Caring to empower

Rakesh Yadav (name changed) lives in Manpada slums  and used to work for a transport company. His family owned a truck on which he would go for his work trips. During one of these trips he contracted the HIV/AIDS. Once detected, our volunteers met him and counselled him and his wife, who too had contracted the disease. Today Girish is gainfully employed with a interior designer firm. His wife, who was illiterate, has learned to read and write and is working in a school. Rakesh and his wife are...
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Maternal Healthcare

Pooja is from Uttar Pradesh has migrated to the Anand Nagar slums a few years ago.  Her husband works as a driver.  We met her during her third pregnancy in June 2012.  The first time she had had a miscarriage, and the second time she delivered stillborn twins. This time too she was unwell all through her pregnancy and was very anemic. She did not even take her tablets regularly.  When we started visiting her, the first thing we encouraged her to do was to eat. Our team also spoke to her about...
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Where there is a will there is a way

Where there is a will, there is a way 60-year-old Pavitra was the first to register for the Adult Literacy Programme as she asked herself the question, “What stops me from learning to read and write?” Because of her age, Pavitra finds it difficult to keep up with the rest in her class but she is persevering. She has not only taken up the challenge to read and write but has also become an inspiration to many young men and women who come to these classes.
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HIV/AIDS Testing Camp

It’s been a year since we have partnered with Jeevan Sahara Kendra, (an organization that provides medical care to people living with HIV/AIDS). Our second testing camp at Kokanipada in August saw great results with 137 people being tested.   People generally have apprehensions about getting tested at such camps, and according to JSK staff, this ICTC (government-recognized) camp has seen a tremendous response.
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Success stories…

Nervous and silent, Anushka’s reply in class would be a standard ‘I can’t do it”. With special attention and encouragement from our teachers, there has been a gradual change in her. She is now eager to learn and interacts easily with teachers, even joining her sister to study.
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