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1. Save A Family Plan

SAVE A FAMILY PLAN –INDIA is a family development programme which was started in 1965 by Rev Msgr. Augustine Kandathil with the purpose of uplifting the down trodden to the mainstream of the society. It is a systematic development programme for sustainable and healthy development of poor families in our society. During this year we were able to provide financial support to 230 families for their various needs. Each family receives Rs. 950/- per month as assistance from various benefactors through SAFP India.

Main activities conducted by Save A Family Programs are,

Family gathering - once a year to bring all SAFP families together

Regional level meeting – conducted thrice a year to provide awareness on various topics like ‘The use and abuse of mobile phone’, ‘Various Govt. Pension Schemes’, ‘Child Rights and Protection’, ‘women empowerment’ etc. and to give important information from SAFP.

Central level meetings – conducted twice a year by the SAFP animators

Family Facilitation Team (FFT) Meeting – meetings are conducted every month by the director, coordinator and animators to evaluate the activities of previous month and to plan out for the coming month.

Family Action Team (FAT) Meeting – conducted twice a year by the parish priest, PRI Member, Animator from SAFP and SHG leaders to discuss about the government and local resource mobilization, evaluation on the progress of income generation programmes.

Entrepreneurship Development Programme (EDP) – Training for newly selected beneficiaries to motivate them how to select profitable IGP and to make progress in life.

Monitoring visit-by Director, coordinator, and Animators

Region Centre No of Families
Pathanamthitta Kadambanadu
Aranmula
Pathanapuram
Pazhakulam
Adoor
Vayala
Elamannoor
Elavumthitta
Pathanamthitta
04
08
03
10
05
17
05
04
16
Charummoodu Sooranadu
Charummoodu
Kattanam
Padanilam
Kozhuvallor
Cheriyanadu
Kunnam
19
12
09
11
14
08
12
Punalur Tholicodu9
Punalur9
Puthoorkara9
Kalayanadu9
Kunnicodu9
Kadakkal9
Achankovil9
Kottarakara9
Edamon9
Kulathupuzha
08
06
02
03
08
04
05
04
12
01
Total No. of Families 230

2. Integrated Development through Empowerment & Action Second Phase

The IDEA 2nd Phase project aims at the grassroot development actors in the Diocesan area is effectively integrated for sustainable development. The implementation of project started in August 2011 and was completed in July 2014.The project is very useful in creating platform for the diocesan and grass root development networking. Participatory monitoring is practiced in all the targeted villages. The 2nd phase of IDEA Programme focuses on the improvement of rural community through a holistic approach culminating the Education, NRM and health sectors. It is supported by CARITAS INDIA.

Achievements Of The Interventions During The Reporting Period

123 youth leaders understood the need and methodology of good governance. 14 youth leaders raised the issue to fix street lights along Padanilam- Noornad Road, in their GramaSabha. Filed 32 RTI petitions regarding fund utilizations, beneficiary selections , old age pension , house rent(3) , selection of teacher post and BPL list etc.

119women leaders understood the need and methodology of good governance and the systems and structures of the PRIs. Submitted memorandum by 16 participants to Panchayath to allow a PHC sub center building at Para Junction in Noornadu Panchayath and the action is on.

552 Federation leaders familiarized with the services of various development actors. Availed IGP subsidy to 29 beneficiaries from Bharanikavu Block Panchayath. 22 People availed old age pension. 41people joined health insurance under RSBY.

50 farmers are more aware on the use of organic manure and organic pesticides.

96 farmers learned about ill effects of chemical pesticides and fertilizers and adopted organic cultivation methods to their field.

Two model farms created in the operational area of DSSS.

Started 137 Collective Kitchen gardens in the target villages

17 families planted herbal and spice plants around their house premises 24 varieties medicinal plant available for domestic use.

Parents of 1170 school going children understood their roles and responsibility in promoting formal academic education for their children

761 children improved their linguistic knowledge and skills. 278 students improved result of the term and final exams.

68 children a year exposed to higher education possibilities. 26 students selected their career option in the field of Aeronautical Engineering, B. Sc Nursing, Civil Engineering, B.Ed and Graduation Courses. 11 students opted vocational courses (Poly technique).

1059 People became aware of the life style diseases and taking appropriate health care measures. Built a good rapport with Health Department and PRIs and could avail service for medical check up, medicine and resource persons for the programme in collaboration with NRHM programme. People motivated to subscribe NRHM.264 Persons identified Diabetic and received further treatment and followed monthly check up.

1839 students were made aware of the consequences of drug abuses. 30 Vigilance cells were formed to prevent drug abuse and functionalized with 9 members in each cell. Behavioral Change in Communication occurred in 27 students. 62 students were identified using panmasala, by anti drug vigilance Cell 11 school children received counseling. Sale of drugs around the School premises was stopped through the intervention of Vigilance cell.

Formulated Organogram of youth and social ministries. Practiced job Description with remuneration packages for each staff of the Education ministry, Practiced Finance Management for social apostolate, Position papers on education, health, NRM, livelihood, gender, dalit and tribal development are introduced and Short term & Long term objectives are finalized with the presence of Bishop and Participatory monitoring is practiced in all the ten targeted villages besides the DSSS in Punalur Diocese.

Diocesan Development Calendar has been published in quarterly diocesan bulletin (Theertham) in Punalur.

Decided to install MIS –software in the Social Ministry for information sharing of beneficiary list in various departments in the diocese

Diocesan policies on HR, Finance, Gender and NRM (Environment) and Disability are formulated and are being practiced. Policies on Child Protection, HIV, Old Age, Disability and Disaster Management policies are drafted and submitted to the Governing Body for approval.

Integration with diocesan ministries, congregations, diocesan organizations.

Integration with PRIs and govt. and non govt. service providers.

Mobilization for resources (funds/ schemes) from State & Central govt. banks, NABARD, Kerala State Backward Community Development Corporation (KSBCDC), National Minority Development Finance Corporation (NMDFC), Kerala Rural Water supply and Sanitation Agency, Kerala State Aids Control Society (KSACS) individuals etc.

Improved professionalism in Diocesan Social Service Society.

The partners are recognized by the government departments resulted in the advocacy work initiated by the partner on different development issues.

In Punalur DSSS who are implementing the project have the DPP (Diocesan Perspective Plan) and this document enables the Dioceses to set priorities and initiate focused action plan in the field of development.

Continued functioning of Core Development Cell and their guidance have helped to evolve new policies and programmes, periodic evaluation of all the developmental activities in the diocese and initiate social action programmes. It also helped to plan joint development programmes in Punalur Diocese.

9 Thrust Area Committee focus on NRM, Education, Livelihood, Dalit, Tribal, Gender, Peace building, Health and Agriculture. They have started planning the strategies to address the issues related to the thrust areas helped to create Common Diocesan Development Calendar.

“Koinonia” Housing project, in which through enormous peoples participation resources were mobilized in the local communities and collected an amount of Rs 44 lakhs. By this 14 houses are completed and the construction works of 9 houses are in progress (unit cost 2 lakhs).

3. Community Based Organizations

A Community Based Organization is defined as “Self-Governed, Peer Controlled Information Group of people with similar socio-economic background and having a desire to collectively perform common purposes”.

According to Swami Vivekananda the best thermometer to measure the progress of a nation is its treatment of women. There is no chance for world welfare unless condition of women is improved. To improve the condition of women and the marginalized in the target area of PSSS, we give more importance for the organization of women, children, spinsters, disabled and farmers. PSSS helping the groups by imparting awareness programmes, trainings, IGPs, Micro Finance, net working, collaborations, linkages and other supports.

Sl. No. Type of Groups No. Of groups APL Members BPL Members Total
1 Women SHGs 216 1232 2654 3886
2 Men SHGs 14 61 163 224
3 PWD SHGs 22 98 210 308
4 Spinsters SHGs 10 58 112 170
5 Children’s Groups 25 285 363 648
Total 287 1734 3502 5236

4. Child Development Programme

1098 “Four Digits to Care and Protection”

CHILDLINE is a national, 24-hours, free emergency phone & outreach service for children in need of care and protection. Any child / concerned adult can call 1098 free of cost and avail of the service at any time of the day or night. CHILDLINE aims to create a child protection network to reach out to every child. CHILDLINE service is supported by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India. Apart from crisis intervention, CHILDLINE also links the children to long-term comprehensive development.

Outreach Programmes

CHILDLINE reaches out to the community through visiting schools, Anganvadies, PHC’s & CHC’s, adolescent group, tribal areas, slums and street pockets. Outreach generally focuses on child rights, issues related to child protection and CHILDLINE awareness.

Awareness Creation Programme

Aim of the programme is to educate the stakeholders and sensitize the community on child rights, JJ Act, POCSO Act, child protection issues and ultimately ensure a child friendly society. CHILDLINE team conducts awareness programmes regularly for Police personnel, teachers, students, ICDS staff, Health staff, PRI members, auto taxi drivers, etc in this respect.

Open House

Open House is a tool for child participation and is used to bring out the issues of children in a particular locality / school / home and acts as a feedback mechanism for CHILDLINE service. Participants who have awareness on child rights, raise issues faced by them, and seek solutions through the participation of allied system personnel.

Childline Se Dhosti

CHILDLINE SE DHOSTI (CSD) is a week long national campaign aimed at sensitizing the general public on CHILDLINE 1098 and make friends of CHILDLINE! The campaign involves range of events, activities across the country. Every year November 14th to 20th are exclusively selected to conduct the CHILDLINE SE DHOSTI (CSD) campaign. Through this campaign we were able to ensure the increased and sincere participation of the general public in child protection initiatives.

Case Intervention

Apart from the above said activities the CHILDLINE Kollam Sub Centre had intervened in 242 cases in different area with the support of various government agencies. Among the above said 242 reported cases 119 were rescue from abuse of the children and 06 cases were provided to refer to other service. 55 Cases were provided with medical help; 18 children were provided to emotional support and guidance. 33 Children were provided with shelter facility and 11 children were supported to sponsorship.

5. Community Based Rehabilitation for the Persons With Disabilities.

“CBR attempts to combine physical rehabilitation through medical care with empowerment and social inclusion through the participation of both the individual with disability and the community in the persons of rehabilitation”.

People with disabilities (PWDs) do not need sympathy, but the least they ask for is sensitivity. PSSS with its activities cover the issue of disability, its various dimensions and how we could be more accommodative and inclusive to the differently abled community. People with disabilities are mostly the marginalized of the marginalized. It is not the people who ignore them, but rather the case of people who do not even think about them. It is as if they don’t exist and work among them is very few and far between.

With the implementation of CBR programme PSSS is trying to empower the disabled persons through various programmes like trainings, capacity building, advocacy, federation, formation and strengthening of Disabled Peoples Organizations (DPOs).

Key Achievements during the Reporting Period

SL. No.

Activities

No. of Participants

Units

1

No. of DPO’s

160

22

2

Registration of Punarjani Vikalanga Federation

160

01

3

Advocacy Programmes

382

18

4

Distribution of Assistive Devices

06

06

5

EDP Training to PWD Members and Care Takers

168

03

6

Capacity Building to PWD SHG Functionaries

183

04

7

Training in Advocacy and Lobbying

533

04

8

Training to PRI Members

46

03

9

Awareness programmes on Prevention of Disability

2542

16

10

Training to project Staff

08

02

11

Exposure programme for Staff

16

01

12

Monthly review and planning

96

12

13

Medical Rehabilitation

239

239

14

Medical Camp for Disabled

420

07

15

Medical Awareness

2860

34

16

School Integration and Educational Assistance

145

145

17

Vocational Training

40

40

18

Skill Development Training to parents / care takers

171

03

19

Workshop for the preparation of IEC materials

38

01

20

Exposure programme for PWDs

56

01

21

Seed money for starting IGP

140

140

22

Other achievements

Disability Pension

16

16

Aids and Appliances

21

21

Three wheelers

06

06

Disability certificates

09

09

Travelling Pass

07

07

Housing

01

01

6. COMMUNITY BASED REHABILITATION FOR THE CHILDREN AND YOUNGSTERS WITH DISABILITY

“Respect for difference and acceptance of disability as part of human diversity and humanity”. This general principle of United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities (UNCRPD) reminds us of the law of nature. Community and family members need to accept the abilities of the children rather than isolate them due to their inability. We need to identify their own potential and give more focus on that. Then they will be able to engage in the activities based on their skills and use their maximum potential. Understanding this fact with the support of Stichting Liliane Fonds through CHAI, Punalur Social Service Society support 82 mentally and physically challenged children and youngsters below 25 years old. The assistance includes surgical treatment, assistive devices, physiotherapy, speech therapy, travel assistance, education, special education and medical assistance.

7. STILLA VIDHYADHARA

Basic education is a process through which human beings acquire understanding and skills to master their environment. It is an important factor in shaping the personality of an individual through which he learns various roles for self actualization in life. In order to develop adequate adjustment he has to acquire new information, new skills or new ways of thinking.

The project STILLA VIDHYADHARA is named in the memory of Miss STILLA HIRSCHBERGER. Late Ms. Stilla Hirschberger has initiated helping poor children in 80’s. After her death Fr. Roy Simson, Mr. Tomy Mullur and the friends of Stilla founded in her name VEREIN-STILLA. This project aims at helping the school children to have a worthy school education and to give perspective to the life of the Poor and Dalit children in the Diocese of Punalur. A child may be assisted to purchase books, uniforms and other running expenses of education till 12th standard. The project is supported by VEREIN-STILLA from Austria.

Objectives and vision

Equality of basic educational opportunities for disadvantaged children, who have been socially discriminated and deprived

To promote basic education for children from the poor families living under risk sit uation in Punalur

To assist students for their integrated development that leads them to empowerment through continuing education

To prevent dropouts, wastage and stagnation at school

To create awareness among the parents about their responsibilities in the promotion and education of their children.

Activities

Skill development training

Personality development Training

Carrier guidance training

Summer vacation Camp

Counselling program me

Awareness on social evils

Education assistance.

8. PSSS SURAKSHA DESTINATION MIGRANTS TARGET INTERVENTION PROJECT, PATHANAMTHITTA

PSSS Suraksha Destination Migrants Target Intervention Project, Pathanamthitta was started in 1ST October 2014 and will be completed 30th September 2016. It is supported by Kerala State Aids Control Society (KSACS), Govt of Kerala. This programme was implemented in Pathanamthitta District.

Goal of the Project: The goal of the intervention is to contribute in the national goal of halt and reverse the HIV/AIDS epidemic among the migrant population reaching Pathanamthitta district of Kerala State by 2016

Objectives:

Prevention of HIV/AIDS during October 1st 2014 to March 31st 2015 by outreach programmes for at least 10000 high risk migrants residing/working in the target area with appropriate messages and services.

Ensuring the availability and accessibility of condoms among migrants at all congregation points by October 1st 2014 to March 31st 2015. To insist on correct and consistent use of condoms by all the high risk migrants covered by the project during proposed project period.

Providing services for early detection and management of HIV cases among migrant population in the target area during October 1st 2014 to March 31st 2015 with streamline treatment and care.

Through appropriate stakeholder management initiatives, create and enabled environment for smooth TI interventions during October 1st 2014 to March 31st 2015.

Activities Planned:

Entry level Activities: Including spot mapping, identification of local sex net work, stakeholder analysis, Development of micro plan, local service providers etc.

Health Care services: Identification and contracting PPP clinics in each site in consultation with HRMs, Establishing Linkage with existing public health care system, Organizing Health Camps to screen HR Migrants for STI, STI Screening, Treatment for STIs identified, Provision of RR/RA/STI counselling to HRMs, TB Referral- Identified cases from HRM to DOT Centre(RNTCP).

Condom promotion and distribution programmes: Demand generation for condom usage within the community through IEC activities, establishing condom outlets in all congregation points, Distribution of condom through CSM

ICTC screening and ART Referral:Establishing linkage with ICTCs, ART Centres and CCCs in the District Screening for HIV among HR Migrants with the support of ICTC Centres, Linking identified HIV cases from HRM to ART Centre psycho-social support to identified HIV cases from migrants (Counselling support, capacity building, and financial support for livelihood options)

Establishing linkages:Provision of legal services to the HRM who denied employment on the basis of their HIV status, denied treatment, violation of human rights, etc with the support of human right agencies operating in the area, Following are the achievements to be implemented under this project.

9. JEEVAN MADHUR

Punalur Social Service Society introduced Jeevan Madhur, a Micro Insurance scheme with the collaboration of Life Insurance Corporation of India (Micro Insurance Department), Thiruvananthapuram, from December 2008. It is aimed to support the people with low income and especially those who have no fixed and stable earnings. It is a simple savings related life insurance plan, with low premium and low coverage. The benefits of the scheme are Maturity benefit, Death benefit, Accident death & disability benefit and Auto cover facility. About 350 policy holders during this reporting period have completed their premium remittance and received the Sum Assured Amount from LIC.

The lists of matured policies during the reporting period are given below:

Sl. No.

Area

No. of matured policies

1

Anchal , Komalamkunnu

85

2

Pathanapuram

26

3

Punalur, Puthoorkara

25

4

Kaithapparambu

13

5

Myladumpoika

3

6

Kattanam, Cheriyanadu

10

7

Elavumthitta, Aranmula

28

8

Sooranadu, Anayadi

40

9

Kalayanadu

4

10

Maruthimoodu, Angadikkal

20

11

Enathu, Edakkadu

11

12

Vayala

14

13

Kunnam, Pottamelkadavu

13

14

Elampal

4

15

Elikattoor

10

16

Ayoor

13

17

Perumkulam

2

18

Kunnicode

8

19

Maniyar, Paravattom

16

20

Adoor, Pazhakulam

3

Total

348

10. INCLUSIVE CHILDREN’S PARLIAMENT- (I C P)

The project, “Inclusive Children’s Parliament” which is supported by Kerala Social Service Forum has been implemented in 25 selected villages of Punalur and Kottarakara Regions of Kollam district and it is a joint initiative of Neighbourhood Community Network, Nagarcoil & Kerala Social Service Forum.

Vision

Children’s Parliament is a community of about 30 children between the age of 6 -18 from neighbourhood families. Through this programme they are able to know and understand their rights and become aware of the serious problems in their family and society and together discuss and find a solution to these problems without the help of others.

Activities

Formation of Inclusive Children’s Parliament (ICP)

Mapping of the Village

Personality Development Training

Workshop on Child Rights.

District level Meetings.

Achievements

We formed 25 child parliaments.

Strengthened Children's Parliaments.

The children get the awareness of their rights and gain confidence to participate in the social activities.

Through discussions and debates find their problems and with the help of the authorities they try to solve them. Thus, they are able to get the active involvement of their parents, authorities and the local people.

The Children are also motivated to help other poor children in the society, accept and understand the children of differently abled, etc. Also, with the help of authorities they are able to replace street lights, work to get drinking water, clean the surroundings, etc.

Conducted World Environment Day, Anti-Child Labour Day, Children’s Day and all the District level celebrations.

11. PROJECT AXSHYA

Punalur Social Service Society implemented the PROJECT AXSHYA with the help of Catholic Health Association of India (CHAI). The target group of this project is the marginalized and vulnerable people of Pathanapuram and Anchal blocks in Kollam district. The project aims at strengthening TB control programmes through Advocacy, Communication and social mobilization. The objective of this programme is achieved by empowerment of community groups through awareness campaigns and community meetings. The Project takes a holistic approach towards improving the care of the TB patients and the prevention of the disease. The programme was helpful to mobilize, sensitize, and advocate with the existing community groups through meetings at village level to address myths and misconceptions and help symptomatic persons seek timely appropriate care and control.

Sl. No.

Activity

No. of Programmes

1

Community meetings

15

2

AXSHYA SAMVAD

1020 families

3

Mid-media

2

4

Sputum collection and transportation

79

5

Retrieving defaulters

12

6

World TB Day celebrations

1

12. TREATMENT ADHERENCE SCHEME IN RNTCP

Revised National Tuberculosis control programme (RNTCP) has prioritized decentralization of treatment services as a means of ensuring that treatment is maximally accessible and acceptable to patients. Treatment adherence scheme aims at strengthening the patient cantered approach. Both to assess and foster adherence a patient centred approach to administration of drug treatment based on the patients needs and mutual respect between the patient and the provider. This programme ensured free high quality RNTCP drug provided to patients and that medicine meet national standard for public health accountability. It is maximally effective and high accessible and acceptable to patients.

DOT Services

Train and supervise the community volunteers who were providing RNTCP services to the project area.

Provide RNTCP treatment to patient at time and place accessible and acceptable to patient.

Awareness Generation

Conducted IEC activities related to treatment adherence including community meeting, patient -providers meeting and sensitization meetings.

Creating awareness and linking the patients with the existing welfare schemes for all eligible TB Patients.

Counselling services for Patient and families

Provided counselling services to include emotional support information on symptom of disease duration of treatment importance of DOT, adherence side effect referrals. Services and referrals for substance abuse harm reduction including support for persons who abuse alcohol. Retrieval efforts for interrupters

Transportation services

Transportation of patient wise boxes and treatment card from the PHIs to the DOT centres and vice versa.

Sl. No.

Activity

No. of Programmes

1

Community Volunteers Training

15

2

Awareness Programmes

24

3

Counselling services for patients

275

4

Counselling services for family members

295

5

Retrieving defaulters

27

13. KOLPING INDIA, DIOCESE OF PUNALUR

Kolping Society is an Inter-National Charitable Society spread over 61 Countries in the World with its head quarters at Colon, Germany. The International Kolping Society was started a Diocesan Unit in 1987, but now there are about 44 units in four Federations covering Punalur, Pandithitta, Adoor and Charummood. The Society is operating two Industrial Training Centres at Punalur and Charummood respectively. There about 825 students are undergoing training in various Computer Courses. The Kolping Society gives much importance in Vocational Training, Self Employment Programme, and Income Generating Programme together with Housing, Seminars and Training.

Activities

Educational Activities: In collaboration with Diocesan Technical Training Institutes, the Kolping members or their children or any person recommended by Kolping members are given fees concession up to 25%. Training in various trades like Computer Training, X-Ray Welding, Automobile with Auto Electrical, Survey, Electrician, Plumbing, Fitter, D/Civil, Stenography, Tailoring.

Economic Activities: Housing, Toilet construction, Diary Farm, Petty Shops and Business, Small Savings and Distribution of loans with lowest interest and various Income Generating Programmes. Growth with economic stability is our motto.

Spiritual and Social Activities:

The spirituality of Adolf Kolping is based on four fold Principles:-
   1) Be a good Christian    2) Be a good worker    3) Be a good Citizen    4) Be a good parent

Seminars and Training Progoramme were arranged for this purpose. Socio-political awareness is given through Seminars and Training. In collaboration with other NGOs and Charitable Organisations, we conduct free Medical Camps, self help scholarship programmes, involvement and formation of multi faith groups etc.

Annual Kolping Family gathering known as “Kudumbasangamam-2015”. Every year five trainees were selected and given the “Bishop Mathias Kappil Memorial Kolping Scholarship” for those who are undergoing job oriented courses.