Reports

Report-01: JEEVAN JYOTHI SOCIAL CENTER EDUCATIONAL REPORT 2012 – 13

2012-2013

Project for 350 Orphans and Vulnerable children in Goa.

The goal of the Goa Family Care for Children is: Reduce the impact of HIV/AIDS on children and their families in Goa state through a comprehensive and sustainable approach that ensures proper growth and development of children; reduce HIV related morbidity and mortality among parents and children, and improve economic productivity among family members and care givers children affected by HIV.
Vision
Empowerment of Orphans and Vulnerable Children of HIV/AIDS in Goa through Education.
Goal
To reach out to 350 Orphan and vulnerable children of HIV/AIDS for educational progress with the support of our partners.
Objectives
  1. Promote educational progress among 350 orphans and vulnerable children of HIV/AIDS.
  2. Continuous participation of volunteers for the educational progress of orphan children with an emphasis on higher education.
  3. Form Child Care Committees to tutor school dropouts.
  4. Educate children to ensure their all round self development and growth.
  5. Sensitize wider community on the right to education of children in Goa with a special focus on vulnerable children.
Education

Education is the best way to empower children into their future. Schools are available in the close vicinity of the families specially those that are in the urban areas. Infected parents often spend a lot of money for their medicinal expenses. Very often they get demotivated with their illness and thus feel it less important to educate their children. Those that are economically poor are tempted to pull out children from schools and engage them in petty jobs which will bring an additional income to the family. Besides parents and guardians see that investing for education may not bring any financial benefits during their span of life. So they feel it is an extra burden to spend money for the education of their wards. At times there is a tendency to push children to a boarding or a hostel to get rid of the anxiety of education and other upbringing responsibilities. This results in uprooting children from families of their own and placing their responsibility on an institution where children tend to grow unwanted and later misfit in society. Besides the orphans often feel that they are a burden to their immediate family Need assessment.

 

A continuous assessment of the educational needs of orphans and vulnerable children. During the year a total of 350 children were given financial, psycho social and material support for better well being and education. Material support included notebooks, umbrellas, uniforms and stationery and counseling individually, family and group wise.
Criteria for selection of Children
  • Monthly income of the guardian or single parent is below Rs 2,500/-
  • Drop out children suffering from HIV/AIDS
  • Orphans whose guardian’s income is below Rs 4500/- monthly.
Availability of Educational Support

From the total of 350 children and youth, 175 orphans and other vulnerable children were selected who are registered with the social centre for educational support. Among those were children whose HIV Viral load is high but whose CD4 had decreased and had to take a drop from schools for rest. These children and youth made regular attempts for different activities.

Every month new children are identified by the centre and are registered. There is an increase in the number of children who are availing educational support.

The Staff of Presentation Society also conducts regular house visits to ensure that educational support is rightly utilized.

SUCCESS STORIES
CASE 1

Ishwar Madar is an orphan, he has an elder sister and a younger one, all living with their grand mother . Ishwar is 14 years old and is in Standard VIII; he is doing very well in his education despite the fact that his grand mother who has lost her sight has to share the senior citizen’s pension of Rs 2000/-.
Ishwar, a bright boy, is very regular to school, and he does all small jobs in the house . He is up early morning to fill water , wash clothes, and run the errands . He also makes sure he attends the programmes at the social centre . This year we have invested some money to get Liquid gas connection for the family. But not yet got the connection.
There is no electricity connection either. The neighbour gives them two hours connection for one electric bulb . Studying must be difficult . These are three children growing up beautifully . We have put some more support systems in place for them.
CASE 2

Edwin Dias has completed his Xth after two attempts .Last October , he completed his Xth . Therefore he could not take up hotel management . He has again requested for support this year. We have asked him to bring the prospectus and the fee structure . Edwin is very quiet boy, speaks very little quite promisng.
CASE 3
Hulgamma Madar has completed her X11th Std and giving coaching classes for neighbor hood children . She would like to go for a teachers training but she has great responsibility of taking care of her younger siblings and the grand mother . The fee it self for one year Rs 30000/- .She is very grateful for the support of the centre and the donors who are helping her with her education. She would like to study more but due to the poor financial situation of the family she has to work to support them. We are discussing with her regarding her further studies.
CASE 4

Sushma Madar/ Reshma madar – are orphans living in the slums of Mangor with their Aunt. Sushma is ambitious in studies . Her home situation is not so good. She comes to the social centre for her studies. Her elder sister is deaf and dumb . These children lacked adequate guidance.Both parents died of HIV.
Her behavior is good, she is able to take guidance from teachers and elders . She comes for all programmes that are organized by the social centre . She takes full advantage of the tuitions arranged for in some subjects .We are hoping that she will complete her education successfully without much teenage tantrums.
Pooja jaiswal, Jyothi, and Alok Kumar jaiswal.
The mother of these children have been very sick last year. She was assisted in the treatment at GMC , she is now back to normal. She requested for a job which can fetch her additional income since her alcoholic husband hardly brings anything home . We approached for a small job at Verna industries in the packing of medicines . She worked zealously at the beginning here but later found it difficult to mange the children and work . So she is presently doing part time job and earning Rs 3000/- a month in one of the Industries .
Educational Counselling at the Social Centre

Lack of education can endanger the future of children especially of orphans and vulnerable children. Education has a huge role to play in making them independent in the future. Therefore educational counseling is provided by the Centre to both orphan and vulnerable children and their guardians in order to make them understand the importance of education.
Psychosocial Support and Advocacy

Psychosocial support is an approach to help and support victims of stigma related offences; we aim to ease the silent suffering of communities and individuals.
It has come to our attention that there are many adolescents that are going through daily issues that are causing them much stress and anxiety, almost to the point of suicide. Through the many counseling sessions we help the young to have positive attitudes to life .We have found that many of these adolescents are on the edge. Because of this we conducted many counseling workshops such as motivational, career, peer pressure , care givers guidance , anger management etc. We arrange many advocacy programs to help them to know their rights and support them.
During long vacations, training programs for their guardians and parents are also organized. We also sensitize schools towards the rights and the changed attitude towards vulnerable children, beginning with our own school.
Income generation programs (I.G.P)

To give training for the already existing poor young females to enhance the quality of their work to increase the income and to train the needy and ready females, who have no other means of income to sustain.
REGULAR ACTIVITIES

  • Tuitions conducted by Centre for orphan and vulnerable children who are slow learners,
  • Tuitions conducted by staff in the respective localities of children,
  • Promoting Open Schooling among drop-out children,
  • Conducting regular Career-Guidance and Educational Guidance Workshops,
  • Organizing study tours and field trips to provide children with first hand information and encourage practical learning,
  • Conducting language and communication skills programmes.
  • Conducting Computer training Programs.
  • Conducting regular teenage counseling and education programs.
Special events

Challenges Ahead

  • A total of 350 children have registered with us and as such the educational expenses are enormous.
  • Lack of Financial support to extend tutorial activities to include more children,
  • Increasing cost of stationery and school fees.
  • Increasing cost of school-travel.
  • Increasing cost of Higher education especially professional education.
Conclusion
Families that take care of semi orphans and families are spending enormous amount of money on treatment of HIV related illnesses facing big challenges, especially financial; they have to really struggle between meeting the basic needs and survival or education of children. If these children study in private institutions rather than the Govt. run ones, where the education and care is much better, the expenses are much higher. Families like this require a helping hand to enable them to be equal with others.
Therefore support like this from generous donors gives a boost to their lives. We have seen that help at this early stage in life sets up the children to have a better start in life. These children already suffer stigmatization and abuse, so supporting them in the area of education gives them the competence and self worth necessary to contribute significantly more into their family and society.
Thank you our partners for enlightening the lives of children.

 

Report-02: EVERY 14 SECONDS A CHILD LOSES A PARENT TO AIDS

Almost 3 children in a month become victims of HIV / AIDS in Goa. It’s so painful to see another 8000 children becoming infected with HIV / AIDS in the world.

 

Will you join us in lighting up their lives?

We Presentation Sisters at Jeevan jyothi are committed to stand with such children whose right to life, name, dignity and food have been at risk or at times denied or even neglected.

Our programme on enhancing the right to good and nutritious food to 60 HIV+ and 75 most poverty stricken children in Goa in the last 12 months

Presentation Society’s nutritious food day three days in a month for most HIV vulnerable children with sound spiritual and social support.

1With continuous support of the donors, the impact of such programme were:

  • • A reduction in hospitalizations and deaths among our HIV positive children.
  • • They are living longer and more active lives.
  • • Increased children’s social and spiritual development from HIV stunted growth
  • • Sustained children in schools and not in streets as child beggars and domestic workers.

 

Case Stories

caseWhen Magdelene Fernandes’s house was visited at south Goa village, in a remote corner, she was thrilled to receive us to her house which was very small and simple. Sita has three children, the second child a daughter 15 years old is HIV + .Her house made of all plastic, just enough to cover them from sunshine and rain. Earlier she would hardly attend any programmes that were organized in Panjim. Recently she became so regular that she even makes frequent phone calls prior to the programme to ensure that the day is correct. She being a widow, has to take care of three children. Ever since the refreshment programme started she makes sure she brings all her three children, eats well. She also carries a spare container to take the balance of food home if she cannot finish her family share of food.

Omkar and Rohan Naik are brothers. Both parents are HIV+. The boys are studying. The father is an auto driver. Parents find difficult to give variety of food to these growing up boys, because they have to spend for their medicine, rent of the house and other educational expenses. Eating non veg at least once a month is the demand of children. So the mother of these two wait to bring them to Panjim for the programme arranged along with a non-vegetarian lunch .They wait for the last to have a share of the balance to carry home. On the same day the family also collects their nutrition. For them it is a day of fun and learning.

Narvesh Kunkol is a semi orphan 15 years old now but HIV+. The mother died of HIV+ when he was 10 years old. His younger brother was lucky to be born uninfected. The father being an alcoholic cares less for these children. The paternal unmarried aunt has kept the boys with her. She sells flowers in the temple and gets very minimum .The aunt brings the boys for all the programme.

Narvesh always wants tasty food. He at times serves more in his plate than he can eat and happens to waste. Narvesh is on ART. He cannot study much and falls sick very often. He likes the variety of fruits that he gets.

Bibijan Shirati is a widow and a single parent for her children. After her husband’s death she is struggling for her family survival. All her three children are studying and Bibijan works as a Gardner earning Rs 3000 a month .Her younger daughter is HIV+ and both are on ART. In the case of this family they require a lot of nutritious food as well as sufficient motivation to live. Of course Bibijan looks towards this meeting which enables her to boost herself and find a purpose for living. She says this type of meetings and along with it some food really boots her ego. She is happy to meet the other friends and talk about their illness openly.

The total number of children identified and registered for the programme has increased in the year 2012 -2013. Among the 441 infected and affected by HIV / AIDS children registered with Presentation society till August, 157 are from North Goa.

HIV infected persons do not have to die or do they have to live a life of stigma and discrimination.

For the last ten years of Presentation Society’s lighting up lives social centre has enabled children and their families to rise up with new life and meaning. We have seen children once again enjoying their rights to education, leisure and health.

chartIn the monthly programmes in Panjim the attendance of children suddenly increased as we started with nutritious refreshments. There were times when we ran short of food as their attendance were unpredictable in some months. Children had lots of fun and games. This really gave them a relaxing atmosphere. Their circle of friends increased as they began to share about their home and school stories. There were no discrimination of any kind. Children could be just themselves.

Encouragement is given more for HIV+ children to participate in the programme. The HIV positive children get some fruits and biscuits to take away with them.

Children usually enjoy fruits .Mangoes, Papayas and apples were made easily available as part of the nutrition. Majority of these children never get to eat such type of fruits. After lunch a packet of biscuits and fruits are given to them to take home.

Donors support has enabled children to enjoy good mangoes in the May.

Once in two months all the infected children are called for the second time and special food is given to increase their immunity. kidsIt’s terrifying for a child to live a day without parents. Have you ever felt as children the pain of life without your parents ?

Can you hear the cry of this child ?

Manoj just 9 years old studying in 3rd std started sobbing in class suddenly. When teacher called him to her table and asked what happened , he wouldn’t speak. “Has any class mate beat you or tease you?” The teacher inquired. He wouldn’t answer. He kept silent yet still sobbing. The Class Teacher called another teacher from the other class and requested her to find out why the boy is crying bitterly. Finally Manoj says “I am thinking my father. He has not come back from work for days together. I have no one to teach me maths.” Hearing this the teachers’ heart began to melt and drops of tears filled their eyes. Manoj lost his father six months back due to HIV/AIDS. He is still waiting for his father to come back.

When children come for programme, they are made to share aloud about their parents, the good memories and the good time they had with their parents when they were alive. It is a therapy which the counselor carries out in groupwise . It largely takes much time and energy to share their deep feelings.

Results: Boys without fathers grow up to become responsible persons and take up responsibilities of the home. Girls rejected because of their gender attend and complete school and excel and get good employment. Persons wounded by HIV/AIDS survive, CD4 increases, determination to live increases.

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Mothers or widows decides to live for children . God working miracles in the lives of broken perons .

It is happening among God’s people . Yes we believe programmes ,policies and and resources help to sustain people .

We need more persons like you to regain lost dignity and respect for those without status and without a name.

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Presentation Society addresses child protection by working to prevent and respond to all forms of violence against children – including abuse, neglect, and sexual exploitation.

As an organization, we work to address the root causes of poverty and injustice in an integrated, holistic way. Presentation society is committed to promoting an environment in which vulnerable children, their families, and communities are educated and empowered to prevent abuse and exploitation, to protect children from immediate danger, and to restore children who have been exposed to abuse, neglect, exploitation, or violence.

Presentation society focuses on the children who are most vulnerable of HIV/AIDs- those who have been orphaned, who are discriminated, and who are not in school. We educate them about what trafficking is, and the techniques that abusers use to lure children. Empowering these vulnerable children to access quality education, while meeting immediate needs such as food, clothing education and health, can make all the difference for preventing child exploitation and provide a comprehensive protection.

Children who have been abused or exploited need time and care in order to recover. We work to restore and reunite children with their families or extended families and communities when possible and appropriate. But we start by helping children who’ve been exploited to heal through medical, legal, and psychosocial services, providing life and livelihood skills and education. Often, this means providing a safe place for children to go, while offering counseling, enough of recreational activities and nutritious food and other recovery activities.

 

 

 

 

Report-03: Doubling the Reason to Live – Jeevan Project.

Sushma Shirati is a widow and a single parent for her children. After her husband’s death she is struggling for her family survival. All her three children are studying and Sushma works as a Gardner earning Rs 3000 a month .Her younger son is terminally ill which has stunted his growth .He hardly has good friend’s .Sushma and her son is on high medication.

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When Irene Ratos house was visited, in a remote corner in North Goa, she was thrilled to receive our staff to her house which was very small and simple. Irene has three children, the second child frequently falls sick and spends large part of her pension on her daughter’s medication. Her house made of all plastic, just enough to cover them from sunshine and rain. Even Irene quite often quits her job as she finds physically weak.

 

 

 

 

Sickness, poverty, loss of job, discrimination created life difficult and almost impossible for persons and families who are fighting against terminal illnesses especially of HIV/AIDS.

Children’s Right to Survival

The total number of children identified and registered for the programme has increased in the year 2012 -2013. Among the 441 infected and affected by HIV / AIDS children registered with Presentation society till August, 157 are from North Goa.

Project Jeevan where nutritious cooked meals and uncooked food items to reduce the malnutrition and increase the immune system to sustain and secure a caring and nurturing environment for orphans and infected children. It also keep energizing and sustaining infected parents in order that children right to parental or family can be retained.

Jeevan 2012 – 2013.

A Total of 1032 persons in 12 months benefited from Uncooked nutrition programme.

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725 persons benefited from from Cooked nutrition programme.

Impact

Increased in weight and height , better attendance in school,less money for medicine and more for food and education.
Parents sustained from premature death.
The right to a name and parents enhanced.

Presentation Society addresses child protection by working to prevent and respond to all forms of violence against children — including abuse, neglect, and sexual exploitation.

As an organization, we work to address the root causes of poverty and injustice in an integrated, holistic way. Presentation Society is committed to promoting an environment in which vulnerable children, their families, and communities are educated and empowered to prevent abuse and exploitation, to protect children from immediate danger, and to restore children who have been exposed to abuse, neglect, exploitation, or violence.

Presentation Society focuses on the children who are most vulnerable of terminal illnesses, those who have been orphaned, who are discriminated, and who are not in school. Empowering these vulnerable children to access quality education, while meeting immediate needs such as food, clothing education and health, can make all the difference for preventing child exploitation and provide a comprehensive protection.

Report-04: JEEVAN JYOTHI SOCIAL CENTER EDUCATIONAL REPORT 2013-2014

1Project 1:-
Care, support and protection for orphans and vulnerable children in Goa.
Project 2:-
Prevention of HIV/AIDS for migrants in South Goa.
Project 3:-
Edu care for academically weak children to complete high school in North Goa.

Our educational strategy has been:

Objective: 2

  1. Promote educational progress among orphans and vulnerable children of HIV/AIDS.
  2. Continuous participation of volunteers for the educational progress of orphan children with an emphasis on higher education
  3. Form Child Care Committees to tutor school dropouts.
  4. Educate children to ensure their all round self development and growth
  5. Sensitize wider community on the right to education of children in Goa with a special focus on vulnerable children.

 

Presentation society has been working for the last 8 years, helping children and their communities reach their full potential by tackling the impact of HIV/AIDS.

We are also a partner with Goa State Aids Society in the prevention of HIV/AIDS for 12000 high risk migrants making significant progress in helping to prevent new infections and caring for people who have been affected by HIV and AIDS. Prevention, care and support programs has been our top priority in the places where we work. That includes:

Here are some some stories to explain how reaching out to children through our staff is carried out.

STORIES
CASE 1

8Sanjeev Kant (Name changed ) 16 year old has been an orphan for the last 7 years and he has been looked after by his aunt a widow who has two of her own daughters schooling . But for Vijaya ,Sanjeev is considered and treated like her own son who is HIV+ from his birth. She has many concerns to face and understand as she is a single handed person working in Margoa leaving for her job every morning at 7 am and returning at about 7pm . She places all her trusts in the children as she leaves her home . Her two daughters stuying in Vth and V1 th doesnot need much of push where as Sidhu has to be taken care of more than before as he is growing up and has many unneccasry demands and request to be fulfilled by the aunt . He remains frequently absent in higher secondary , having very less motivation to complete his studies. He likes to work to make some quick bugs by working in Casinos Panjim doing small jobs earning upto Rs 400 a day .

Therefore his attendance in school has been not good . The staff of jeevanjyothi has been visiting the school and meeting the teachers ,Sanjeev has improved a lot . He is more regular to studies and motivated to complete his studies . The mentor of Sanjeev has been very keenly guiding him to complete his education and master a skill which can give him a good job in the future.

CASE 2

Joseph fernandes(name changed) is a 12 year old semi orphan boy living with his infected mother along with his two sisters . Joseph’s family lives in St. Estevem , Mapusa in a rented house .This family has been referred to us by GMC Bambolim ART centre to follow up on the case as the mother remained defaulter in medication .

Joseph is a very quiet boy ,studying well He is regular and does his studies well . Being a boy the mother has began giving him additional little responsibilities at home . Besides the mother wanted him to bring in an additional income by employing in a vegitable shop with rs 1000 a month. This brought in a lot of sadness as this took away his right to recreation and play . Jeevanjyothi intervened and put him on donor relative care scheme with Rs 750 a month.

CASE 3
Ravi Harijan has completed his higher secondary studies from Navodaya Vidyalaya, Canacona . He has been a good student ,ambitious and promising ,wanting to achieve something in life .4

He was very keen in doing pharmacy and got admission in Annamacharya college of Pharmacy Andra Pradesh . His fees are high but we have paid him Rs 10000/. His parents are struggling specially the mother . she is a victim of HIV yet works very hard to earn and educate the boy. They have borrowed money.
CASE 4
5Sangeetha Madar(name changed ) is an orphan at the age of 12 and now she is 18 years. She has two sisters ,the elder sister is deaf and dump , the other sister is unmarried but working . Sangeetha has been supported in her education as well as in nutrition for the last six years. She has her aunt and her grand mother who are supporting her and allowing her to continue her education as well as emotionally supported and cared.

Admission to the higer secondary was done by the staff of Jeevnajyothi of Presentation society.During the year three supportive and mentering visits to Higher secondary school was done . Met the headmisterss and the teachers . The report given by the teachers regarding Sangeetha was very good as they see her as very responsible and studious and hard working . she is able to face the challenges as an orphan and able to interact and keep good relation ship with the immediate family and the neighbours.

The challenges are:

 

 

Attendence in Higher secondary school

 

Support from Presentation Society

Sushma continued to receive support and guidance. 3 Home visits and 4 school visits by the staff of Presentation society and Sushma is happy about it . sushma has visited the centre 4 times To take admission in the higher seconday,To collect her educational kit ,To collect her rain wear and foot wear,To collect her travel allowance to college.

6DhanarajKerkar (name changed) has been fighting for his health for the last 17 years . he lost his father and mother at the age of five .His grandmother has been taking care of them ever since . Running from hospitals to clinics and to NGOs for help and support has brought solace at times but has terribly experienced discrimination from hospitals and individuals even recently.Dhanaraj has been regular to school inspite of his bad health many a times . Our staff Supriya Mandrekar has visited his school and his house many timesto ensure that completes his studies as he is answering his Xth exams this year.

The Achievements of year 2013-14

Type Year 2013-14 Previous years Total
New vulnerable children Reg. 250 329 579
No.of orphans 18 54 72
No. of Semi orphans identified 84 232 316
No of infected children 14 49 64
No.of children recd counseling 174 374 558
No.of children received edu. Support 202 345 547
No. times ART follow up done 240 345 585
CD4 follow up 122 365 487
Children on nutrition 54 254 308
No.of family counseling 22 231 253
No. of adolescent counseling 51 267 318
No. of house visits 310 970 1280
No.of Educational Institution Visits 65 543 508
No.Group sessions 28 68 96
No. of boarding visits 29 40 69
No. of children on foster care 35 15 50
No. of outings (children) 10 45 55
Events for children 13 45 58
No. of Dss scheme enabled 5 35 40

 

Conclusion
7Our interactions and learnings working with orphans and vulnerable children in the last 8 years have established an understanding that they need great psychological and emotional care because they are in a phase of great change . These children highly susceptible to negative influence, lack foresight and underestimate risks.

These are the factors that lead them to make poor or wrong decisions. This is why they need guidance ,support and care .A vulnerable child grows up in an extended family and that family need to be caring enough ,bonded enough where a growing up orphan child feels wanted and protected .

Our experience in working with such children reveals that often, those children who have lost their parents live in a very vulnerable community where their rights are denied or ignored by all the stake holders .From the time of his/her childhood to adulthood even later such persons remain vulnerable .

A vulnerable child or tend to require intensive counselling and follow ups ,care and guidance in order to make proper and wise decisions which are neither harmful to oneself or others in the society . Such inputs will enable to rectify earlier deprivations of emotional support and they can be brought under the safety nets which is every child’s entitlement. Having worked with and for children for almost 8 years we at Jeevanjyothi believes that if children and adolescents who are most vulenarble are nurtured enough, their whole future turns into a bright burning light ,becoming a blessing and an asset to the family and society at large. We who are well protected and care for must never desire to take advantage of the weak.