Programmes

The Beneficiaries receive following benefits from the Organization:

1. Supply of Nutrition:

The total number of HIV infected persons registered in FLAME as of now is 639 (Men: 184 Women: 340; Children 48 (male: 15, female: 33). The number persons died so far is 67. Out of 639 infected persons 140-150 persons are receiving nutrition support from FLAME. Only the deserving infected persons who are living without the support of relatives, blood brothers and sisters and who can not physically do hard works any more receive our nutrition support. The nutrition support includes 15kgs of rice, nutrition powder, 1litre edible oil, 1kg dhall, detergent soap, bathing soap, shampoo etc. They do not depend on anybody in their village. They are able to have 3 times meal a day in the family. We provide nutritious and planned diet for the beneficiaries during the three day camp that is held every month for the beneficiaries at our care centre. Their CD4 count is increasing. They are happy and feel grateful to the Organization.

2. Educational Support to the Children:

Every year nearly 150-160 HIV infected and affected children get educational support from FLAME. There children get educational support from us by way of note-books, educational tools, school uniforms and bags. The school fee is also taken care of by the Organization. FLAME receives support in cash or kind from the like-minded persons in and around Dindigul District and distributes to the children according to their needs. In the month of June and July 2013, 5 children were re-schooled. 20 children were admitted in the hostel and 7 children were transferred from the Government school to the management School run by the religoius organizations. Also we refer the deserving children to Nesakaram-SEEDS, a children home run by the Franciscans.

3. Medical Care to the infected Persons:

FLAME provides clinical facilities exclusively to the infected persons after the consultation with Medical Practitioner. Regularly 15-20 persons get treatment in the clinic every day. Nurses distribute prescribed medicines to the infected persons with love and care. I.V. Fluid is injected the persons based on the prescription of the physician.

4. Day care facilities to the HIV infected persons:

Day care facilities to the HIV infected persons means that the infected person who wants to relax and watch television come to the office and spends at least 1 or 2 hours. Since Dindigul is the District head quarter, the inflowing of the infected persons are many into the town for various purposes. During their visit to the office they relax and go home. We encourage them to come to the centre as often as possible if they feel bored and didturbed. Nearly 10-15 infected persons a day come over to the Care Centre and relax and reenergize themselves.

5. Counseling:

Counseling plays a vital role in maintaining the serenity of the mind. Infected persons psychologically get relieved of the mental agonies and worries. Every new client identified either by the staff during the field visit or referred from the Government Hospital go through the process of counseling. They receive intensive knowledge on HIV/AIDS and the practical way of living healthy life. There are 190 infected persons who are under our care, undergo Anti-Retro viral therapy (ART) treatment. They are given follow up counseling on the medication and the nutrition practices. Every day approximately 5 infected persons receive counseling. They are able to sustain the CD4 count by in-taking ART regularly.

6. HIV/AIDS Awareness Programme conducted in the educational Institutions and villages:

The aim is to spread awareness among the students in the educational Institutions and the people in rural villages. The awareness team aims to promote HIV/AIDS free society by giving more knowledge on HIV/AIDS and its bad effects in the family and in the community. For this purpose we have formed an awareness team consisting of 15 HIV infected women. The programme includes skit, awareness songs and dance. The awareness team insists the participants on to have a test done for HIV before the marriage takes place and reminds on the moral values to be followed. We have conducted 25 awareness programmes in 2012-2013 in the rural villages, educational Institutions (schools and Colleges) and in urban areas. Totally 10000 people have received knowledge and 10% of them have volunteered for testing.

7. Referral services to the Hospice:

FLAME does referral service to the Hospice for residential care and support to the HIV infected persons. The referral cases normally are the infected persons who fail to continue the ART medication and treatment due to their negligence. In this situation they come to the Center for treatment. We refer them to Jeevan Jothi Hospice in Theni and Arulagam Hospice in Kannivadi. We use our Ambulance to take the patients to such places. This year we have referred 5 patients to these Hospices. We try to minimize the ART default cases through our field visit and counseling. In this regard we had discussion with Tamilnadu State AIDS Control Society (TNSACS) to control the number of default cases through regular meetings and field visit to the areas. We have selected 50 area level volunteers (Women and men) to identify the default cases and new cases of HIV positive. 

8. Summer Camp for the Children:

In the month May 2013, summer camp for the children was organized for 12 days (1st -12th May) with the closing ceremony on the 12th. 60 Children of HIV positive parents participated in the camp. Of them, 5 children are living with HIV. Resource persons were invited to give skills and knowledge on various subjects like, painting, moral, personality development, leadership qualities, drawing, children parliament, rights of the children, spray painting, creative work etc were given. Singing, dancing and other entertainment activities were also provided. During the evenings sports and games were organized to the children to have physical exercises. Staffs also mingled with them to see their performances. Apart from these, trekking was organized to Kurusadi which is 3 kms from PAASATHOTTAM (where our centre is situated). On 6th May all the children were taken to one day trip to Madurai. Children enjoyed site seeing as well as gained knowledge about various historical places.

9. Monthly Meetings/ trainings:

Monthly meeting is the regular occurrence of FLAME programme. Nearly 130-140 women and 20-30 men attend the meeting every month. The components of the meeting includes SHG meeting, yoga, practice, legal aid, medical camp, naturopathy, confidence building classes, nutrition materials distribution, women’s rights based classes and any other subjects that are important to the beneficiaries are provided. Resource persons are invited every month on various subjects to give classes. Nearly 40-50 children of the infected parents also participate in the meeting every month. Staff in-charge for the children every month organizes group games, story telling, drawing, and entertainment activities.

10. Organization of Self-Help Groups:

FLAME has formed 10 self-help groups among the infected women and 2 men SHG. Each SHG consists of 12 members. They have opened Bank accounts in Indian Overseas Bank, Dindigul Branch. After screening the performance of these SHGs the Bank Manager as distributed Rs. 1,80,000 initially to 6 groups. Every member has received Rs. 2,500 each. They have started small scale businesses like vegetables vending, flour grinding and selling, etc. Apart from this we have distributed Rs.3,50,000 to 70 members in the year 2012-2013. The beneficiaries have started increasing the daily income by rearing goats, cows, running tiffin stalls, Poultry etc,. The members are able to earn 150-200 per day from the small enterprises they have undertaken.

Each member saves Rs. 100 per month. All the members in 10 SHGs have saved Rs. 1, 35,000 so far. The members revolve the money among them for emergency purposes. They repay it in an installment basis without fail.

We are happy to note that one of our self-help groups has obtained permission from the collector to run a stall near Government Hospital. Through this many are making their living by selling their products like jute bags, pickels, phenoyle, washing poweder, eatebles, etc.

11. Networking with other NGOs:
Networking with the like-minded NGOs helps us to strengthen the implementation of the activities at grass-root level. We have developed networking with Educational Institutions, Government Health Centres, NGOs and volunteers.

Networking with other NGOs enabled us;
  • To identify 23 HIV positive people through reference.
  • 5 patients were sent to Jeevan Jothi Hospice, Arulagam Hospice and Care Centre run by Family Planning Association.
  • 12 awareness programmes have been conducted upon the invitation.
  • 25 children were admitted in Punitha Soosaiappar Hr. Sechool, St. Joseph’s Girls Hr. School, Philaminal School and Our Lady Girls Hr. School
  • 5 children were given hostel facilities
  • 2 children were sent to Nesakaram-SEEDS

  • These are the impacts that the beneficiaries have received during the one year. The continuation of the benefits will be provided to the People living with HIV/AIDS and the children infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.

    12. Legal Aid:

    FLAME also supports the people through imparting legal knowledge to them by helping them to know their rights. In many cases when the family comes to know that a particular person is infected by HIV, the family members deny the victim of their basic rights. In such situations FLAME takes up the issues and fights for their rights.

    3.0.0. Children Parliament

    FLAME has extended its service to other areas as well in the recent past. One such activity is to focus on the overall development of the children. In the morden age, the children are undergoing a lot of pressure from every corner. The world has become so competitive.

    Therefore to help the children focus on their future we have started a programme for the children called as ‘children parliament’ where the children are formed based on the Indian Parliament. In the meetings of children parliament they discuss about various problems of the society and finally they take the issues to the government officials concerned.

    This programme helps the children to grow in their leadership qualities and makes them responsible for the society. They also learn vairou skill during this programme.

    4.0.0 Environmental Progammes:

    FLAME, being a Franciscan organaization, strongly felt the need to extend its service to the society based on environmental issues. We have initiated a fight against the use of plastics by introducing jute and reusable bags. The bags are stiched by the members of our self help groups.

    The cultural team of FLAME also organizes enviromental awareness programmes in the schools by way of cultural programmes and conducting various competitions for the children based on the theme of eclology.

    Conclusion:

    Through FLAME the Franciscans in Dindigul are working hard for the overall development of the downtroden and the deprived of the soceity. In particular we want to focus on the HIV/AIDS, the killer disease that is still spreading across the country. The children are the future hope for the society. Therefore we aim at using them as our weapon to transform the society. The sound eco- system is the need of the hour. Hence we strongly feel that it is our responsibility to initiate activities to save our mother earth. We hope and pray that more and more generous and kind hearted people join hands with us to support the cause.
     

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