Dharmapuri Mavatta Pengal Mempattu Sangam (DHMPMS) DHPMS works towards the empowerment of women members (Female Sex Workers) which include deprived women, widows and HIV/AIDS affected. They support a range of development intervention programs. DHMPMS also reaches out to family members, mainly children of these Female Sex Workers. DHPMS presently has 2,500 women members (Female Sex Workers) from economically backward families located in 8 blocks covering 86 villages of Dharmapuri district in Tamil Nadu.
DHMPMS is supported by Swasti, whose HIV/AIDS prevention project is being funded by Avahan III, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s project.
DHMPMS helps the women to develop leadership skills, decision making abilities, fund management and a team of second line leaders. The organisation also trains its members to carry out diverse activities.
DHMPMS promotes the habit of saving among its members, trains them to mobilize savings and identifies credit support from banks and government institutions. The NGO provides training to Self Help Group (SHG) members and its leaders about the importance of savings and creates awareness about availability and access of existing medical insurance schemes.
DHMPMS helps its members to avail government schemes like voter ID cards, ration cards, bank loans & monthly pension scheme. The organisation also provides capacity building training on health related issues to its members. DHMPMS has also formed a grievance redressal committee to make its members aware about HIV/AIDS, condoms distribution and help them solve members’ problems.