For the achievement of its goals ASHI conducts various kinds of activities all over India such as:
There are hundreds of women of all ages who are either thrown out of their families or are forced to leave their homes. ASHI takes them in its fold through its various centres and helps them regain self esteem and self confidence. Different homes are being run by ASHI:
Financed by Central Social Welfare Board, Ministry of Women & Child Development, ASHI runs Short Stay Homes in different States of India. Here women along with their children get total care-physical, social and psychological by dedicated management and caring staff. Literacy and vocational training form an integral part of the home care. Women here are also encouraged to take part in various income-generating activities. Wherever possible they are also encouraged to take up a job with some reliable agencies. Their children if they are small are given in-house care. Otherwise they are allowed to go to schools.
Takes care of women till they are ready to enter the wider world.
A modest experimental endeavour has given sense of dignity and meaningfulness to the lives, of elderly ladies. These ladies are encouraged to teach the children of under privileged women who come for various vocational training courses. Apart from food & shelter medical aid is also provided.
Is a gate way to family life for the recovered female mental illness patients. Life skills are imparted for a smooth transition from the mental hospital environment to normal healthy family living.
ASHI branches are running very successful children’s homes. These are beautiful homes for children from underprivileged back ground and children are getting excellent care. They go to public schools, take part in sports and other activities and even win prizes.
Juvenile guidance centre is run with a focus on young boys and girls. The centre is funded by the Directorate of Social Defense and aims at providing allround guidance to young children from underprivileged homes so that they do not fall into antisocial activities. Here all efforts are made to involve them in meaningful activities. The centre also runs a library where children are encouraged to sit and study.
Children are frequently taken out for picnics and camps where they get opportunity for developing social skills.
In these centres children are studying from 1st to 4th standard. They come mainly from nearby slums and are provided mid day meals in the afternoon on all working days.
ASHI is running crèche centres in different states of India. These crèches have been a boon to working and ailing mothers as their burden is shared by the crèche staff. Each crèche takes care of 25 chidlren. They are given nutritious food, toys to play and are also given some elementary teaching.
Balwadi is also run in slum areas. Children below 5 years are given primary education. Nutritious food is provided to children.The Balwadi is equipped with toys and other play materials.
As drug abuse is a ménace spreading its tentacles in every stratum of society, it is becoming a major social health problem. ASHI took up the challenge in 1986 and has been working in this area.
The Drug counseling centres lay more emphasis on mobilising public opinion and creating awareness about Drug Abuse and providing free counseling and initial treatment to the addicts by medical experts/counselors.
Drug De-addiction and Rehabilitation Centres also were started under the scheme of Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Govt. of India. These centres are dedicated to the treatment and rehabilitation of persons addicted to alcohol and drugs. These centres are equipped with outdoor and indoor facilities with qualified medical officer, psychiatric consultants, yoga therapists, counselors, social workers, nurses and other staff.
In this endeavour full co-operation from all corners including the Directorate of Health and Family Welfare, Directorate of Social Welfare, schools and community is received continuously.
All these centres focus on HIV/AIDS prevention, specially for injecting drug abusers (IDU). They are also integrating ‘needle exchange programme’ for those injecting drug abusers.
Several of ASHI centres are running PLI programme at Guwahati (Assam) Meerut Dist. Branch (U.P.) Gangtok (Sikkim). With funds from DFID (Department of International Development- UK) and support from SPYM, ASHI centres introduced this approach for reaching out to drug abusers and alcoholics. The emphasis in this programme is on behaviour change.
ASHI started a Drop-in centre called ‘SETU’ which is meant for the injected drug users, recovering users, alcoholics as well as recovering alcoholics. This Drop-in centre is equipped with all available information regarding de-addiction centres, Voluntary Counseling and Confidential Testing centres (VCCTC), half way homes, day care centres and STD clinics and its services for the addicts in time of crisis, risk-taking behaviour, where they come and gather knowledge about alternative entertainment, first aid and referral, AA/NA, Yoga, art of living, advocacy, Harm reduction or minimization, Needle sharing or exchange syringes, Preventive measures, People Living with-HIV/AIDS and Process of socialization etc.
The Drop-in centre has given more emphasis on making people aware about the abuse of drug, sensitization, PLW- HIV/AIDS to motivate the current users (addicts) towards detoxification and rehabilitation. The recovering users under the guidance and supervision of the organisation have managed SETU. Some recovering users, selected by ‘Navjivan’ have been volunteering themselves as peer educators for the current drug users, PLW/HIV and they always inform the competent authority about the various activities they have undertaken for the well-being of the community.
Financed by Central Social Welfare Board these centres focus on preventing break-up in families, reduce family tensions and promote family health. ASHI is running several family counselling centres. All of them have remarkable success record.
The working women’s Hostels are run with a view to provide shelter to working girls from low income group with nominal charges for accommodation. Boarders are provided recreational facilities such as libraries, indoor games and TV. Working women find these hostels a safe haven in large cities.
These centres are working for the distressed and victimized women to help them to get their rights to make them aware about women’s Laws, guide them about the government schemes for women, organize camps regarding child development Beti Bachaao. Aids awareness and train them for making useful articles such as sewing, embroidery and handicrafts. They also train them regarding fruit and vegetable preservation with the help of agricultural departments.
With the ever increasing crimes against women these helplines financially supported by Ministry of Women and Child Development are proving to be a boon for women in dire need for a helping hand and a sympathetic listener. The helplines have toll free numbers. Counsellors of the helplines meet the women at a mutually agreed place where they can talk freely. This facilitates their ability to reflect over their problems and workout a constructive solution. The helplines provide round the clock services.
The role of family as a primary social institution is recognized all over the world. It plays a vital role in the growth and development of its members. It takes care of children, elderly, disabled and sick and remains a primary source of nurturing, transmission of values and culture. The role of family in sustainable development and promoting well being is being increasingly recognized by the policy makers, programme implementers and general public. Today, families are found under stress due to rapid industrialization, urbanization and modern life style. In recent years, many programmes have been initiated for various units of the family promoting family welfare. But, most of the programmes operate in a fragmented fashion. The importance of holistic approach in family services through collaboration and networking is being recognized by policy makers, programme organisors, NGOs and professionals working in the field. The FSS project is a step in this direction.
To enrich and improve the quality of life ensuring a healthy family and a healthy society.
1. Through the Stress Management & Family Enrichment Centre:
2. Training of Professionals, Volunteers & other target Groups (adolescents, parents, families, teachers, community organizers, others).
3. Conducting vocational training to impart employable skills like mobile repairing, beauty culture and health care, cutting & tailoring, spoken English, etc.
4. Community outreach programmes
5. Income generation programmes (Earn While You Learn)
6. Evaluation, Research & Documentation.
7. Consultancy to other agencies.
8. Providing hands on experience through internship to students of MSW and M.A. (Psychology).
9. Recreational activities (indoor games, excursion trips) for children and adolescents attending non formal education Centers and vocational courses
1. Need assessment is done through interactive sessions with Government officials, NGOs, voluntary organizations, community leaders, professional and non-professional groups.
2. Training plan will be drawn up according to the target group and their needs.
3. Collaboration with national, regional and local agencies for advocacy, issue formulation and planning for intervention.
Interventions include both direct and indirect work with families, educational institutions and health delivery system. Needs of families are identified through the existing educational, health, legal and welfare system and collaboration is sought to address the issues.
In 2007 ASHI’s project on Women’s Empowerment started at the chuama village of Gurgaon an integral part of NCR. The choice of the region is based on two factors (i) Women’s Literacy is very low in the region (ii) a group of very dedicated members reside in the area.
To empower women to manage their day to day life more effectively so that they can contribute positively to family life.
1. To develop functional literacy among women.
2. To develop basic arithmetical skills so as to help them manage their accounts more effectively.
3. To provide basic knowledge about health care and nutrition.
4. To develop vocational skills so that they can generate some income for themselves.
5. To promote gender equality and increased self-confidence.
1. To Provide
2. Networking with agencies which can help in providing services at the grass root (help for handicapped), and Government Hospitals, ensure that proper anganwari and reproductive health facilities are provided.
3. Utilise Government and non-government resources from Department of Adult Education, NCT Delhi.
The programme is in its 6th year and is gradually expanding. Health assessment and health guidance are integrated in the programme.