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New Life Welfare Society (NLWS) is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) dedicated to work for the health and development of the Saidapet slum population in the city of Chennai. The Organization was started in the year 2005 and works amongst the children, slum women, and youth. They have been running night schools and non-formal education.
Selvi Memorial Illam Society
SMIS was founded in August 1999 is a Community Based Organization (CBO), which is formed and managed by a team of affected women. SMIS was founded by Mrs. Mary Thomas and she named it in memory of Ms. Selvi, who was among the first to be diagnosed with HIV in India in 1986. She was also the first woman in India, to speak openly about her HIV status. In January 2004 SMIS set up a short stay facility that provides an affordable, clean and safe place for people living with HIV/AIDS and their accompanists in Chennai. The organization also provides food, accommodation, group education and counseling services for the PLHA and their attendants.
SMIS is located close to the Government Hospital of Thoracic Medicine (GHTM) in Tambaram, which provides free HIV testing and treatment. As the GHTM is known across India for its superior services, people come from nearby states to be tested and treated, and utilize the short stay facility at SMIS. IAPA provides weekly education sessions to the residents of the short stay facility, and since their caregivers accompany the persons, the topic is focused on care and support. IAPA also financially supports the organization’s Adult Nutrition Program, which provides provisions to the families of HIV infected women. In addition, IAPA provides technical support to SMIS.
The organization is registered charitable trust is running a home for the HIV/AIDS infected and affected children, including those who are orphans or semi-orphans. Shelter Trust provides personalized care by providing nutritional food, medical assistance, counseling services, education, recreational activities and clothing. At present there are nearly 30 children in the home.
During the SVP 2011, the volunteerswere able to implement sustainable extra projects, such as developing a library for the kids and dancing classes for them. IAPA also fundraised and procured a car for the children to go to school, as their new home does not have any transport facility. We also helped to construct a medical room for Shelter Trust, during 2011. IAPA is committed to assisting the organization care for the children of the home.