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.
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.
Before lockdown Mr. Anil infected by TB (tuberculosis disease) and he lost the job and during the lockdown this family was in tier situation of economy. They did not have food to feed their children; meanwhile KSSS director with help of volunteers identified this needy family and visited their house and provided ration for one months and hygiene kit and also supported economically. KSSS staff have also helped him to start medicine and provided needy information to avail benefit of nutrition support from government of monthly five hundred rupees and now we are doing follow up of this family by home visits, counselling and drug adherence. We also identified like that 23 needy family from same area who did not have food during lockdown and provided them ration kits.
KSSS has helped this family to come out from struggle and looking forward to provide support to this family.
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. And that moment Premilaben shared her pain. With the support and help of Manjulaben, today she is receiving her old age pension regularly. This Old Age Pension really helped her. Now she receives her pension on time via Post Office. She faces no challenge in getting money which she was there earlier. In fact, she had to borrow money for her livelihood. Old Age Pension proved to be very useful to her.
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 that “everyone has a fundamental right to be free from hunger and under nutrition” it seeks to achieve not only equitable and sustainable food systems, but also entitlements relating to food security, such as the right to work, land reform, and social security. The team and community people understood well the concept of Right to Food. The issue was found after the campaign that many families in that area do not access rations from the fair price shop. Few VDC members and other community people presented this serious issue before Panchayat body (Sarpanch and members) orally. After few days they went again to Panchayat convinced the Sarpanch Shri Baldevbhai Ambalal Parmar for this serious issue. Sarpanch shri and his team prioritized this issue and asked to do survey and found that 40 families are not availing rations. He took the list of those 40 families and submitted to Kheda collector office with a written application. From the office these 40 families ration cards stamped (Right to Food Act, 2013). Continuous follow up of Sarpanch, ration shop organizer by VDC members helped everyone to have their right on ration.
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. Another problem was that the kerosene was provided only once a month and if a person came back for a second time for the remaining kerosene due to him the shop owner would merely send him back empty handed saying that it was all over. 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.
Mr. Vishnubhai from Kankaliya used the Toll Free number asking for details of the number of days the shop should be kept open, the number of days that kerosene should be made available to people, depending on the card category how many litres of kerosene should be made available to people and at what price this would be available. He received all the details in his phone within no time that ration shops would remain open 6 days a week through the month between 8:30 am to 7:00 pm, kerosene would be made available on all days, families of 3 persons would get 5L of kerosene and larger families would get a maximum of 10L irrespective of APL or BPL card owners. The ration shop owner was not happy with this. The message was shown to the shop keeper and was told that it has come from the higher authority. For the first time in their lives this person had received their full quota of kerosene and delighted they were with their victory. The story proves to some extent that law and government can be made to serve ordinary citizens. Every citizen but more importantly the poor, illiterate, marginalised and vulnerable sections of the society are meant to be the main beneficiaries of the Act. The Act is meant to stop those bad practices in government, which keep people poor and those that continue to lead to corruption and injustice, and slowed down development. My belief is that mere legislations do not bring about social change. What is equally important is awareness of the legislations and how to access these legislations.
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.
Since the drinking water was the primary problem in the village street, the VDC member Mrs. Bhavnaben along with the other women got together at panchayat and forced the panchayat to implement the drinking water scheme properly. But the sarpanch refused to do it. So women leaders and other community leaders together went to panchayat and met Talati and asked for the facility of drinking water in their street. This happened twice in a month but Talati and Sarpanch both refused to take their application. Later on more than 250 people came together and rushed to Collector office with an application. The collector accepted and heard the problem of community. Collector inquired about the situation and took action and approved a grant of Rs. 3.50.000/- lakh for drinking water pipe line to the village street. The next day collector made his visit to the village and observed the matter.
Another interesting observation was that one successful intervention translated into the desire for another – like sanitation, drainage system, road facilities, food security, benefits of government schemes and so on. Many people have already identified the issues and will place applications to the panchayat
Before Peace Building program in Dantali, we the youth were spending our days in leisure time, extremely aggressive. In our village Kaira Social Service Society has formed Youth Peace Group under Aman Setu – Bridges of Peace program. The group consists of 15 – 17 members belonging from different religion and caste. The organization built our capacities and developed our skill through various trainings, workshops and seminars like Reflect circle, conflict management, career guidance, task force and seed of peace camp and so on. Our peace youth group initiated to celebrate Republic day in Dantali village. We involved women (Peace Committees Members) and children for celebration. The procession in the village with National flag was conducted successfully by us and cultural program was conducted by children (Peace Angel). We all have decided to have our own “Money Saving Bank” for the welfare of needy youth in the village and will Strengthen our Group to perform Street Play on love, peace, justice and development and we will keep the Light Bearer of Peace in the hearts of community. This group name is “SHIVSHAKTI YOUTH GROUP” and we created WhatsApp group in the mobile.
Children are Messenger of peace and they are the future of the society, so it is very important that seed of peace grows in their mind. So our future will have peaceful society and a peaceful nation at large.
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.
Children from peace club are sustaining peace in their villages through different activities like symbolic celebration of festivals, five days summer camp, Peace issue related various competition(Drawing, Rakhi Making, Food, Rangoli, Patriotic Songs), 345 tree plantation, initiative for cleanliness drive, awareness on child rights, merged children with 1098 children helpline (those who were in conflict with law and who were in need and care and protection) initiative for quality education, inequality abolishment ect..
On the vocation of Human dignity day of the organization Approx. 1000people of different communitiesgot the message of all17 SDGs by performing skit, dance, and song by children parliamentarians. In every meeting different groups have taken initiative to spread message of harmony, peace, and justice in affected villages.
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. But due to my lack of knowledge I failed to have it. One day I attended training on PRI schemes and I shared my problem to Ms. Vilasben personally and she guided me for new ration card. She helped me to collect all the necessary documents with sign and stamp of Govt. Officers. After the few months process I got the new ration card. I was happy to see ration card in my hand as having ration in own hands. Today I am getting the good qualitative and actual quantitative ration every month. Today my family has enough rations without any worry and living a healthy and happy life. It’s all because of the help received through KSSS. Thanks to KSSS for giving a life to my family.
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. After the training, and observing their interest, KSSS helped them to establish their own Beauty Parlor. They set up a shop in Pansora Village. In course time, owing good orders, they became stable earning members in their families. They are happy to see them as a shop owner.
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 .Though they are of age 5 and 6 years there was no improvement in Weight and Height. When the children parliament children observed the need of these children, the health minister of children parliament and along with other parliamentarians visited their family and advised the parents to take them for further treatment at PHCs or CHCs. As a result, these children now gained their height and weight. Parents of these children are very grateful to children parliamentarians of Alindra village.
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. Due to which I was put in Nadiad Children home. The Childline Team contacted my aunty. Thereafter, the team had contacted to Dhhar Childline. I was taken by two team members to Dhhar Childline to verify the documents. After the verifying of the documents I was handed over to my aunty. I am feeling very happy with my family.
Anganvadi Ghatak – 1
Regular visit & monitoring of VDC members of Angadi to Anganvadi 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.
Solution to issue of livelihood
Through an active leadership, initiative and advocacy of VDC members of Marida village in Kheda, District Development Officer solved the issue of livelihood under MGNREGA. Today in Marida village 3006 people benefited under MGNREGA scheme earning Rs. 167/- per day.
VDC Member, Marida
Solution to Mid-day meals issue in Anganvadi
VDC members in Zalabordi, advocated with Dist. Collector regarding irregular distribution of Midday meals in the primary and snacks in Anganvadi. The collector of Anand intervened in this issue. Now Midday meals and snacks are provided to the children very regularly as per the Government guidelines.
VDC Member, Zalabordi
New School In Dantali
On 24-04-2017 children of Balswaraj went to meet parliament member Mr. Devsingh Chauhan. They demanded verbally and written, to make the new school in Dantali, C.C. TV Cameras be installed in Dantali
School and about to run a S.T.Bus in Dantali and Bamroli.
My School, My Home
Members of Children’s Parliament from Matar School had discussed on an issue of filthy and stinking surrounding near school. The parliamentarians initiated cleanliness drive to that area with permission from
village sarpanch. Children’s Parliament of Matar village fetched 10 dustbins and brooms from the Khilkhilat van drivers. Thanks to Driver Mr. Samirbhai.
Sanitation Facility for Girls and Boys in School
Girls and boys had to use open toilets in village school of Thasra block. Children’s parliaments of that school decided to do all the possible to ensure privacy to Girls and Boys of the Harkhol village. This Children parliament took the lead in bringing the issue to the notice of Panchayat administration. The Panchayat now has built. Toilet for Girls and Boys.” We want to do all that we can for the benefit of the society”, says the members of Children parliament Thasra.
Unemployment, Now NO More
I was unemployed, disappointed and rejected youth. KSSS equipped me with Driving skill and linked me to the employment opportunity. today i drive my own AUTORIKSHOW and earn upto Rs. 500 per day. I am able to make family happy.
Tadpada Yogesh Bhai
Unemployment, Now NO More
I was rejected child of my parents because I am person living with Disability, KSSS gave me a chance to prove myself as a instructor of Garment Making training at Amod Center. After completing the 5 batches of Garment Making, I was linked for the bank loan and benefited with Rs. 45,000/- and Rs. 15,000/- was subsided loan. i also benefited with “No Objection” Certificate from Bank for any kind of loan in future.
Jyoti (Amod Center)
Healthy Environment, Healthy Life
Ganol is village where people live in very simple and hard life without any facilities of life living. Most of the people belong to BC and are poor. People are suffering from various sicknesses. People are surrounded by too much garbages and dirty water which affect directly the health of people and especially children. In rainy season the situation becomes more unbearable. Task force members and other community members discussed this issue among themselves and thereafter they presented this issue in the Gram Sabha and fought for their right. After lots of struggle, finally they succeeded in cleaning that area and constructed RCC road. People were happy to see the success.