Asha Kirana Seva Trust (AKST) was established to promote equity, social justice and sustainable development for the upliftment of rural women and children.
Main Activities are:
Home for the Aged: AKST’s Old Age Home provides basic necessities to ensure better livelihood of the needy elderly section of society irrespective of their caste, religion or gender and helps them lead respectable lives. They currently have 15 beneficiaries.
Crèche Units: AKST runs crèche centers with support of the Central Social Welfare Board in New Delhi and Karnataka State Social Welfare Board. Two centers are run for children of working mothers in urban slums of Bengaluru from ages of 1 to 6 years. Basic health check-ups are conducted and daily nutritious food is provided. Children are provided uniforms, teaching aid and recreational materials. Pregnant and lactating mothers benefit from AKST’s Supplementary Nutrition Program.
Vocational and Life skill training: AKST organizes vocational classes for unemployed youths, SHGs members and women in rural and urban parts of Bangalore in co-ordination with InfoTech agency & Ministry of Labour & Employment. Main areas are beautician, tailoring, handicrafts, candle making, hand knitting and LMV driving training. Students get placed in garment units, MNCs and small scale industries. AKST also conducts spoken English courses for students and housewives. Career guidance and personality development skills are imparted
Educational Support: It provides 50 poor children with uniforms, notebooks and an opportunity of holistic education by educating them on their rights.
Health awareness and medical camps: AKST works on community based health care programs through formation of women groups, capacity building and dissemination of information in 10 villages. It also works in areas of reproductive health, sanitation, HIV/AIDS, and herbal medicines. Beneficiaries are immunised against BCG, DPT, Polio, Measles and DT. In urban slums, awareness programs are conducted on HIV/AIDs, cancer deduction, safe drinking water and sanitation.
Women and Child welfare program: AKST assists widows, elderly and disabled women to get pensions from the Government. Programs in sustainable rural development like environment, energy, and health and income generation are also conducted.
Income Rs15 lac
Expense Rs15 lac
Source : Audit Report 2016
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