGP:

             So far 92 members got IGP support to carry and improving their existing income generating activities. An amount of Rs. 186919.00/- provided as

    F) Nutritional support :

             399 CLHIV/ CAA patients got nutrition support. During the project to sustain the activity public participation was involved and Civil Society Organizations like Rotary,Lions clubs, business people, PTIs and School teachers extended their helping hand to provide nutritional supports to the infected and affected children. An amount of Rs.458307.00 has been spent for this programme.

    G) Household Support:

             CLHIV/CAA patients were provided household support as per the needs assessment. An amount of Rs. 1886172.50/- has been spent for the programme.

    Outcome of the Programme:

    • CLHIV/PLHIV was encouraged to take ART drugs.
    • The children of 0-6 Years CLHIV/CAA patient picked up their weight and health.
    • Each family of CLHIV/CAA is provided with old age, Widow Pensions.
    • Arrangements are being made to get ration cards, Indiramma cards, and Job cards.
    • Coordination, Sensitization, Community meeting is conducted in each village.
    • JKWS staff has attended various coordination meetings.
    • The clients are referred to CCC network, ART, PHC’s regularly.
    • JKWS participated to the programmes conducted by Govt., like ICTC, ART, APSACS on behalf of CHAHA.

    SOCIAL AUDIT:

             On 4th November 2009, the Alliance and Plan-CHAHAteam conducted a one-day Social Audit of development works which services are carried out by Janakalyan Welfare Society in the 8 mandals in Narsipatnam division, Visakhapatnam district over the preceding from June ’07 to September ’09 at NGO community hall, Narsipatnam. More than 200 people from the 8 mandals in Narsipatnam division attended. This audit took place with the active participation of many individuals (CLHIVs, CAAs, PLHAs and Caregivers) and agencies (NGOs), including Gram panchayat, Mandal and district administration officers those who are related to HIV care & support programme. The officers from Monitoring team of HIV/AIDS Alliance Ms. Preeti Das, Mr. Kaushik and Mr. Manas, Field sup. Officer, Finance, offices from Plan-CHAHA, Hyderabad Mr. Ajit Rao, Programme Officer and Mr. Venkatramesh, Finance Officer conducted the proceedings.

    Objective:

             When the project received an extension by one year (second year of implementation will begin from September 09) CSI and The India HIV/AIDS Alliance decided to carry out a Social Audit to assess the performance based on the views of stakeholders.

    • Sharing the process in which the entire set of activities had been carried out during the year along with details of what was done, issues that were faced and and expenditure incurred.
    • Bringing the community/ beneficiaries on a common platform and asking them if they had suggestions vis-à-vis modifying some elements of the programme or wanting to place on record any grievances or criticism and thereby allowing their feedback to flow into the programmatic structure that would help them redesign interventions in the second year.
    • Outcome of Social Audit:

      • The services were carried out, the sanctioned funds were shown in the records/displays as having been utilized properly and matched.
      • The JKWS – CHAHAteam followed the guidelines perfectly what alliance & plan given them.
      • The target people (CAAs, CLHIVs, PLHAs and Caregivers) were explored tremendous response regarding the quality and quantity of provided services by the Implementing NGO.
      • Positive response from the GP, Mandal & Divisional level PRI members and Govt. related representatives regarding the CHAHAServices.
      • Some of the caregivers and CAAs were expressed their past (before CHAHAIntervention) and present situation. Most of the direct stakeholders were changed their situation positively through this project.
      • The physical services and financial statements were matching.
      • The NGO reached every month / quarter physical services targets.
      • Nutritional status was improved through the provision of supplementary nutrition to CLHIVs & CAAs.
      • This comment was explained by most of the Children, caregivers and mothers.
      • Some of the caregivers explored their grandchildren education, if the support is not provided by the iNGO our children’s education was ruined.
      • Through education support, the impact come out by the caregivers and mothers are reducing dropout, increasing school enrolment, accessibility to the education.
      • The Audit process is not clearly explained that to participants. They are little bit confused what we are doing and how we involved in the process.
      • No one is given new suggestions towards implementation of services. Most of the participants satisfied the existing services.
      • Dividing groups are OK but better to provide space to group wise presentations, I think it is more relevant to social audit.

      Phaseout of the Programme:

               As it is an unique programme the stakeholders were well informed about the phasing out the programme and sensitized the PRI’s,Government departments,political leaders, Educational Authorities,media, beneficiaries and all the persons involved involved in the programme were sensitized to sustain the linkages, civil society structures developed during the programme. CHAHAprogramme like moon is so dear to the children and they are wondering whether it will appear again?

      Bank Details

      Janakalyan Welfare Society is registered under 6(1) foreign Contribution Regulation Act of 1976 with registration No.010170089, dated 9-06-1992. The Authorized Bank is Axis Bank, T.Nagar with S.B.A.C.No:911010043349041,Rajahmundry-1 to receive foreign donations exclusively.