Established in 2004, the Social Work Organization aims to work for the comprehensive development of the society through social entrepreneurship and skill development of the underprivileged and exploited section of the population. Their main objective is to reduce poverty, empower the women and support the widows; aid the orphans as well as the aged and the destitute people. Furthermore, they provide support for the leprosy victims and their families; also doing their best to give proper care to HIV-AIDS, T.B. and COVID-19 victims.
Quality education for underprivileged children, healthcare facilities, food supply, clothes and other essentials are some of the aspects taken care of by the NGO. Orphans, deserted or widowed women etc are given special care to empower them for their future through vocational training which are being imparted to the women and the youth. Poor tribal communities are also provided education and healthcare all the while spreading awareness regarding prevention and care of various communicable diseases. They are exposed to alternative livelihoods in fields of agriculture, honey trading, bamboo and tamarind, other NTFP etc. Value addition activities, as well as vegetable and flower plants cultivation, are unique initiatives along with embroidery training as an alternative means.
Sewing machines, important materials, embroidery accessories, NTFP value addition material etc are present in the established Mahatma Gandhiji Tribal Entrepreneur Training Centre. Beyond training, food is distributed among the poor lepers, the beggars and other destitute people. The NGO also takes care to distribute seeds of fruits and vegetables to the poor farmers.
In recent years they have conducted various livelihood improvement programmes along with aged care programmes. The ‘Prevention for Blindness Camp’ was organized with the aim to give proper hygiene training as well as convince children to have a vegetable-rich diet for better eyesight. Spectacles and other aids were provided to those who needed them. Sharing a great rapport with the people in the grass-root level, the NGO has managed to even bring the tribal community within their sphere of concern.
P. Ramesh Babu is the founder of Social Work Organization NGO. In high school, he had many friends from indigenous backgrounds. After completing his graduation in Social Work, he wanted to serve as a government official. As such he kept track of the Tribal Welfare Department to understand the developments and their implications on the tribal people. He fell into an economically dire situation while doing his Post-Graduation in Social Work. This lack of proper financial aid resulted in him losing out on many opportunities. He had nearly discontinued his studies when the Indo German Social Service Society offered to pay for his education in return for a commitment to work for the poor and needy for the duration of two years. Through this Ramesh Babu gained the experience of working with different NGOs where he had often encountered Indigenous development Projects like fellowship Support from MSDS etc. Ramesh Babu, follows the Gandhian thought of sustainable livelihood which was seen in the forest-based livelihood scenario. Thus he started the NGO to provide sustainable livelihoods through social entrepreneurship among the needy and the poor.
45-year-old Teneganti Hari Kumar from Nidadavole, Andhra Pradesh has lived a life of struggles after being a sufferer of leprosy for years. He and his wife Martha try their best to take care of their two children who are around 9 and 7 years old.
In the past, when his health was relatively better, Hari Kumar had earned a simple living by repairing bicycles. However, the disease soon attacked his body resulting in crippling his fingers permanently with multiple wounds in the tips of fingers as well as the feet. His hands and legs suffered from the disease and his entire lifestyle took a turn for the worse.
His wife manages to get little gardening work in the farms nearby to earn a tiny amount which is in no way enough to buy food and avail medical treatment or even maintain a proper shelter. As such they need for the daily bread puts them onto the streets to beg for their survival irrespective of the climate or situation.
The small family is in the last rungs of survival. Would you be the helping hand to show the embrace of humanity to them with a little support?
Potturi Surya Rao from Andhra Pradesh has been suffering from leprosy since he was 25 years old. In the past, he used to be engaged in agriculture as his chosen livelihood. But with his hands and legs being rendered useless after being eaten away by this destructive disease, he not only lost his livelihood but also his dreams of a life of dignity as he fell into the never-ending loop of begging.
Rao and his wife engage in begging daily to somehow meet the needs of food for survival. But their financial state is so dire that they are unable to afford medical expenses or even house rent and clothes to wear.
Presently 80 years old, the adverse climatic conditions often cause them trouble; rendering them unable to go and beg due to their age. This results in them facing acute hunger and going through relentless starvation for days.
In this old age, the couple has gone through an unbelievable struggle for survival. Their sufferings can never be erased yet at them nearing the end years of life; a little support can go a long way in giving them some respite. Will you be that helping hand?
Living in Nidadavole West Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh, 55 years old Neelapu Rama Rao has been through an extremely bitter existence for maximum years of his life. There was a time when he had an active engagement in agriculture through which he could easily support himself. But as years passed, at the age of 30, leprosy became the unchangeable truth of his life under which he has been suffering through a painful and lonely existence without any silver lining in the future.
The disease brought with it a social rejection as well as robbed away the strength of his fingers which were so cut with wounds that he could no longer perform any hard work. With him leading a solitary existence, in a way it releases him from the responsibility of providing for any family. But without a wife or children, he has been suffering through his condition for years with utter loneliness and lack of human contact.
Begging is the only resort left for him to support himself. A destitute at the peak of his long and painful life, he has never had any positive to look forward to. Nor can he in any manner afford medical treatment or proper nutrition.
He needs only a little compassion and some bit of humanity to be spared. Will that be you?
Jyothika Prabhu is a father who dreams of getting his 20-year-old daughter married with joy and to witness her happy life with his own eyes. This 45-year-old man from Andhra Pradesh has nurtured this dream as his core motivation all the while struggling with leprosy that continues to wreak havoc in his life.
Adept at bicycle repairing, he had gotten married and was soon blessed with a daughter. Yet the happy family soon fell into a turn of events when he got crippled by the disease with his hands and feet being punctured by wounds.
The family has no home to call their own and have to go out to beg no matter the situation for it is their only way of ensuring food to survive. Medical treatment is a dream to him and his condition continues to worsen. Despite his degrading health, he keeps on struggling to save money bit by bit to ensure the expenses of his daughter’s marriage.
This dream is the only goal of his life that ignites in him the urge to live. All his struggles and pain, sacrifice and suffering is all connected to his aim that he wants to see come true. All he requires is a helping hand. Will you be the one to help a father fulfil the dreams of his daughter’s marriage?
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