Profile of the organization
The international religious congregation of the Adorers of the Blood of Blood of Christ was founded by St. Maria de Mathias in 1834 in Italy. Its first branch in India was opened in 1978 with the goal of protecting and promoting the life of women and children in particular through varied activities. Since 2009 the Adorers are actively ministering by catering to the needs of the PLHA in Kolar and neighboring districts
Background of Aradhana convent& Christy Girl’s home
The Adorers came to Kolar in the year 2008 and started to net work with the Government hospital in the service of people living with HIV and their families. Since February 2009 we have extended our services to inpatient care through “Samagra” Community care centre, housed in SNR District Hospital managed by the Sisters Adorers, is a PPP model and is the first of its kind in the country. The CCC has 20 beds to provide treatment for those patients who needs admission; SNR district hospital and the hospital provides space, investigations and services of doctors free of cost. The rest of the areas of care were managed by the NGO
Apart from the inpatient services we also provided outreach services to 726 families mainly surveying their families assessing their needs and linking them to various services that are available in and outside the district. 42 HIV infected children were helped to find a home and were referred to Child care institutions to continue their life with quality. Over 150 children are given educational support. Two residential camps are organized every year for infected children.
The affected children had literally no help, thus in order to support the affected. In 2013 Christy girls home, a residential facility for girl children affected HIV/AIDS was established and was registered under the Department of Women and Child Development, Karnataka.
To provide quality health care to the sick, that is comprehensive and holistic, with a preferential option for the people infected and affected with HIV/AIDS.
“Protect and promote life”
COMMUNITY CARE CENTER FOR HIV/AIDS PATIENTS.
To be a positive force in addressing the comprehensive needs of the HIV/AIDS persons, ensuring their dignity and overall quality of life, by motivating, caring, supporting and rehabilitating them, with a priority for the palliative care of those who are in the end stage of the disease.
Background of Samagra Community care centre (CCC)
In Kolar district we net work with the Government hospital in the service of people living with HIV and their families since 2008. The Health Commissioner took the initiative and issued a government order to start the CCC in the SNR District hospital, Kolar, as an “Integrated Medical model” aimed at the benefit of the PLHIV in the district. The proposal was to initiate a PPP (Public private partnership) model where the medical care would be provided by the government hospital and outreach work, supplementary nutrition, psycho-social counseling services and nursing care would be executed with an NGO. The other specialist services like gynecology, surgery, medicine, psychiatry, orthopedics and pediatrics’ would be provided by the in-house medical team. This paved the way to initiate a new CCC namely “Samagra” at the SNR district Hospital, Kolar on 26 February 2009. The “Samagra” CCC is managed by the Sisters Adorers of the Blood of Christ (ASC) congregation. The CCC is functioning in a PPP model and is housed in the District Hospital under the direct supervision of the District Surgeon – This is the first of its kind in the country.
Some of the services offered by the CCC from 2009 till date …
Nursing & Medical care
The Centre has four full time nursing staff, one counselor, two outreach workers and other volunteers who provide quality care. Medical care is addressed by doctors from SNR Hospital and referrals are given to higher centers. Medical services includes,
- NEW INPATIENT ADMISSION
- RE ADMISSION
- DAY CARE
- BLOOD TRANSFUSION
- PLURAL/PERITONIAL TAP
- ART INITIATION
- PALLIATIVE CARE
- REFERALS TO HIGHER CENTRES
- HIV-TB TREATMENT
OI s care and services include surgical services leveraged from the district hospital for abscess drainage, lymphadenitis, hemorrhoids, and biopsies and inter costal drainage. x -Ray and hematological investigations, ultra sound scanning are leveraged free from the district hospital. For other investigations such as lumbar puncture and CSF analysis, the CCC maintains a tie up with private lab with reduced charges based on the paying capacity of the patients.
Day care& Psycho-Social services
Day Care is provided for PLHIV with minor opportunistic infections attending the OP clinics, ICTC and ART centers. This service is mostly utilized by PLHIV who has access to the centre from very far and remote areas of the district. During the time that the PLHIV is admitted, counseling and education is offered on treatment adherence, nutritional supplements, pain relief and symptomatic care and home based care are given.
Apart from the food provided by the district hospital, additional nutritional support is given to all the patients.
Current interventions in HIV/AIDS
Samagra has facilities for catering to 18 patients at a stretch, 10 for male and 8 for female. The centre accommodates patients from all over the district of Kolar and surrounding districts and states as well. Samagra seeks to address holistically all the components of care required of PLHIV, their right to dignity and respect, to be treated as significant people, their right to spiritual support, access to counseling care and treatment. We give ourselves to this challenging mission with greater commitment to touch the hearts of many more PLHIV making a difference in their lives with our compassionate presence and quality care.
CHRISTY GIRLS HOME.
Christy Girls Home was inaugurated on 28th October 2013 with six girls. Now we have 18 girls from the age group of 6-14 and all are continuing their academic studies in the Aided school of Kolar.
To ensure quality of life for the OVC by comprehensively addressing their felt needs of protection, health, education and psycho-social support.
- Creating a home for the OVC that is the closest alternative to a biological family
- Providing opportunities for the development of natural skills and creativity through educational programmes.
- Educate young females affected by HIV and to equip themselves with necessary skills to lead a dignified life.
- Ensuring mental, emotional and spiritual well being of the children through psycho-social interventions
- Further prevention of new HIV infection and flesh trade.
- Mobilizing the community responses for reintegrating children back to the community as responsible and productive citizens
- Involving public and private sector for cost-effective and sustainable of service delivery
Our community welcomes the girl children of the HIV positive parents who are poor and neglected. Some children who are with us do not have parents; they reside with us from 6 years to 18 years to be formed to become independent women in the future. We provide them psychological, nutritional, educational and spiritual, integrated formation even inviting expertise. We help them so that the dreams of our children come true….
Activities – 2016
Picnics and outings
After summer Holidays children returned to the home on 2nd may 2015 and on 5th & 6th May they were taken to Mysore for two days picnic, they visited Mysore palace, Brindavan, zoo, Chamundi hills and St. Philomena’s church. On their way back they also had an opportunity to visit Aradhana Academy and the NGO headquarters in Bangalore.
This was a novel initiative in collaboration with Snehagram – Krishnagiri. The camp was organized in two parts The first half of the summer camp was organized from 9 – 14 May 2016 Kalesh and Gauthami from Snehagram along with our staff were the resource team. Yoga , systematic gardening, basic computer skills, running , throw ball, spoken English, dance , tailoring , art and craft were the main areas of focus.
Second half of the camp was from May 17- to 21, – Vanitha and Lakshmikanth from Snehagram joined us and the focus of the week to enhance Leadership qualities, Public speaking and life skills O head quarters.
Children attend Methodist Higher primary and high school in Kolar town they new academic year started on 1st June. This year two of girls were admitted to English medium to 8th STD. Every evening and morning they are provided with additional help to do their home work and study their lesson regularly. The children are given special learning assistance for completing their secondary and higher secondary level of education through formal school curriculum. The scholastic performance of each child is kept under close watch and necessary correctional actions are made.
Children participated in various schools and inter school competitions and won prizes. They also performed dance at Rangamandira on 15th August.
Intervention with the families
The parents / relatives of these children are encouraged to visit the children at least once a month and to take them home for special occasions like marriage /village festivals. Before children are sent home for long holidays parents meeting is organized and a specific topic of their concern is discussed. On 9th October the topic of discussion was Disclosure of parents HIV status to children, its advantages and disadvantages. In collaboration with KHPT support to 10 families with a small livelihood project was rolled out in on 3rd October.
At the completion of secondary school children will be categorized through attitude, aptitude and skill audits. They will be given appropriate training. It is visualized that the children will become earning members in their late adolescent period. Those children who are academically proficient will be supported to reach to professional competency. Thus the goal of making the children productive or earning members in the society and prevent all forms of exploitation of OVC
After receiving Training in Governmental structure we are enabled to go to other centre’s where HIV positive children are taken care of. There are different entities who are dedicated for this cause of taking care of the infected children abandoned by own families. They are a special group at risk of many infections and vulnerable to many facts. Sr. Bridget visits the centre‘s in different parts of Karnataka as a resource person and provide counseling and other input sessions to these children who are in other institutions. She also conducts training programs for the counselors and care takers of these children.
OUT REACH PROGRAMMES.
The Kolar ASC community also is collaborating with other NGO s in providing care to those HIV positive children living in their own homes. They are on anti retro viral medicine which the State provides freely and are dispersed in various parts of the District. But we follow their nutritional, psychological, general health and educational development. There is a net work of collaboration and we have almost 100 children in this District alone whom we follow regularly. We bring them together at least 4 times in a year for an integrated follow up which includes; Counseling sessions, medical camps, and input sessions on various topics, skill development programs, and cultural competitions etc. the Adorers collaborate with the camillian Fathers in this unique venture.
Individual as well as Group counseling support is offered by an experienced and trained counselor to every child on a regular basis, to enable the children to handle their emotional difficulties and the traumas they have undergone. It also helps them to develop coping skills and boosts up their confidence level to face the stigma & discrimination their families face and to accept the chronic illness of their family members thus to grow as responsible citizens.
Children are supported and trained to shape their own lives taking small decisions on a day today basis that concerns their life through Child parliament. On 18th June 2016 Ms. Charlet from INSA trained the children to form a child parliament and to elect their representatives. On the following day they elected their leaders following all the procedures and protocols of a democratic system and thus learning more about democratic practices. In the following days they prepared their roles and responsibilities and prepared themselves to take up responsibilities.
On July 2nd we had the Investiture ceremony in the Presence of Dr. Jagadish, District AIDS prevention and control officer, Kolar. He appreciated the children and encouraged them to aim higher in life, using all the opportunities that are available.
Every child’s birthday is celebrated at Christy; children also share their joy with their classmates and teachers at school by sharing chocolates. Children went home to take part in the festivals with their family members or relatives during Dussera and Diwali holidays. Children’s day was celebrated on 15th November and staff entertained the children with various cultural activities and fun games. Winners were awarded prizes.
- Cultural and sports competition
On 20th November children had one day cultural and sports completions. Children were divided into 3 houses with names of their choice such as shining star, golden star and diamond girls. Following events were conducted: Running, Frog race, Aiming the ball, Filling the bottle , Throw ball, Rangoli Singing solo & Group, Pick and speak, Drawing, Painting, Dance Solo & group Fancy dress, Quiz and Essay writing .
Mr. Bosco, Mr. Suresh and Mr. Augustine members of St. Mary’s Parish youth group formed the panel judges. All the children participated in the events and received medals. Mr. Sijil Joseph, MAC AIDS programme manager, volunteered to organize the day along with his family.
Medical checkup and care
: children are monitored regularly for growth and development receive medical help as and when required from Anugraha nursing home, Hope hospital and SNR hospital. As per the advice of the doctor care was provided to all those who needed additional care and nutrition. Growth chart is also maintained.
children are provided with facilities for indoor and outdoor games. A well laid play ground with play materials is available to the children. They also engage in badminton, throw ball, kho- kho and many other games daily after the school hours and at night after supper