Idhayam Thirunangaigal Munnetra Sangam (ITMS) is a Community Based Organization (CBO) which works for the benefit of transgender individuals. ITMS empowers around 610 individuals through development intervention programs like microfinance access, livelihood promotion through skill training, government scheme facilitation, HIV/AIDS prevention & care, legal aid and counselling services.
ITMS is promoted by Voluntary Health Services (VHS) as part of its Tamil Nadu AIDS Initiatives (TAI) project. ITMS is supported by Swasti, whose HIV/AIDS prevention project is being funded by Avahan III, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s project.
Activities in FY15:
Women Empowerment: ITMS promoted 15 Self Help Groups (SHG) which cover 75 members. The SHGs generate Rs100 as average savings per month per member. Six SHGs are linked to banks enabling the members to open bank accounts. 52 SHG members are insured under the Janashree Bima Yojana (JBY) scheme.
Training Program: ITMS volunteers provide training to SHG members in the areas of leadership, legal awareness, maintaining records, and importance of savings.
Government Schemes: ITMS facilitates its members to avail voter ID cards, ration cards, Aadhaar cards, and receive pensions. During 2014-15, 70 members received voter ID cards & Aadhaar cards and 50 members received ration cards. Totally 363 members availed social entitlements and schemes from government through ITMS.
Resource Mobilisation: On 22 February 22 2014, a cultural fund-raiser was organised by the ITMS. Rs1 lakh was raised through sale of tickets, donations, and sponsorship.
Targeted Intervention (TI) project: TI activities include condom distribution, one-to- one counselling services, referrals and advocacy. Meetings were held on a monthly basis to discuss this project.
Income Rs6 lac
Expense Rs5 lac
Source : Audit Report 2015
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