At the KGMU Hospital Lucknow Varsha Foundation distributed clothing and caps to children suffering from cancer. The children and their parents were very happy. A little smile reduces the pain of children.
The Varsha Foundation is running a non-formal education center (NFE Center) in Aligarh, UP for a group of 3 to 6-year-old children. There are currently more than 20 children of poor and deprived communities who have received non-formal education in the NFE Center. These children are not going to any school for formal education because of poor condition of the family and lack of awareness and knowledge.
The Varsha Foundation provides basic education and nutrition assistance to them and encourages their families to send children to school and bring them into the education system for formal education.
HOLI Celiberation at NFE Centre Aligarh
Startup: Plan of activity
Setup a HAH in Lucknow for children suffering from cancer and their families
India has only a few specialized cancer centers, and the patient flow is also high to these centers.
More than 80% families come from outside the city to receive cancer treatment. At any given time, there are 100-150 families of children in the city. For these, often economically disadvantaged families, the cost of treatment limits their access to accommodation. Typically, the families put up in rented rooms or lodges. Though the lodges are cheap and provide basic amenities, they have problems of their own. 1stly the lodges are not catering to patients of any specific disease and therefore, children undergoing cancer treatment are often at risk of catching infections from patients with other infectious diseases. 2ndly the sanitation and hygiene at these places are not apt for patients undergoing cancer treatment due to their special requirements. 3rdly, the environment at the shelter homes is often dreary and not conducive for children who need special care and fun activities to keep them hale and happy, as well as for their behavioral, developmental and social needs.
We have designed a low cost HAH model with minimum investment and running and maintenance costs. It integrates the issue and challenges of accommodation into treatment, care and support systems at adjoining cancer centers. Our low cost model involves parent and community participation, empowering the parent support group to set up, manage and run the home and provide them with employment opportunities. Families will be provided with a kitchen kit, a room kit, and a school kit for the children. They will be encouraged to prepare home-cooked meals for their children. Rations will be provided raised through local donations. There will be school activities in the HAH and multi-functional areas for entertainment, parent forums, celebrations and therapeutic activities.
Project HAH – Goals and Aims
- Provide outstation families with affordable, child appropriate accommodation during treatment
- Create a low-cost option near the hospital, without substantial investment and low running and maintenance costs
- Empower parents to set up, manage and run the home and provide them employment generation opportunities
- Integrate project HAH into the treatment, care and support systems at the PCU – thereby improving the overall standards of treatment & care
Concept of HAH
- Low cost accommodation in a home like atmosphere,
- Individual hygienic cooking facilities and common dining areas to cater to the children’s individual taste, failing appetites and need for healthy nutrition, which is vital for the success of their treatment
- Health room facilities – to focus on hygiene, proper storage of medicines, and information and support for proper follow up of Doctor’s instructions
- School Room – to ensure that children continue to receive education through Non-Formal Education Program and to focus on their behavioural, developmental and social needs
- Emotional and Psychosocial support by the Parent and Survivors groups as well as regular forums and meetings; and administrative support for letters to home, form filling, Government and other facilitation
- Multifunctional areas for leisure, community activities, reintegration facilities, as well as to accommodate additional families in time of need.
- Outings, recreational and community activities.
Services in HAH
- Transportation between hospital and HAH
- Cooking facilities
- Care and Support: Health, Nutrition, Psychological, emotional support & information
- School and multifunctional sitting /dining areas
- Leisure, recreational and community activities
- Administrative assistance