• Awareness Campaign
  • Developing Training Materials
  • Trainings
  • Capacity Building of Government Functionaries
  • Tribal Campaign – tribal language

HIV/AIDS Campaign

Warangal is one of the tribal districts of Telangana region in Andhra Pradesh. It has about 1550 thandas, where around five lakh lambadas reside. Warangal is the centre for academic activity having a University, Regional Engineering College and many other professional colleges. This helped most of the Lambadas in taking up higher education and later taking up higher posts in the Govt. and Non-Govt. sectors. There are many IAS and IPS Officers, Professors, judges, advocates, and teachers from the Lambada community. They are present in all the sectors. But many Lambadas still languish in a very pathetic state of poverty and illiteracy. Added to this, high prevalence of diseases in the thandas makes them more vulnerable to deaths

Tharuni has taken up HIV/AIDS campaign in the district since the past one and half years. Tharuni organized a unique campaign against AIDS and child marriages in 81 villages of 22 mandals of AIDS Control Society). This Campaign brought to light the necessity for conducting more such programmes for the young women who are the most affected lot due to ignorance and discrimination

New Pilot Project on HIV/AIDS:

Based on this background Tharuni was assigned the task of implementation of AIDS awareness programme for Self Help Group members (SHGs), Youth and Adolescent girls in about 214 villages of 7 mandals of the district covering 84,914 people. It is one of the pilot projects taken up in three districts of Andhra Pradesh State. Unlike other NGO’s, Tharuni implemented this project involving Government functionaries like Govt. teachers, Anganwadi Workers from ICDS, and Grama Deepikas from DRDA. Tharuni has shown in the past and present how a committed NGO can successfully collaborate with Government in implementing Governmental programmes. This is very rare because NGOs run their own parallel set ups and never like to involve them with Govt. machinery.

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