We regularly conducts General Awareness program for the benefit of the poor and illiterate women. The women were given awareness on cleanliness, hygiene, health, nutrition as well as their rights under the law of the country. We also have successfully conducted awareness programmes for the volunteers of other NGO’s in collaboration with the Social Welfare Department.
The Kasturba Gandhi National Memorial Trust, Hyderabad Branch is running a major programme called SWADHAR, a shelter home for women in distress with active support of Women and Child Welfare Department.
The programme is meant to help those women who have been distressed, deserted or otherwise rendered homeless, to overcome their problems and to rehabilitate them. In cases where necessary .These women are also given livelihood skills as per their calling and flair to help in their rehabilitation.
There are presently 104 residents housed at the Kasturba Gandhi National Memorial Trust, Hyderabad-91. Out of them 42 are studying in schools and colleges. The younger children are the children of some of the residents housed at the Trust..
Of the 104 residents, 47 are mentally unsound. They are life time residents and are on medication. The mentally unsound residents are being given regular treatment at the mental hospital, Erragadda. The medicines are making a real difference in the progress of their health. Some of them were very violent when they first came to the trust, but with counseling and treatment they have mellowed down and are now mingling with the others.
These women have been abused by their very own people and left on the streets to fend for themselves. They are in a stage of depression and frustration at their inability to fight a society which has been so callous towards them.
We have 24 women above 65 to 90 years who have no one to look after and they will stay with us till their last day.Their stay and medication will be taken care by the Trust.
This is for victims of trafficking. At present we have 36 residents.. They come through court orders and their stay may range from one year to three years.
At present we have 22 girl children who are victims of child labour, child abuse, child marriage and orphans. These are taken care by the Trust. They need support till they are with us.
We have programme in paper bag making, jute bag making, tailoring, and paper cup making. These trainings are given to neighborhood underprivileged women free of cost. The material and machine cost is borne by the trust with donations.
We do regular menstrual health and hygiene programmes in government schools.
On occasion of 150th years of Mahatma Gandhi & Kasturba Gandhi birth anniversary we have launched our movement called “www.mygandhi.org” a Non Violence Practice Program.
The program will focus on education and community action towards attaining peace in the Spirit of Mahatma Gandhi’s thoughts, promoting the teaching that every person can move the world forward in the direction of peace through daily non-violent choices and actions at home, school, work and public places. The program is designed to teach Mahatma Gandhi’s eleven principals and also practice in relation with present day trends and ways of life.
Practices such as Courage, Appreciation, Caring, Believing, Integrity, Freedom, Self-Forgiveness, Inspiration, Respect, Harmony etc., are covered in detail in the Program and putting into practice through weekly plays and workshops.
To bring in more involvement, Circles of Non Violence will be encouraged to be formed in very school/work place and participatory action is digitally shared by the Circle Teams. By doing this Non Violent Leadership is built in every school and work place.
We are planning to start a permanent exhibition on Gandhiji within our premises for which we need infrastructure and display material to be created.
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