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Making Little Dreams Survive with Smile


Smile Foundation and Child Survival India [CSI] has come together for a project on named Nanhe Sapne (Little Dreams) in the most vulnerable areas of Delhi, the capital of India. The project takes the responsibility of providing care, support and mainstreaming of HIV inflicted, affected and vulnerable children. The focus, undoubtedly, is on children inflicted with HIV, children of HIV inflicted parents as well as vulnerable children living on streets, including child labours.

Resource Centre for Sexual Health and HIV/AIDS [RCSHA], New Delhi came forward as the technical partner for the project.

About the Partner

Child Survival India (CSI) is an organization established in the year 1991 by a group of young professionals with an aim to help the marginalized and vulnerable sections of community to find new avenues and alternatives.

The organization is primarily working in the field of Health (RCH, HIV/ AIDS prevention, support for HIV/ AIDS infected & affected); gender sensitization for rural (school) student’s teachers and their parents; adolescent girls and boys; literacy, legal issues and organizing mahila panchayat for empowerment of rural women.

The Project

Nanhe Sapne (Little Dreams) is the project name initiated by Smile Foundation and CSI. It will take up the responsibility of providing care, support and mainstreaming of HIV inflicted, affected and vulnerable children. The focus, undoubtedly, is on children inflicted with HIV, children of HIV inflicted parents as well as vulnerable children living on streets, including child labours.

The target areas for the project Nanhe Sapne (Little Dreams) are few of the most needy and deserving localities of Delhi, such as Narela, Holambi Khurd, Holambi Kalan, Kherkhud, Bhorgarh, Sanjay Gandhi Transport Nager and Rohini.

A brief description of a few of the target project areas are as follows:

Kherakhud is a rural village located in outskirts of Delhi, about 20kms from Main G. T Karnal Road. CSI is operating its regional office from this place which is also functioning as the joint project office.

Sanjay Gandhi Transport Nagar is in North West Delhi near the GT Karnal Road Bypass. It is a major halt point for truck drivers, helpers and cleaners. It is surrounded by a number of slums like Seemapur and Jahangirpuri. The area is also dominated by transport company owners, brokers, loaders, labourers, petrol pump staff, mechanics, road side eateries and tea stall owners as well as female sex workers. All these made this locality vulnerable and hence most deserving for attention.

Holambi Kalan is situated in North West part of Delhi near Holambi Village. It is divided into two geographical phases- Phase I and II with 7200 houses in each, i.e. 43,000 individuals in one phase approximately. The people here have been relocated around 3 years back from in and around Delhi. The majority of the communities are migrants from states like Bihar, Bengal and Uttar Pradesh, working as daily wager earners with an average salary of Rs 3000 to 4000 per month.

Narela Industrial Area is surrounded by Narela Village. CSI already has a good presence here. Smile Foundation and CSI have done a couple of community based short term activities in recent past.

The project aims will identify and cover all vulnerable/ at-risk and infected children, enabling them to lead a healthy and productive life.

The objective of the project is to:

Help HIV/ AIDS affected children to cope with HIV infection in family and also their own infections. Increase knowledge on HIV/ AIDS issues and reduce risk behaviors like unsafe sex and drug abuse practices amongst the vulnerable children. To prepare the families and communities to take care of HIV/ AIDS affected children. To provide Non-formal education to vulnerable children and mainstream these children to some formal government school, as best as possible. To facilitate Vocational Training, at some suitable training institution(s) run by Govt./NGOs, to such children after they have completed NFE (non-formal education); their regular follow-up and facilitating their engagement in some gainful activities/employment with help from Training Institutions.

Target beneficiaries of the Project:

50 HIV/ AIDS affected children,
360 vulnerable children (5-16 years) in targeted community’s e.g child laborers, street children, out of school children and adolescent.
50 girls being covered only in PPTCT( Prevention from parents to child transmission) workshops (6 proposed)

HIV infected /affected children shall be provided with the following:

Antiretroviral treatment through linkages with govt. run programme
Pediatric disclosure: talking to children about HIV/ AIDS
Supportive care (counseling, emotional support, providing education, health, nutritional therapy, gainful engagements etc.) HIV prevention education
Facilitate admission to Vocational Training Centers; mainstreaming out-of-school children to some formal schools-after remedial education support; provide uniform, books and reading materials.
To provide school fees, toiletries and nutrition supports besides certain other provisions like rentals and electricity bills etc.
To provide funeral expenses in case of a death
Arrange outings, festival celebrations, creativity workshops, special workshops on child sexual abuse, HIV/AIDS transmission.
Life skills training (in self defense, negotiation skills etc.) for affected children.

For vulnerable children (street and working children, adolescent girls, youths (14-19 years):

Establish learning centers for street/ working children
Conduct life skills sessions on peer pressures, conflict resolution, sexual abuse, HIV/ AIDS etc for working /street children (adolescents)
Organize monthly health check up camps and provide follow up & health services
Special workshops on early age marriage, condom negotiations and prevention of parent to child transmission of HIV for adolescent girls
Special long term programmes for adolescent girls imparting life skills integrated with vocational skill training
Special workshops on STIs, HIV/ AIDS and condom usage for youths.

Special Focus

50 girls being covered only in PPTCT (Prevention from Parents to Child Transmission) Programme under the project
Special long term programmes for adolescent girls imparting life skills integrated with vocational skill training
Special design to make the programme self sustainable in the communities and localities.

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