Chaitanya Educational and Rural Development Society (CERDS) began its operations in 1996 in Ongole, Prakasam district in Andhra Pradesh. It aims to educate people and make them conscious and concerned about self-reliance, social justice and co-operation. CERDS presently works in 60 needy and deserving communities in Prakasam and Guntur Districts of Andhra Pradesh.
Key activities are:
Nutritional support to HIV/AIDS Patients: The goal of this program is to strengthen the immunization system and increase the life span of HIV/AIDS infected people. CERDS distributes nutritional provisions in the form of raagi powder, wheat ravva, red gram, milk powder and eggs every month. During FY17, over 1,300 nutrition kits were distributed to about 150 HIV/AIDS infected patients.
Women Livelihood Program: CERDS provides milch animals to young widows to accelerate empower and create a stable income source. During the FY17, 94 widows were assisted with milch animal units and were prevented from approaching moneylenders or pawnbrokers for loans in times of crisis.
Assistance to the Disabled: Disabled people are assisted with tri-cycles and sanitary toilet facilities. It raises awareness among the disabled & their families on the importance of using sanitary toilets and reducing environmental pollution.
Child Education: This program supports education of disadvantaged children. CERDS sensitizes the parents/guardians of the children on the importance of his/her education. In FY17, 55 children were supported with their primary educational needs.
Water, Health & Sanitation program: CERDS ensures accessibility of safe drinking water to all scheduled tribes & fisherman living in coastal villages. During the year, a total of 73 bore wells for drinking water were installed in sea-coastal villages; 30 platforms around bore wells were constructed; all this ensured water facilities to around 1,500 families and 6,000 residents, & also made efforts to reduce water borne diseases.
Other programs include giving fishing nets to families, and providing over 7,000 children with Vitamin-A & Albendazole supplements.
Income Rs29 lac
Expense Rs28 lac
Source : Audit Report 2018
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