Help a HIV child with monthly groceries by Swadhar IDWC (Institute for Development of Women & Children)

Help a HIV+ child with monthly groceries


Mhalappa is now an active child despite being HIV+

Mhalappa is a 7-year-old boy from a poor family in Ram Nagar, Pune. His parents died of AIDS and he and his sister were sent to live with their aunt and uncle.

Both the children were HIV+ as well. Mhalappa fell ill often. He had Tuberculosis and could not attend school regularly. Over time, he had to *leave school because of his absenteeism. *The family did not have the money to get him the right nutrition and treatment. His aunt and uncle were distraught and did not know what they could do to improve his health and keep him going.

He was discovered by Swadhar and added to their project, Rays of Hope. They put him on a protein rich diet of peanuts, jaggery, dates, eggs, and milk powder. This began to increase his strength and immunity. They also provided him antiretroviral treatment recommended by his doctor.

Mhalappa’s strength has improved a great deal because of Swadhar’s help. He goes to the centre every month with his aunt to collect his nutritional supplements. He has also started going to school regularly.**

Mhalappa is now a much more active and happy child. Although he is still susceptible to infections, his aunt and uncle are confident about his growth. The love and security they provide keeps him going.

Children like Mhalappa need all the strength they can get. Your donation will give the food and nutrition that their poor families cannot afford. You can give with confidence because every program on our platform is GIVEASSURED.


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About The Program

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Program Description

Swadhar's project 'Rays of Hope' was started in 2005 for the rehabilitation of HIV+ve children and children with HIV+ve parents.The aim of this project is to rehabilitate these children by giving them support in the form of grocery, medicines, education, emotional support and helping them to live a dignified life.

The children are referred and validated through home visits. The beneficiaries are provided with groceries and other nutritional supplements like eggs, milk powder, dates etc monthly. All the children visit the center with their care-takers where they get nutritional supplements. The HIV+ children also receive medical support and all of them receive educational support.

Close to 150 children are under the foster care scheme. There are many children on the waiting list for the want of financial assistance.Donate to this program so that the children can get access to proper food to help them grow into healthy adults.

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About The NGO

Swadhar IDWC (Institute for Development of Women & Children)
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Swadhar IDWC (Institute for Development of Women & Children)

Swadhar's Founder Meenakshi Apte was a professor and HOD of Family & Child Welfare in TISS. She witnessed many cases of domestic violence against women. She feels that ignorance amongst women is the main cause of their suffering so in order to have someplace where they can be guided, counseled and made aware of their rights, she and other like-minded women came together and Swadhar was started.

Swadhar's mission is to provide services like education, training, guidance, and counseling to underprivileged women and children in order to ensure the protection of their rights, self-reliance, and empowerment.They work towards empowering women and girls through counseling, awareness & education. The organization also conducts reading and overall development classes for children from underprivileged families. Their ray of hope programs works with children who are HIV infected or children whose parents are infected. Groceries, medicines, and nutrition are provided to them.

In 2015, Sanjivani Hingne was awarded the VatsalyaPuraskar by the Akhil Brahmin MadhyavartiSanstha Rehabilitation of children of sex workers. In 2016, Nayana Deshmukh was awarded the Excellence in work by the Lokmanyanagar senior citizens club and the Teachers day award by the Lions Club Care & protection of Children.

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Founded in 1991
NGO Leadership

Sanjivani Hingne

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Area of Operation
Area of Operation

HIV/AIDS | children

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Location of Work
Location of Work


Awards And Recognitions
Awards And Recognitions

2015: VatsalyaPuraskar

last audited
Last Audited
Last Audited by GiveIndia

December 2018

Verification Visit Reports
Verification Visit Reports

Verification Report 1

Verification Report 2

Verification Report 3

Program Updates

Program Updates

5 July, 2020

Feeding : noblest of the deeds !


Feeding : noblest of the deeds !

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Children in the project are very weak and anaemic. They fall sick and miss the school very often. Now after continuous efforts to give them nutritious food to reduce their weakness, we see improvement in their weight which leads to better health, better attendance in school and better chances to complete school education.

Here is the Weight Chart

Total No of children=140

Weight gain=80 (57.14%)
Weight loss=22 (15.71%)
Weight constant=38 (27.14%)

19 November, 2019

Children extremely happy to receive grocery packages


Children extremely happy to receive grocery packages

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22 July, 2019


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Program Update

Objective Provide nutritional, educational, medical and psychological support to HIV infected /affected children and their families. Promote education/vocational training to improve the employability and make them financially independent Specific Purpose - Children face severe problem of starvation and malnourishment due to challenged socio-economic background. We aim to reduce ‘food insecurity’ in them

Support given  Once a child is identified, home visit is done to check the background  The report made according to 10 parameters prepared by the team.  Child’s anthropometry and BMI done to gauge the level of malnourishment.  Depending upon the result grocery support is started.

Story from the field

Vipul’s childhood was not like that of a normal child but was full of trials and tribulations.

The family migrated to Pune from a neighbouring village in search of work. Vipul’s father bought a rickshaw. Before earning enough, he succumbed to AIDS before Vipul’s birth. Both Vipul and his mother tested HIV +ve. So their family disowned them. To tide over this hopeless situation, Vipul’s mother started searching desperately for some support. They reached Swadhar and Vipul was registered with Rays of Hope project in 2005. His CD4 count at that point of time was 548. Over the years the count increased steadily and when he left the project (having completed 18 years) in 2013 it had risen to 1134

Throughout these years, Swadhar offered them support in the form of grocery nutritional supplement, edu.and medical help

Realising the importance of making him financially independent, our social worker encouraged him to enrol at Mahindra Pride School for vocational training which he enthusiastically did. Today he is a well settled, responsible youth. He got married recently and has happily settled down. He is an enlightened young boy who knows how important it is to take control of his life and health.

What is the expected total number of beneficiaries in this program for FY18-19? 140
What is the number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program, Year-To-Date 400
Village/City/State where project is located Pune/Maharashtra
Total Budget for the project for FY18-19 3800000
Total Expenses for the project YTD 3800000

23 May, 2019


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Our main goal develop systems to provide support to infected/affected children and family for living a dignified life.We are also looking forward in enhancing the capacity of Government and civil society organizations to address the issues of HIV/AIDS affected children. These beneficiaries primarily face severe problem of starvation and improper nutrition due to challenged socio-economic background..Project Rays of Hope (ROH) aims to reduce ‘food insecurity’ of the beneficiaries We have been providing grocery and nutritional supplement every month to all 140children as well as medical check-up and medical aid as and when needed. We have also ensured the provision of educational aid to all d)Counselling as and when needed

Story from the field

A weak and sickly girl Asavari and her equally sick mother Seema approached our center about three years back. Asavari’s father had succumbed to AIDs within 13 years of their marriage. Asavari was just three years old then. After her father’s death Asavari and her mother got admitted to G O. M’s Sassoon Hospital. Both tested HIV+ve and administered anti-Retro viral treatment. With no source of income, the health of both of them became increasingly critical. Seema later started living with her mother and found a job as a watchman earning around Rupees. five thousand per mensem. Intervention: This back ground, called for help to all three of them in whatever way we could. We started providing both of them and also Seema’s mother with groceries to help them to tide over possibility of starvation, nutritional supplements to improve their overall wellbeing and school fees to help Asavari to remain in mainstream education and study like any normal child. Asavari who was a weakling about three years ago is now a confident and healthy girl studying in Xth std. Her CD 4 count has also risen to 1034 indicative of improved resistance to diseases & opportunistic infections.

What is the number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program, Year-To-Date 250
Village/City/State where project is located Pune/ Pimpri-Chinchwad/Maharashtra
Total Budget for the project for FY18-19 3760000
Total Expenses for the project YTD 1973707

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