Salem Pengal Nalavazhuvu Sangam (SPNS) has been formed by a group of deprived women with the aim to empower the marginalised women in the district through holistic development intervention programs. SPNS is promoted by Voluntary Health Services (VHS) as part of the Tamil Nadu AIDS Initiatives (TAI) project.
SPNS is supported by Swasti, whose HIV/AIDS prevention project is being funded by Avahan III, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s project.
Activities in FY14:
Promotion of Self Help Group (SHG): SPNS has formed over 75 SHG covering 900 members. The aim of the SHGs is women empowerment through their economic development. Twelve of these SHG have been linked with banks to access banking facilities. SPNS has also provided training on importance of book keeping and accounting related topics, with the support from Dhan Foundation. 185 SHG members are insured under Janasree Bima Yojana.
Roja Kootam Children’s Forum: 74 children belonging to the age group of 6-18 years are members of this forum. They meet once in 3 months with the objective to instil learning and talent enhancement. A cultural event was held by the Forum and more than 200 children of the CBO members participated.
Support for PLHIV: SPNS has provided nutritious food to 90 People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV) in the Salem district. In addition to food support, medical cate & social care were provided. Children of PLHIV were given career guidance and scholarship support for continuing education.
Social entitlements: On behalf of its members, SPNS facilitates issue of voter ID cards, ration cards, timely receipt of elderly pension, widow pension, marriage support for girls from poor families, Aadhar card and others.
Income Rs2 lac
Expense Rs2 lac
Source : Audit Report 2014
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