Special Initiatives

There are certain interventions that CSR funds cannot support due to the nature of the project, size of the intervention, etc. So, United Way Chennai identifies and supports such projects which need attention and support but don’t fall under the CSR radar. The funds raised through fundraising events are utilized for these projects.

RESIDENTIAL FACILITIES FOR PEOPLE WITH HIV

‘Reach the Unreach’ caters for the education of 900 children. 25% of the children are HIV affected. They provide residential care for the children in a family set up until the age of 10 and the children move into girls and boys hostels at the age of 11. United Way Chennai has funded Rs. 20,00,000 for building hostel for boys affected and infected with HIV. Through this project, 70 older boys have safe residence to pursue their schooling. The hostel houses 50-55 students every year.


EMPOWERMENT OF WOMEN FARMERS

Vrutti is an organization that works with small time farmers by enhancing their livelihoods through marketing and other value added services. Vrutti is part of an organisation called Catalyst, who approached UWC to establish a Multigrain Processing Mill in Aruppukottai to be owned and managed by Arumpoo Farmer Producers Company Ltd. Based on our intervention, 80% of the company’s shareholder are women farmers resulting in empowerment of women and their financial stability.

SUPPORT FOR PALLIATIVE CARE DOCTORS 
– DEAN FOUNDATION

Supporting palliative care services is not seen as an option because of the nature of impact. However the cause requires consistent financial support to help children affected with final stages of chronic diseases, with better living conditions and special care. So, UWC supported palliative care doctors who took care of children undergoing radiation or chemotherapy.

No. of Outpatient Visits (Feb 1 to June 30, 2018):272
No. of Inpatient Days (Feb 1 to June 30, 2018):342
No. of Specialty Ward Visits (Feb 1 to June 30, 2018):3809


INIYA UDHAYAM 
– MENSTRUAL HYGIENE AWARENESS

Through this initiative, UWC reached out to adolescent girls in schools to spread awareness on menstrual hygiene through interactive sessions. Girls were then able to openly discuss menstrual hygiene issues with the trainers. The teachers and headmistress of the schools also showed interest in encouraging them to break the taboo around the topic.

VOCATIONAL TRAINING FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES

United Way Chennai identified, trained and placed 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 included 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. Over 2000 people have been trained and placed in various corporates till date.

EMPLOYABILITY FOR CHILDREN LIVING UNDER THE JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM

As part of this initiative, we wanted to ensure children living under the juvenile justice system complete secondary education and are equipped with employable skills. United Way Chennai worked 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 facilities.

  • The children were provided education and equipped with employable skills (a vocational training unit was set up, for instance girls have been trained through a sanitary napkin making unit.)
  • RO plants were installed to provide safe drinking water.
  • We 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 was 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 worked 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 were part of this programme.
  • In 2014, 93% of girls and 100% of boys benefited from the programme and successfully passed their tenth standards board examinations.
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