Priyadarshini working women’s Hostel
Priyadarsini working women’s hostel is a self sustained hostel with 49 sharing or single rooms, two dormitories and food is provided to the inmates. Lunch boxes are being provided to the inmates. 24 hours security is provided with professional security personnel. The timings of the work of the inmates are informed to the security person and the warden.
Children’s Village: A Transit Home for OVC
Children’s Village accommodates 15-20 children under the care of three mothers. These children are CAA and CLHA. Their psychosocial, medical, educational needs are effectively meet with strong linkages-educational institution, health care services and social welfare schemes. Children’s Vulnerability decreased with the support of VMM. Reunion with family, counseling of family members and encouraging the community for foster care are the main strategies. The regular evaluation is done. 10 CAA, 6 CLHA and orphans were provided shelter at the home.
Fathima an Orphan child
Sk.Fathima is a 5 years old girl staying at Children’s village, Vemavaram, Vijayawada rural Mandal. She is living with HIV, her mother is Ramana and father is Giri. Ramana got inter caste love marriage with a person from Muslim community at the age of 20 years. He is very poor went to daily wage work for their livelihood. Ramana is a house wife. A very few months later she met Giri and maintains Illegal relationship with him. By knowing this truth her husband gave a warning but she did not care and maintain same relationship. Due to this reason her husband left the family. After that she got remarriage with Giri and lived in a rented house at Sundaraiah Nagar, Vijayawada. After a few months she became pregnant and she maintains some extra marital affairs. One day she went to Government hospital for regular check up, during the checkups they conducted HIV test, she resulted HIV positive. Raman delivered her baby at home without Neviripine projection. Within three years of baby born, her husband Giri also left the family. After this incident she continued extra marital affairs. After a few months she became sick, neighbors joined her in Govt hospital. She died in hospital due to HIV/AIDS
After the deceased of Ramana, Fathima became orphan and nobody was there to take care of her. At that time Ramana’s first husband took her into his family. Ramana’s first husband got another marriage with Begam. They named to the child “Fathima” and caring the child as their own daughter.
After a few months, Fathima exposed some skin rashes and wounds and took her to the hospital and she was tested HIV positive. Begam with limited knowledge became afraid, thinking that it may spread like other diseases. They came to know about VMM children’s village from field staff of VMM and joined her in children’s village as Begam was not ready to keep Fathima with her other three daughters.
Children village outreach workers took her to Government hospital and gave medicines. Staff took her to CD4 testing on 11-11-2009. Present count is 451 and they were suggested to stop ARV medicine temporarily. Now she is very happy and mingled with other children freely. Children’s village staff taking special cares for her. They provided special nutrition food like Ragi Java, leafy vegetables, Dall, Banana and other nutrition foods. Now she is one of the active inmates in Children’s Village and will go to school from next month.
Saraswathi Gora Youth Center
Saraswathi Gora Youth centre is initiated with Abbott Fund support to cater to the occupational and placement needs of the youth (15 – 22 years) living on the streets of Vijayawada through behavioral change. It has started for utilization from 2 October 2007. VMM has reviewed the project to initiate new strategies and to provide services keeping in view the needs of youth vis-à-vis the objectives of the project. Besides monthly reviews, M&E visits were made by VMM lead partner team. The feed back is taken with regard to the facilities wise and indicator wise and necessary steps have been taken to overcome the gaps.
Street to workplace as an Employee
J.Chandra sekhar, 21 years old from Karnool district, studied up to 10th class in his village. Later he joined in a college for further studies. He discontinued studies due to financial problems in family. He is more interested in studies but his parents pressurized to go for daily work and earn money for family, but he was not interested in daily wage work. One day he made a big clash with his parents in this regard, and went away to Ongole without any information. He worked as a daily labor in that place and earned INR 100 per day. He used to send some money to his parents. He suffered very much in Ongole; he slept nights on road, platforms, bus station and Railway station. There is no proper food and accommodation like wise he lived in miserable conditions. At that time he met some rag pickers and he used to go with them for picking of rags whenever he had no work. At that time he faced some bad incidents from his peer group sometimes they beaten and robbed his money. He faced many problems with police department also; Sometimes they took him to station and applied third degree methods on him. At that time he was unable to walk for a week days. Due to these incidents he was afraid and came to Vijayawada by train without any ticket.
In Vijayawada he tried for Job for his livelihood, but he was not succeeded. Nobody trusted on him as he seems to be like a pickpocket. He slowly started doing pick pocketing to satisfy his Hunger. At that time he met with some street children in Vijayawada Railway station. In season he went as a supplier to functions along with them and in un-season he used to go for hire rickshaw pulling.
During this time SGYC outreach staff met him in Vijayawada Railway station. They gave medicine for his wounds on legs and gave information about SGYC. Outreach staff frequently met him and develops rapport with him. During the visits they gave counseling on high risk behavior, Behaviour change communication (BCC), modes of transmission of HIV and the facilities available in SGYC. He convinced and came to Youth center. SGYC staff maintains good linkages with local Industries, Shed owners and Shop owners; they joined him in Abhuyadaya water plant as a water boy. He earned 100 rupees per day in that job. SGYC staff gave him suggestions and awareness about savings. After that he opened a savings account in Kanuru post office and saved some money. After a few months VMM management satisfied with his good behavior and appointed as a watchman for SGYC. Now he is an employee of VMM, SGYC staff encouraged him to restart his education. He joined in distance education for graduation (Bachelor of Arts) B.A in Dr. B R Ambedkar Open University. Management also encouraged and gave some amount for his fees expenses. Now he is maintaining good relations with his parents and sending some money for his family maintenance. He inspires with the activities of VMM and he had an ambition, after completion of his studies he wants to join in NGO sector for giving services to needy community people like VMM.
Skill Development programme
VMM is providing skill development trainings to adolescent boys/girls, women self help group members with support from NABARD under Micro Enterprise Development and Rural Enterprise development programme.
Picturing Hope is an innovative initiative to give children impacted by HIV/AIDS the power to express them creativity and it teaches children to understand their feelings and express them through words and images in supportive environments- Through Their Eyes. Coping up with day to day challenges can be especially difficult for children in India who have been impacted by HIV/AIDS and lack of health care.
Picturing Hope-India has been scaled up to reach to children through new strategies to make the children to express through various methods like cartoons, animated pictures and handicrafts in addition to photography. The interventions of Picturing Hope were managed in nine NGOs located in eight districts: seven in coastal (Srikakualm, Vijayanagaram, Visakhapatnam, West Godavari, Krishna District, Gunter, Prakasam) and one in Rayalaseema (Chittoor).
Children have documented four films on various issues like stigma, rehabilitation of a street youth and quality of life of children affected by HIV and AIDS.