Please describe the goal of your initiative; outline what you are trying to achieve
Perrana aims to create the infected children friendly environment in their own family and community for their dignified life and every children have rights to exercise their child rights and having their families. To meet the goal, Prerana has been trying to achieve the goal through empowering their kind of kin and communities. Prerana has managed to settle other several cases during its 14 years history of working for HIV & AIDS and most of the cases have been success stories for Prerana. First fathers tried to ignore their children when they lost their mothers and Prerana has been able to settle the children through empowering their father to take care of the child. Prerana also has been able to resettle some orphans with their kind of kin. So we can achieve the goal.
What has been the impact of your solution to date?
Prerana has implemented treatment care and support services to people living with HIV & AIDS since 2000 and expanded services to larger geographical coverage to reach larger number of needy people for services. Since 2008 Prerana started to work for infected and children and to date Prerana has managed to reach 88 infected children and 215 affected children. Out of total, 53 children lost their one of parents, 15 lost their both parents and 5 were resettled with their kind of kin. Prerana focused its services in community level to empower them services at local level, capacity building of parents through opportunities for income generating activities and livelihoods coordinating with relevant stakeholders and government agencies. Most of the cases have been successful and look forward for partners to advance the effort for the long term care of infected orphans in the participation of their kind of kin and extended family members rather than to keep them in separate centers.
What is your projected impact over the next five years?
Prerana has been initiating an innovative approach to re settle the orphans with their kind of kin through their capacity building.Further opportunities will be provided to the kind of kin for their livelihoods through capacity building and training on income generating activities for longer term impact. Positive message will be disseminated to other extended families of infected orphans on their role to care the orphans. Local level advocacy with community and government agencies will help to create their ownership and support on the need of orphans. Gradually increasing government support and community participation will help to support for dignified live of the orphans.Empowered families will realize their importance for infected orphans. Orphans will be accepted by kind of kin.
What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?
Unwillingness of extended family members due to lack of information, unchanged behavior and their feeling as unnecessary burden will be the major hindering factors for the re-integration of the orphans because of their extreme level of poverty and their limitation to care them. Prerana will motivate them to take care the orphan, build their capacity to care, explore opportunities for income generating and livelihoods for regular income through coordination and networking with service providers. Community and home based care services will be linked where possible, health services providers and teachers, school management will be empowered for services. Empowerment of community people/leaders and government agencies also will help to overcome the challenges in a sustainable ways.
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