ABOUT KAIRA SOCIAL SERVICE SOCIETY
Kaira Social Service Society (KSSS), the official social wing of Diocese of Ahmedabad, works to promote the rights and health of the poor and marginalized communities in Gujarat irrespective of caste, creed and religion. It was registered under both the Bombay Public Trusts Act – 1950 and the Societies Registration Act – 1860, on February 3, 1967.
KSSS aims at empowering communities towards self reliance through CBO’s like SHGs, Peace Clubs, Federations, Mahila/Children Panchayats Task Force etc, which address their economic, social and other local issues. Today it functions very professionally with its well established various policies like HR, Financial, Gender, HIV/AIDS, Ethical, Child Protection, Policy against Sexual Harassment at work places and so on.
70-80% of trained women with skill has begun their Self Employment through accessing loan with the Govt. subsidy of 25-40% and earn today from Rs. 200/- to Rs. 500/- per day.
270 youth from Anand, Kheda and Ahmadabad completed their skill development training in Beautician. 60% of them have started their earning through self-employment/employment in beautician trade.
7630 Truckers were counseled. 5546 Truckers were referred to ICTC and 1539 Truckers were tested blood, 8 were found HIV+.
Kheda Child Line 1098 has become an instrumental in reuniting 21 missing children with their families / homes.
117 Child protection Committees consisting 1287 members are formed in 120 villages. They were trained on Child Rights & Child Protection and their roles and responsibilities as CPC members. And almost 97 issues of Child Rights and Child Protection are solved by the CPC members in their respective villages.
KSSS conferred her Tenth Human Dignity Award to Missionaries of Charity (St. Mother Theresa) Vadodara for the outstanding dedicated services in promoting the dignity of destitute, orphans, lepers, sick and the poor who are in the periphery of the society, marginalized, unaccepted, unwanted and pushed out of the society.
14 Clients are passed, total Rs. 3033389/- for Different Business like Taxi, Bakery, Dairy Farming, Fountain Soda, Man Saloon and Tractor.
PLHIVs are linked to various Government schemes to improve their health & livelihood.
PLHIVs have been track backed (LFU) and restarted their ART Medicine.
782 of PLHIVs have been registered at our Ahmadabad & Nadiad VIHAAN Care & Support centers and received care, support, Counseling and other services.
VDC members have strengthened their capacity in monitoring and regular visit to anganvadis, schools, PHCs, etc.
KSSS HELPED IN GETTING MY NEW RATION CARD
I am living at Sihoripura with my family. Since last five to six years I am living separate from my parents. My earning is very little as I am a labour. As my earning is too little I was unable to buy enough rations and any materials/eatable or any other things for my family. I tried my best to have my own ration card through which at least I can buy enough rations.
COURSE FOR DROP OUT YOUTH BY KSSS
Arti Patel and Soni Sushma, both girls are dropout students from Vansol village. One day, they learned from KSSS staff that KSSS is imparting training in beautician course especially for drop out youth. They joined the course and did all the hard work to emerge first in the batch.
MALNOURISHED CHILDREN TURN INTO HEALTHY LIFE
Kiran and Liza both are from Alindra village of Kheda district. Both these children are malnourished. Parents are illiterate and living in a poor economic condition. The family depends on the daily wage. Due to lack of nutritious food and other necessary requirements of these children’s growth stunted .
HELPED BY KHEDA CHILDLINE
I am Chandu (Name Changed) from Dhar District. I was addicted by tube solution. While I was wondering at Nadiad railway station, I was caught by two team members of Kheda Child Line. During my counseling they came to know about my parents and they contacted them. My parents refused me to be with them. And after some days my parents migrated to another place.
Regular visit & monitoring of VDC members of Angadi to AngAnganvadianvadi brought changes in every dealing especially irregular coming of teacher and providing nutritious food to the children. This Anganvadi Ghatak – 1 have been awarded for its regularity and best performance, because of VDC members’ involvement and participation in ensuring their right to food.
Today In communal riot affected villages through bridges of peace program 669 children from 46 children peace club (neighborhood children’s parliament) spreading peace and becoming peace makers through celebration of different religious festivals by involving every religious people and children.
When women came together for water
Women of Karoli village in Kheda district have become an inspiration for other Village Development Committee members now, thanks to their determination to improve the drinking water situation in their village street.
In 2016, help came in the form of Kaira Social Service Society, an NGO working for poor and marginalized community development issues in Anand, Kheda, Ahmedabad and Mahisagar districts who helped the women of Karoli to constitute Village Development Committee, a people’s organization for solving their community problems.
ACTION SPEAKS LOUDER THAN THE WORDS
One major problem that came up was the quantity of kerosene that was to be provided to BPL, APL and Antodaya families. All ration shops owners were supplying kerosene according to their whims and fancies. Some shops were giving 5litres, some 6L and a maximum of 7L was being supplied. When most families do not own gas cylinders they have to rely on kerosene for cooking. Kerosene available in markets and that too in the black markets is as high as Rs 30/- a litre ñ a price, which most families could not afford.
VOICE OF THE UNHEARD
“It’s difficult to raise your voice in village meetings when you are not a leader and not with team.” So therefore Kaira Social Service Society formed a Village Development Committee (VDC) in Kathana na Muvada village of Kathlal Taluka. Various trainings and programs were conducted in this village with the support of VDC members. The Right to Food Campaign (RTF) is “an informal network of organizations and individuals committed to the realization of the right to food in India” Starting from the village street.
A RAY OF HOPE
There is another success from Kheda district of Gujarat. The people from Karoli Panchayat have taken benefits from the Old Age Pension. One of such beneficiary is Premilaben Parshottambhai of Karoli village. She is an old lady who has not been getting pension even though her form was approved by the Government departments.
Manjulaben came in contact to me through meeting in the year 2018 at Karoli. During the meeting she shared the services provided to the poor and marginalized people.
Stairway of hope
Rangoli nagar is rapidly growing area of Narol block of Ahmadabad district where thousands of migrant are staying from other states which are from different religion, cast and culture. People of these residential areas are always struggles with economic crisis. when we started distributing ration kit we met Mr. Mehul Darji (Name changed) and his wife Ms. Mona Darji migrants from other district working in GIDC (Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation). Ms.Mona is physically challenged and they have three children.
KSSS has been working for the welfare of people living with HIV AIDS since 2005 by providing care and support and counselling and always aims to empower. During this lockdown once again KSSS became helping hand for these families. Ms Rukshana (Name changed) belongs to middle class family and her husband was our client who was taking service from our CSC but last year her husband died because of HIV AIDS so she struggles for study of his Son and the way of surviving. During the lockdown KSSS Team with director visited her house and provided nutrition kit along with her KSSS has also distributed kits to 18 PLHIV and 10 CLHIV.