About Prathyasha



Founded by Mellow Circle in early 2007, Prathyasha is a Home of Hope for Children with HIV AIDS. It takes care of the physical, emotional, educational, nutritional and medical well-being of these children by housing them in our own home, so that their days on earth have a humane touch, a touch of dignity. Hence the name 'Prathyasha', meaning hope.

Prathyasha is located on a 17000 sq.ft. Plot near Avadi, Chennai, India and is currently home to 21 children. Our goal is to increase this number to 50 children in the near future.

The land for Prathyasha was donated by Mr. K.N. Oommen in memory of his late wife Mrs. Mary Oommen.


Objectives

  • To address the physical, emotional and medical needs of children with HIV AIDS
  • To provide free shelter, food, education, clothing and health care
  • To extend counselling, psychological support and community care for children
  • To equip such orphans with life skills and moral values
  • To establish a vocational training centre for children above 15 years
  • To increase awareness on AIDS and AIDS related issues

Facilities

Prathyasha is much more than a home for these abandoned children and we try to ensure that this is their home away from home.
We are very well staffed with a Project Coordinator, Home Caretaker, Asst Caretaker, Cook, Maid, Watchman and Driver.
Apart from this we have a part time Tutor who helps the children with their school lessons and spoken English classes.

A guidance Counsellor visits the children periodically to assist the children and to address problems they may be facing.
Members from Mellow Circle take turns to teach them various skills such as Musical Instruments, Singing and Acting to name a few.
The home has two dormitories, one each for the girls and the boys.
The home has a library as well as a computer to help the children equip themselves with additional skills.
On weekends, the Ann Foundation, an American NGO, conducts classes in Spoken English via Skype.
The children maintain a Kitchen Garden where they are encouraged to help in its upkeep.
A courtyard doubles up as a playground for the children. It is large enough to play several outdoor games and is the ideal recreational spot where the children can keep themselves fit in body and mind.


Education

All our children are studying at the nearby Government schools. Children attend special classes’ everyday early morning at the home in addition to their regular studies. Two of our senior children have passed out and are pursuing higher studies from their home town. Last year three of our children scored 50% in 10th standard public exam. This year three of our children are appearing for 10th standard and two children for 12th standard public exams.


Staying Healthy

Children with HIV/AIDS can live healthy lives for longer if proper care and support is provided. Our children’s immune system is strengthened by medical treatment, food, rest, exercise and lifestyle. We provide emotional support and a positive attitude to avoid depression.

Here are some of the things we do:

  • Educate our children about HIV/AIDS and about healthy eating
  • In association with Institute of Child Health, Egmore, every month our children undergo a routine check up and collect the monthly quota of ART medicines.
  • Their CD4 count is checked once in six months.
  • Our children are also registered for additional medical support with YRG Care, Adyar, led by Dr Suniti Solomon.
  • Our children attend the special camps held by DR. S.N. Mothi, a Godfather to HIV+ kids.
    Our kids are fortunate to be under his care too.
  • For any dental related issues our children are taken care by Meenakshi Ammal Dental College and Hospital under the supervision of Dr. Ditto Sharmin.

Vocational Training

VTC was setup on August 2016 is associated with Swiss India Trust. The center was setup to provide Technical Training to our children in IT and Design.


Festivals & Recreation

All major festivals are celebrated at Prathyasha with gaiety and a special menu befitting that day. Children host variety entertainment programmes that are attended by Mellow Circle members and important guests.

Periodically the children are also taken out on Picnics and visits to recreational centers.


Admission

Children who are HIV positive are admitted into the Home. Preference is given primarily to double orphans followed by single orphans. The Child Protection Committee monitors the intake of inmates to the Home. All our children are registered under the Child Protection Programme of the Government