Coaching classes have enabled me to complete my education

Manjula Kammar

Manjula Kammar

Manjula Kammar is semi orphan, studying in XIth. Her mother is HIV positive. Father expired of HIV. She has one elder brother & one small sister.

Brother has recently started working & he is the only breadwinner of the family. Small sister is in IXth. They live in rented house in Old Goa.

The house caught fire via short circuit in April 2015. Luckily they were saved but their clothes, some cash & important documents could not be saved. Presentation Socity has given Manjula and her sister Education & Counseling Support. Mother received Nutrition Support.

Staff visited the family to check on Mother’s health, Manjula’ and her sister’s progress in studies. She is faring well and is keen on completing her studies till graduation and start working. She intends to make her family proud.

Sunita Ballapa

Sunita Ballapa

Sunita Ballappa has been supported through tuition fees while studying in Xth. She regularly showed up for her tuitions and has benefited her a lot. She passed Xth with flying colors.

Both her parents are infected with HIV. She has one elder brother who has completed XIIth Std. Father is a construction worker & mother housemaid.

They live in rented house in Porvorim. The parents have difficulty in meeting education expenses of both the children. She is studying in XIth Commerce, admission fees paid by us.

She is very good in studies. She is hardworking & sincere. She is ambitious and dreams of doing something big to make her parents proud.

Melzy Fds

Melzy Fds

Melzy Fernandes is a semi-orphan child. She lives with her mother and younger brother. Her father expired with HIV/AIDS. Her mother frequently falls sick. Consequently she does not go for work. Hence there is no earning member in the family.

They have to survive on their mothers’ widow pension of Rs 2000/- which is not enough to meet all the expenses such as clothing, food, education of both the children.

This year Melzy is in X std. She was finding it difficult to cope up with her studies specially maths. Because of the low family income she was not able to go for tuition. Also the coaching fees around her place were very high. And hence she scored less marks in exams.

Then she brought this problem to the staff of social center. Then we started paying her tuition fees every month. She is happy and now she is working very hard and has scored good marks in last exams.

Coaching classes have enabled me to complete my education

Rohan Kattimani

Rohan Kattimani

Rohan Kattimani is an orphan, infected with HIV through his parents (HIV +). He is looked after by mother’s brother and his family. He stays in a hut in Taleigao with his uncle, aunt, their children & maternal grandmother. He is in VI STD. He is very poor in studies. He has difficulty in studying.

His Uncle has three small daughters, 2 are going to school. In spite of having his own family, he & his wife take care of him. Rohan was not behaving well with the aunt, back answering her, not studying when asked to, not doing the work asked of him, coming home late at night after 10.00 p.m., & unhygienic. The aunt informed one of the staff about his behavior & her wish to put him in the boarding for HIV affected children.

The Presentation Society searched for sponsors for him and he is now being supported by the sponsor. He was also given counseling, In Nov 2015, Rohan developed a problem in seeing in one eye. Immediately, outreach worker took him to Goa Medical College for check up.

The doctor asked to do several tests & X-ray. Tests were done soon & reports collected. The doctor informed that the situation is because ART tablets were not taken on time. Tablets & eyedrops were prescribed. Staff took Rohan to the doctor thrice. The uncle was little interested in his welfare. Now his eyesight has

Shivam Passi

Shivam Passi

He is a semi-orphan child. He is 12 yrs old. He is studying in vii std. He has one sibling who is HIV +ve. Mother is a housewife as she remains sick with HIV and cannot go to work. They live in a joint family. She only receives a Widow Pension with which she tries to manage her family of 3.

When we visited their house it was found that there were lot of family problems as the chacha married and chachi did not like them as they belonged to HIV background. She tried to create misunderstandings between the mother and children.

We spoke to the chachi and made her understand about their status. She also asked the chachi to help them in their studies as they were weak. She was happy that we spoke to her and wanted her to help the children.

Dhanraj Khanolkar

Dhanraj Khanolkar

Dhanraj Khanolkar is an orphan who is looked after by his grandmother. His parents expired with the deadly diseases of HIV/AIDS. He has a younger brother. Dhanraj was a ATKT student of class X. He had to answer two subject Maths & Science. Besides he was doing his XI std.

The staff from Jeevan Jyoti Social Center often made house visits and school visits, to check on his studies regarding these two subjects. Sr Deepti our project director also visited his house and school to inquire about his studies. He was asked to wake up early in the morning and study during early hours. He was also asked to make a time table so that he does not neglect both his studies. He was given some motivational counselling. He was also given encouragement to pass the exams.

The day finally arrived when he had to answer both his backlogs. After his exams he visited our center and informed us that he answered well. In a months time his results were out and Dhanraj had cleared his papers. He was very happy that he passed his exams and will get promoted to XII std.

Coaching classes have enabled me to complete my education

Jyothi Gudinal

Jyothi Gudinal

Jyoti is an orphan child whose parents died of HIV. She has a sibling. She and her younger sister live with their aunt. She is studying in VIII std and her sister is studying in IV.

Since they are orphan children staff visited their house to glimpse if they are being taken good care by their relatives. Her uncle is the only bread earner and besides these two children he has two children of his own.

Social Center is helping these children with their studies and educational needs.

Laxmi Rathod

Laxmi Rathod

Laxmi is a 15 yrs old semi-orphan. She has a younger sibling who time and again visits the center from the time of registration in 2013. However Laxmi never came to our center. She never used to come out of the house as she was a shy girl. She was married at an early age due to the family situation as her father died of HIV/AIDS so the mother got her married to her own brother in the village in Karnataka. After the marriage she discontinued her studies as she assumed that others will tease her. So she never moved out of her location and she remained at home doing house work at her mother’s house.

When we came to know that she was married from her neighbor mother of other OVC child to get her to the centre. But she did not come to the centre. So Sr. Susheela and the staff from Jeevan Jyoti Social Center made several visits to her house to see the condition and the problem of the child.

During our first visit she could not look and to talk to us. She was very timid and emotionally disturbed. Through making many phone calls and constant house visits made her to come to the centre. Finally one day she came to the centre with her younger sister. During her first visit she did not open up herself fully but later when she saw the other children coming to the centre and availing various help from the centre she got interested and motivated to visit our centre. Very often she used to visit our centre and spent time in playing the games.

As the other children were called for counseling she also was called for motivational counseling. In counseling it was found that she is very reserved person and does not interact with anyone. This counseling helped her to interact with the other children.

Since she discontinued her studies two years back she finds it difficult to study specially the medium of instruction. Instead she would go for Tailoring. She was given Badminton Racket as appreciation. Laxmi was happy to visit the center. She was also happy because she received badminton racket to play with her sister. She said she would often visit our center with younger sister.

Pooja Jaiswal

Pooja Jaiswal

She is a semi orphan child of 12 yrs studying in std VI. She has two elder siblings, a brother and a sister. Her mother died of HIV and her father is also suffering from HIV.

She and her sister stay with their relatives. Since father is also sick with HIV and cannot go for work, her elder brother is helping him with the household chores and expenses. Their father does not visit the center much. Didi from the center visited the house to collect the fathers CD4. They were happy that didi visited their house and are inquiring about their studies.

Coaching classes have enabled me to complete my education

Aarti Karishetty

Aarti Karishetty

Aarti Karishetty is an Orphan girl, infected with HIV through HIV positive parents. She lives with her Mother’s brother’s family. They look after all her needs; sometimes find it difficult to manage all the expenses. Also Aarti has to be taken to GMC for CD4 tests once every 6 months.ART tablets every month & for other tests; her education, nutrition, recreational expenses, costs add up. The brother-wife duo has to fend for themselves as well Aarti.

Aarti was in VIII STD in 2014 – 15. She found it difficult to concentrate and cope up with the studies. She cannot write her own name properly, many a times misspells it. Therefore, she dropped out of school.

Her CD4 was also less so she got nutritional support for a almost a year. Then she got a sponsor who supported her with monthly amount of Rs. 500/- per month. The amount was really helping her. Her travel to GMC every month, the rent, etc was paid through this amount.

The staff visited her house 34 times for counselling, health & then later to put her for tailoring course as per her request. For tailoring admission, her Adhar Card was required, which could not be prepared as she did not have Birth Certificate. Now, she has started working at a garment shop as she wants to stand on her feet. She is happy to work and earn a living.

Bhakti & Bhageshri Khanolkar

Bhakti & Bhageshri Khanolkar

Bhakti and Bhageshri are two daughters of widowed HIV infected mother. They live in a very small house. Mother is not working. She is very fragile and whenever she attempts to work she falls sick soon. The daughters take good care of her.

Both the sisters passed Class Xth & XIIth respectively with flying colors. Bhakti is studying  in XI Commerce & Bhageshri is doing her first year B.Com. She does a part time job in a shop to support her small family.

They both received Education Support. House visits were done by the ORW. Their admission fees were paid by Sr. Deepti for the college. They both are very hardworking, ambitious and excel in the studies. They have a big dream to achieve in life. In spite of facing all the troubles and difficulties, their faces show pain but a kind smile.

Ajay Arbanavor

Ajay Arbanavor

Ajay Arbanavor is HIV +ve Orphan Child who lost both the parents to HIV at an early age. He is a very nice boy. He lives with his aunty in Panjim. He is weak in studies, failed twice in IX. We have been supporting him through Education, Counseling & Nutrition Support.

House visit was done and we came to know that he has failed in IX & is willing to do Private X. He was working at the time at his Uncle’s Vegetable shop. His 1 year got wasted. The staff discussed with Sr. Deepti & Sr. Rupa and then convinced him to do ITI through which he can be self-employed or even get a govt job. He agreed. Then we put him for computer course for 1 month for which the fees were paid by the centre.

Staff visited the ITI, Panjim along with Ajay and he selected automobile course, filled application form & enthusiastically did all the necessary paper work and even went to his village to get certificates. He did everything with eagerness but alas he did not get a seat in the Govt ITI. The admission was done in July 2015, fees paid by Sr. Deepti. Since then he has been regularly going to college until recently we came to know about his poor attendance when staff visited the college for payment of second installment of fees. Ajay was contacted and he opened up that his caretaker aunt is not giving him money to travel to class. He was helpless. Sr. Deepti has started giving him Bus Travel to attend the classes. He has been regular now. Soon after completion of the course, the Tata Motors Company will be recruiting him and his classmates for work.

Coaching classes have enabled me to complete my education

Shilpa Madkeshwar

Shilpa Madkeshwar

Shilpa is a semi-orphan child. She is 14 yrs old. She lives in a joint family with aunty and with her children. She has an elder and younger brother. She is studying in the VIII and her brothers are in the IX and VI. Mother is the only bread earner in the family. She works as a housemaid in others houses and earns very little. She somehow manages the family with her earnings.

When their house was visited didi noticed that they have a problem in cooking as they are a joint family. Now they cook separately. She also has to pay electricity bill every alternate month as they live in joint family. She was told to adjust in the family as they had no one to support them and in order to avoid quarrel in the family. She was asked to take up jobs at 2 more houses in order to support the family needs. Shilpa is very happy and visits the center intermittently.

Ajay Handi

Ajay Handi

Ajay Handi is a child of very poor parents. The father works for daily wages and the mother has no income being a housewife. One day the mother of the boy visited our center to tell the sad story of not being able to afford admission fees, and was being forced to send the child back to their village.

Our social center provided him with money for books, uniform and admission fees. We also networked with other NGOs and put him for tuitions as he was a Kannada medium student going to English medium school. With his admission done the child can go to English medium school and also stay with his parents. The mother was very happy had joy in her eyes as he was her only child.

Ajay & Chand Swamy

Ajay and Chand Swamy are in XI STD Arts stream. Ajay is HIV positive, Chand –ve.They live with HIV positive parents in Sanquelim. Both parents remain ill, sometimes for days together. The father is a driver, mother works as a housemaid. Father has to travel over a long distance, and he keeps ill and is bedridden for long periods of time. The mother’s situation is also the same.

The mother falls ill whenever she works involving water. So then the income falls and the family suffers. Ajay and Chand showed interest in studies and passed X successfully. We had given tuition fees for Ajay. They were then taken to ITI, to just see the opportunities but they were keen to join college. We paid the admission fees for both. They worked hard and passed the Oct exam.