we have transformed the lives of two million people till date
We’re passionate about ensuring that every child counts and lives with dignity.
Here’s the progress we’ve made since we started working in 1995.
Children under two years, served through the UNI program.
Pregnant & lactating mothers registered through the mMitra program.
Tribal Families reached through the Sahyog program
HIV infected/affected families become self reliant through the Home-Based Care Program
Children provided with care & protection, rescued or reunited with their families through the Child Protection Program
Children nurtured through four Residential Care Centers
Stories From The Field
The mothers, children and communities that we’ve met inspire our ideas and, often times, solutions.
Every one of them has a story worth sharing.
“. . . What will happen to my children? How am I going to survive?”
These were questions that overwhelmed Anita at the time we met her. The anxieties were real. As echoed by hundreds of parents, families, and children infected and affected by HIV/ AIDS, the uncertainty of survival sadly forms the preamble of all our first meetings with them. Anita was left to take care of her two children when AIDS claimed her husband’s life two years back. With this misfortune came the discovery of her and her children’s positive status. Anita’s in-laws disowned her and her children once they came to know of their sero-positive status. Driven to despair, she considered admitting both her children in a centre and committing suicide herself. She felt suicide to be the best way to escape the stigma associated with the infection. The HBC team engaged with Anita at length. She spoke about her anxieties and fears. Anita was encouraged to attend support group meetings of infected individuals.
“Support groups are a great help for people like us who need emotional support, a space where one can share what she feels. At first I did not think I would be able to look after my infected children. I was worried that I would not be able to send them to school. When I met the social worker of CCDT, she assured me that it was possible and many single parent families did that. I was able to share my fears in the group and I received support from all the volunteers. I felt more confident about raising my children as well as taking care of my health.”
This was remarkable since it was coming from a woman who had given up hope just a few months earlier. Along with counselling and material support, she received information on nursing care and self care. She became an active member of the Home-Based Care community volunteers. Having regained hope for herself, she finally realized the dreams she had for her children: today they are studying in a school.
“Now I have friends; a few of us also meet outside the centre and help each other to overcome the crisis. Now I don’t need any material support. I just need assurance that there is someone with whom I can talk and discuss and I think I have CCDT with me.”
As a courageous woman who fought HIV infection and associated stigma and discrimination, Anita continues to instil among us hope and desire for a world of possibilities. She is one of our Outreach workers and identifies and helps families who are in crisis due to HIV. Like Anita, HBC has helped thousands of impacted individuals to live a life with dignity and hope.
“‘. . . my brothers went missing. I dialled 1098 for help.”
When his two younger brothers Raju and Ravi went missing, Ganesh suspected that they had been lured by the city of glamour: Mumbai. The three brothers lived together in Reva, a small hamlet in Bhopal. Anxious and deeply agitated, Ganesh called Childline, a twenty-four by seven, national toll-free helpline for children in crisis at Reva. Since the children were supposed to be headed to Mumbai, the case was transferred to CCDT Childline.
Although the case was beyond CCDT Childline’s coverage area, its Childline team immediately set upon a thorough operation to track the missing children. From Ganesh, the team discovered that both the brothers had mobile phones. The team located the exact position of the mobile network with the help of the police. At the same time, a missing complaint was lodged and pictures of Raju and Ravi were circulated. The team stayed in touch with Ganesh – informing him of any new developments, assuring him of their support.
The case received breakthrough when the mobile network was traced to Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh. The boys had boarded the wrong train. The Bhopal police were contacted, and the children were found in Bhopal’s Katani Garden. Ganesh was immediately informed. The children were put into safe custody until he arrived.
Every year thousands of children go missing due to various reasons. The city of Mumbai is a receptacle of many children who run away from their homes due to poverty and violence. Sometimes just the fascination for Bollywood glitz attracts gullible young minds. Possibilities of abuse and exploitation follow. CCDT works with Childline to protect and rehabilitate children in crisis.
“. . . here we are taught to live like a family.”
A nine year old orphan, Sandip (name changed) was brought to CCDT’s Residential Care Center by a social worker from Mumbai Central in 2003. His father had died of HIV three years earlier and his infected mother was admitted to hospital on account of her failing health. She soon passed away. None of Sandip’s relatives were ready to care for him or his brother Dilip (age 11). Sandip and Dilip both flourished at CCDT’s center under the care of its committed staff and teachers.
Sandip showed an interest in electrical work and often involved himself in all the electrical work at the center. He passed his SSC board exam and decided to take up an ITI Electrician course at a reputed academic institute. CCDT hired an English teacher to tutor Sandip to help him cope with his coursework. He worked very hard and passed his ITI course with flying colors. Sandip is now working at a renowned Electrical Company in Powai and is staying in a group home along with his brother who is also employed.
Each year, CCDT’s Residential Care Program has helped many orphaned and vulnerable children like Sandip to reclaim their lives and battle HIV/AIDS with courage and resilience.