SRDPS | Women and Child Welfare Society | NGO in India

SWADHAR HOME (Since 2005)

The Swadhar Home for women and girls from difficult situations completed its Fourteenth year. In the reporting year 19 women and 5 children were newly admitted. Of the inmates, 16 women and 9 children were rehabilitated into their own families. Their husbands and family members were counselled and emphasised the need for mutual respect and valuing the contributions made by women for the welfare of the family. The regular services of nutritious meals, medical check-up and health care, counseling, vocational training and job placements for the inmates are continued as per the stipulations of the Government. From 1st November, 2005.The home has received 697 Women and Children till date.

The total floor space of this Home is 5500 Sq.ft. It consists of warden’s room, medical room, training centre, a small library and living space for the inmates. The floor and the side walls are tiled.

This home is furnished with 30 double iron cots to accommodate 60 inmates with 52 safety lockers to keep their personal things safe. The Home is fitted with lights, fans and night lamps for the comfort of the inmates. Each inmate is provided with a cot, mat, pillow with covers, bed sheets, towels, etc. Everyone has access to television for recreation. The mini-library has a collection of 1500 books on self –confidence, the art of living, real life stories, mind concentration progress, women’s rights, historical stories, medicine, education and health.

Indoor and Outdoor games are also available for relaxation. Fire safety equipment are fitted at strategic places for emergency use. A Stock register is maintained for the clothes meant to be distributed to the inmates. These clothes thus distributed includes chudidhars, sarees, blouses, petticoats, children’s dresses, nighties, etc.

At the end of the reporting period the category and number of inmates in the Swadhar Home are as follows:


Deserted by families 11
Destitute Women 11
Women 02
Women from Broken Family 05
Children 08
Total 37
The Services provided in Swadhar Home:
Food:

Breakfast, Lunch, Tea and Dinner are prepared hygienically and served according to a preplanned weekly menu. On festivals and national holidays some special dishes are added to the regular menu. By the recommendation of the District Social Welfare Officer, the District Supplies Officer has issued a bulk permit to the home with which most of the food materials are purchased at a highly subsidized price and which helps to provide adequate food to the inmates. When any inmate is unwell, special food is prepared and served to them as per Doctor’s advice

Health Care:

A qualified Doctor visits the Home every week for health check-up and he is also available on a call whenever anyone is unwell. Referrals are made to the Government Hospital as and when necessary. Otherwise, the medicines are supplied by the Home as per the Doctor‘s prescriptions. The pregnant inmates are registered with the Govt. Hospital where they get regular check-ups and are supplied with Iron and Calcium tablets. Types of diseases the inmates often suffer from are diabeties, HIV/AIDS, Asthma, fits, Skin diseases, Cracks on heels, blood pressure, Psychiatric disorder, Vitamin deficiency, menses, body pains, cold, cough, fever, etc. The tablets for the above health problems are stored in campus and distributed to the inmates when they fall sick. Stock Register is maintained and the tablets are replenished from time to time. Some of the medicines /tablets are supplied by the government hospital at free of cost and the others are sourced from the medical shops. Only confidence building songs and movies from cinema or devotion are screened in the television. Violence, sex and crimes based songs or movies are restricted for viewing.

Counseling:

The Home has a full-time qualified Counselor. She meets the inmates on a regular basis and maintains a record individually. She helps the inmates to resolve their personal conflicts through psycho-social and psycho-sexual counselling. The inmate’s close relatives are also counselled and after reconciling the conflicts or differences of attitudes / opinions, these inmates are sent home to resume their normal family life. Some of the cases that cannot be helped through counselling are referred to the District Social Welfare Officer who uses his/her power to settle disputes by seeking legal action if required.

VOCATIONAL TRAININGS:

The Home motivates its inmates to prepare themselves to become independent and self-reliant. The Home provides training in Computers and Tailoring to the inmates depending on their interest and capacity. The inmates who are capable and willing to work are assisted to find jobs outside the Home.