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Give access to affordable treatment to children from marginalized communities suffering from cancer. Learn More

Childhood Cancer treatment

In India cancer is the 9th common cause of death among children between 5 to 14 years of age. With adequate treatment, 70-90% of childhood cancer is curable because of better response to the treatment and protocols. However, advances in medicine and treatment rarely reach children from marginalized communities.

OUR GOAL

Give access to treatment to children from marginalized communities suffering from cancer.

OUR ACTION

We partnered with a blood bank and a research Centre to ensure children from marginalized communities can have access to high quality health care. Children suffering from blood cancer and thalassemia can now access matching stem cells from donated umbilical cords.

A palliative ward is also set up at a government run hospital to cater to children with leukemia.

OUR IMPACT

5,000 children have access to Cancer treatment.

SPONSORS AND PARTNERS

  • NGO Partner: Jeevan Blood Bank (Stem cell research), Dean Foundation (ICH – Ward)
  • CSR Partner: Caterpillar India Pvt. Ltd. (Jeevan Blood Bank Project)

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Childhood Cancer treatment


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Ensure children living under the juvenile justice system in 2 government run homes complete secondary education and are equipped with employable skills. Learn More

Employability for children living under the juvenile justice system

Ensure children living under the juvenile justice system get access to education and job opportunities is critical for them to break away from an unhealthy environment and become productive members of society.

OUR GOAL

Ensure children living under the juvenile justice system complete secondary education and are equipped with employable skills.

OUR ACTION

United Way Chennai works with two government run homes for children living under the juvenile justice system to ensure they pursue their education and are provided with water and sanitation facilites

  • The children are provided education and equiped with employable skills (a vocational training unit has been set up, for instance girls have been trained through a sanitary napkin making unit.)
  • RO plants have been installed to provide safe drinking water.
  • We have also employed a sports instructor who visits the homes every week to train the children in various sports like Cricket, football, etc. Sports kits have also been distributed.
  • Psychological counselling is also provided to the students (individual and group sessions) with the support of qualified counsellors
  • As a part of their field work, interns from leading colleges work with the children in these juvenile homes and meet them on a regular basis to understand and alleviate their concerns

OUR IMPACT

Nearly 650 juvenile children are part of this programme.

In 2014, 93% of girls and 100% of boys benefitting from the programme successfuly passed their teinth standards board examinations.

SPONSORS AND PARTNERS

  • CSR partner : HCL Foundation

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Employability for youth living under the juvenile justice system


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Decrease infant mortality by training nurses in government hospitals on maternal and child care. Learn More

Mentor Nurses Programme to Decrease Child Mortality

India has the highest number of child deaths in the world, with an estimated 1.2 million deaths in 2015, that is 20% of the 5.9 million global deaths.

OUR GOAL

Decrease infant mortality by training nurses on maternal and child care.

OUR ACTION

In 2015, Ekam Foundation partnered with Directorate of Public Health and United Way Chennai to execute a Mentor Nurse Training Program. Government of Tamil Nadu has designated 200 staff nurses across the state as Mentor Nurses or Master Trainers. These nurses are being trained on Maternal and Child care by Ekam foundation. These Master Nurses are expected to in-turn train other staff nurses as part of a Queen Bee Approach. The nurses are trained and mentored by experts in the field of Obstetrics, Paediatrics and Neonatology. The concept of a mentor nurse model is an important element of effective health promotion practice as it directly and indirectly increases the range of personnel and health facilities that are able to address health problems. The idea has been appreciated widely in many developed and developing countries and has proven to be effective in improving best practices in nursing care. Apart from Technical training, Non-technical Workshops (for Change Management and Communitisation) are also conducted to bring about attitude change among the staff nurses and also promote community involvement from the grass-root level.

OUR IMPACT

200 government nurses being trained by 50 doctors; which in turn will train a total of 4000 local nurses on neonatal care across Tamil Nadu. Till date 184 mentor nurses have been trained and 1390 training sessions have been completed.

SPONSORS AND PARTNERS

  • NGO partner: Ekam Foundation

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Reduce Infant and Child Mortality


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Aims at inculcating good sanitation practices in children, preventing health problems and reducing school dropouts by providing proper sanitation facilities. As a pilot WINS (Wash in schools) program, we have redesigned and reconstructed the entire sanitation infrastructure in a government school. Learn More

WINS: Wash in Schools

Lack of proper WASH facilities and low sanitation awareness are direct causes of students’ health problems and school dropouts (especially girls reaching age of puberty).

OUR GOAL

WINS (Wash in schools) program aims at inculcating good sanitation practices in children, preventing health problems and reducing school dropouts by providing proper sanitation facilities.

OUR ACTION

As a pilot project implemented in Sholinganallur Govt. Higher Secondary school, we have redesigned and reconstructed the entire sanitation infrastructure in the school in accordance with UNICEF guidelines, which is now equipped with:

  • A girl friendly Toilet block with a long urinal of 99 seats (if the school gives 15 minutes for the break, all the students can use the facility without any difficulty).
  • Two user friendly boys urinal block
  • One user friendly latrine seat for each class with safe and user friendly door (once locked inside, user cannot be locked outside)
  • Two group hand washing stations with 28 taps each. Hand washing facility is also provided in the inner side of the toilet blocks for both boys and girls
  • Water re-use – The water used in the Hand washing stations is re used for washing the Urinal drains. The food particle and other solid materials from the hand washing stations are disposed in a leach pit separately. All the used water and urine are collected reused for watering the trees in the school campus.
  • The girls toilets are also fitted with incinerators for sanitary napkins. Sessions on menstruation and menstrual hygiene are also conducted to ensure higher awareness thereby reducing dropouts when girls attain puberty
  • New Ground level reservoirs have been constructed to provide adequate water supply.

OUR IMPACT

  • Over 1500 children studying in this Government school benefitted from the project.

SPONSORS AND PARTNERS

  • CSR partner – Symrise India Pvt. Ltd
  • NGO partner – India NGO

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Wash in School


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Identify, train and place physically challenged people in corporates. Training includes for instance the use of sign language to train hearing impaired people, soft-skills training, on-the-job trainings and interaction with industry experts. Learn More

Vocational Training for the physically challenged

Physically challenged people face many obstacles on the path to financial independence, such as discriminatory practices or negative perceptions of their abilities in the workplace.

OUR GOAL

Enable Persons with Disabilities to avail better livelihood opportunities through market linked trainings and jobs in the organized sector.

OUR ACTION

  • We identify, train and place physically challenged people in corporates in areas like Back office operations, BPO, Banking, Hospitality and Retail. Trainees have also been successfully placed in top corporates like Accenture, Capgemini, RBS, Barclays, SCOPE, TCS, HCL, Bank of America, etc.
  • Training includes for instance the use of sign language to train hearing impaired people, soft-skills training, on the job training with various corporates, interaction with industry experts, etc.

OUR IMPACT

Over 2000 people have been trained and placed in various corporates till date.

SPONSORS AND PARTNERS

  • Partners: V-Shesh and Youth4Jobs (Y4J)

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Vocational Training for the physically challenged