Safa is a non-profit organization with a vision of socio-economic empowerment for women living in urban slums. Founded in 2008, Safa is a social venture that is convinced that socio-economic empowerment of women starts with generating an acceptable income and getting an education. Safa introduces illiterate urban women to sustainable livelihoods through an area-based community model that respects the cultural and social identity of the men in their society. Safa also supports them in educating their children.
Safa provides programs for women and children. Supportive activities for women include: income-generating /vocational training programs; access to finance; market orientation and value education and counseling. Livelihood training includes tailoring, embroidery and the production of hand-made craft products featuring unique ethnic designs. As Safa women create products, they become agents of change, respected by their families, communities and themselves. Children benefit from Safa-sponsored educational scholarships and classes in English along with values educational programs. Both women and children benefit from basic hygiene classes. The earned profit from the products produced by Safa is invested in education since it gives Safa the means to pay school fees and supplies for girls. In this way, Safa helps two generations. In the long run, the girls educated will be able to work and earn a regular income so that their families will benefit economically.
Blue Cross is a voluntary animal welfare organization founded in 1993 by Amala Akkineni and Nagarjuna Akkineni. It focuses on helping animals that are homeless, abused or abandoned in the streets. The organization’s guiding principle is: “ We believe that all animals are sentient beings. And whether they are used in the production of food, for science, for entertainment, for transportation, are stray, homeless or wild, they deserve freedom from cruelty.”
Blue Cross is located on two acres of land in Jubilee Hills. It provides the following services:
- Animal ambulance rescue service for homeless animals, cattle, equines and wildlife
- Animal shelter for care of sick, injured and abused animals
- Veterinary hospital for pets of members of the community
- Mobile clinic for working donkeys, horses and camels
- Humane, stray animal control through sterilization and vaccination (WHO ABC / ARV / Programme)
- Investigation of cases of cruelty to animals
- Adoption for dogs, pups, cats and kittens
- Environment: Also, in an effort to help stabilize turtle populations, Blue Cross works in conjunction with coastal states to neuter stray dogs, which eat turtle eggs on beaches
- Awareness education and programs focused on animal welfare and the environment
The purpose of the Trust is to promote the education of under-privileged, poor and needy children living in the slums. It facilitates the provision of state-funded education for slum children. The trust was formed in 2001 by founder, Ms. O. Kalpana, and was registered as a charity in 2002.
Prardhana works in slums to bring new government schools to communities and to improve existing schools. It negotiates with local government officials for land to build schools, secures financing from private donors and municipal sources and builds schools. After the school is open, it supports the staff with the everyday practicalities of running a school. At this time Prardhana is heavily involved with the following three schools: Madhapur, Anjaiah Nagar and Mastan Nagar Government School, also known as Rainbow School .
Sivananda Rehabilitation Home (SRH) was founded as a charitable institution in 1958 by Rani Kumudini Devi to provide a home for destitute leprosy patients. Since then, SRH has developed into a large, well-known institution, expanding its mission to provide adequate medical care to patients with tuberculosis as well as to reduce the occurrence of new cases through community education.
SRH is a nationally recognized non-governmental organization providing services to five hundred destitute patients located on a fifty-one acre campus. The campus includes a hospital, a sheltered workshop and a home for aged women. The free services provided include: in-patient and out-patient care, leprosy treatment, dental services, reconstructive surgery for leprosy patients, occupational therapy and orthopedic footwear for leprosy patients.
SRH also conducts a number of training programs. It provides its patients with the rehabilitation and occupational therapy services necessary to integrate them back into their respective communities. SRH is a charitable institution sustained by government and institutional grants, corporate and personal donations.
PAWMENCAP (Parents Association for the Welfare of Mentally and Physically Handicapped) is dedicated to the prevention, early intervention, education, vocational training, socialization and assisted living for the children in its care. The organization also works on issues of social acceptability for differently-abled individuals. It was registered in 1988.
The school started with eight children and now has two hundred and thirty students between six and eighteen years of age. The children come from all walks of life and from all religions with more than 85% of their families living below the poverty line. The children’s disabilities include mental disabilities, autism, and cerebral palsy in all severity levels. PAWMENCAP serves families in a radius of fifteen kilometers, covering several districts in the Hyderabad metro area. It is estimated that more than four thousand mentally challenged children live in its service area.
The school is housed in a series of small buildings, divided into classrooms that are brightly decorated with the children’s work. There is a central common area that also serves as a lunchroom, a physiotherapy room with functional but outdated equipment, and an on-site kitchen. The government funds ninety percent of the cost of the programs and parents are asked to pay ten percent. Those families who cannot afford to pay are asked to make whatever contribution they can manage.
PAWMENCAP’s projects are run by professional educators assisted by parent volunteers. The Association runs several projects, including MAYUKHA (serving 51 intellectually impaired children, ages birth to 6 years old); MANOKRUSHI (serving 95 children between 6 and 18 years old with educational and vocational training); and MANOCHETNA (providing vocational training and workshop space for 84 students who produce items for sale – scratch pads from recycled paper, disinfectant, flower garlands, candles, wind chimes and greeting cards – and work placement services for moderately impaired students).