Christmas Party, 23 December 2008: save the date!

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In these troubled times of terror and amidst feelings of rage and hoplessness, the balwadi children of Lok Seva Sangam bring a message of hope and love to one and all at their Annual Christmas Tree. Come join us on Tuesday, December 23 at 3:30 p.m. at the Everard Nagar Tennis Courts, Everard Nagar, Eastern Express Highway, Sion, Mumbai, 400 022.

We welcome you all. Save the date and see you there!!!

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TB Patient Meetings

Bhavarlalji and NRI from the US distributing food grains to the patients. This philanthropist also arranges the marriages of this community at his expense.
Bhavarlalji an NRI from the US distributing food grains to the patients. This philanthropist also arranges the marriages of this community at his expense.

 

One such meeting was held in Thakkar Bappa Colony, known for the presence of leather workers where TB is highly prevalent.  LSS has brought many patients under treatment but their conditions of living are so bad that at least one member per household is infected.  Hence a meeting was held to explain to the residents the need for getting tested at the earliest. As the leather business is low during the monsoons many families leave the area and go home as they do not have the income to sustain themselves during these lean months.  Unfortunately this leads to patients defaulting on treatment and soon becoming resistant to the DOT Treatment which is detrimental to their health.  LSS has tried to solve this problem by providing nutritional supplements to such families in order that they may complete their treatment and thus prevent the spread of the disease.  LSS welcomes donations of food grains, eggs and milk powder for such families.

Annual Report 2007-2008

annual-reportDear Well Wishers and Benefactors,

It gives me great pleasure to present the Annual_Report_2008 of Lok Seva Sangam which is in its 32nd year. Lok Seva Sangam has for the past two years been also associated with the treatment of Tuberculosis. We have achieved a diagnosis rate of positivity of 11.6 %– 17%, well above the 4%-5% required rate. Our cure rate has increased from 72% – 75% and we have a minimum number of defaulters thanks to our dedicated paramedical team. 

 

For those to whom the cause of leprosy is still very dear, I wish to say that we have not given up on leprosy patients.  This year our case detection increased because of sample surveys conducted in high endemic areas and statistics showed that we had detected more child cases proving that leprosy is still not a disease of the past and requires our attention to stop its spread in the future. Integration with the public health system has only reduced the numbers on paper. For Lok Seva Sangam it is a priority to see that no leprosy case goes undetected or untreated and hence we have continued with our dermatological clinics which still prove extremely beneficial in the detection of new cases.

 

The community development project that we started a year ago has yielded good results. There were no outbreaks of dengue and chikunguinea this year because of the outreach programmes organized by the self help groups. Income generating activities benefitted all those who wished to participate.

 

In conclusion, we have had a successful year. This makes us strive harder to reach the unreached and we can only do so with your valuable support.

 

We owe our continued existence to our Funding Agencies and donors:

  • German Leprosy and TB Relief Association (GLRA) and
  • Associazione Italiana Amici di Raoul Follereau,
  • Inter Aide France
  • Swiss-Emmaus
  • Pontificio Istituto Missioni Estere (PIME)
  • School for Children (Dr. Filippo Binaghi, Helen Nonini, Lara Meroni)
  • Antonio Santa Maria, Fabio Lucheroni and Patrizia Costa
  • And all our local and foreign donors.

Our grateful thanks to the BMC, Dr. Badra, Nirmaya Foundation, Apnalaya and Dr. Anjum Khan for allowing us the use of their premises free of cost and also to Fabio Lucheroni for setting up and updating the website of Lok Seva Sangam (LSS). It is with your help that we have been able to make this outreach programme of ours a resounding success.

 

As Lok Seva Sangam has always been an inclusive project we wished to reflect this in our report and hence this year’s report has been written by the heads of the different departments involved.

 

Thank you very much!

 

Paul Alemao

Director

 

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Cut&Stitch and Punto a capo!!!

Good news for the Cut&Stitch project!!!

Cut&Stitch has joined another project: Punto a capo, by Pat Carra.

Pat Carra, a very well known artist from Milan, has been creating strips about women and other society-related issues for more than twenty years. Some time ago she came up with the idea of printing her cartoons on fabric.

 

Thanks to the long-standing friendship between Pat Carra and Patrizia Costa, who talked to Pat about the activities of LSS and the new project Cut&Stitch, it was decided to put together Pat’s artistic and intellectual work with the technical and practical work of other women, sewers and embroiders.

 

An old dream came true, with all the actors acting the same play in a coordinate manner.

 

In Milan, Pat Carra creates and prepares the drawings. In Milan and in Mumbai, Patrizia Costa chooses the fabrics and the materials. Other friends give ideas and suggestions. In Mumbai, Ethel d’Souza and the women of Cut&Stitch embroid and stitch the shopping bags.

 

From Italy to India, different women work and produce earnings, earn more individual freedom and get good spirit for all!!!

 

For information about the Cut&Stitch project, please contact:

 

 

Cut and stitch – an empowerment project

 

  • THE GOAL OF THE PROJECT: EMPOWERMENT

LSS is now intensifying the activity of the workshops, as they are having a more and more important role within the global project of the organization: the proceeds are addressed partly to the people who take part in the workshop, partly to other activities of LSS. A circle of positive energies and resources that go, come and split.

But LSS has educative goals, not economic: through an intense training, LSS wants to develop the self esteem, the confidence in themselves, in the people that are involved in the different projects. To participate in a workshop, to assume responsibility, to respect a commitment, to be able to create a good, well done  product: all these elements  bring not only money, but confidence and trust in oneself, in one’s ability: that is, in one word, empowerment. We have to feed the spirit, not only the body..

  •  THE PROJECT 

This workshop, already active in the past, is now increasing its role. The idea is to create shopping bags, table mats, folders, that are printed in an outside centre, then embroidered and stitched in the workshop.

The aim is to offer a handicraft that can be ordered in a certain quantity by firms, restaurants, schools, and so forth, for private or public events. The items are personalized with a logo, that is embroidered in some details. The embroidery plus the logo is the speciality of the product.

 

  • THE NUMBERS

The women involved in the project are now small in number, but they will hopefully grow in accordance with the achieved orders.

  • THE PROCEEDS

As for other workshops, the women working in the project will receive some money for each item. Whereas a part of the proceeds will be spent for buying the materials, in order to prepare samples to show to the new customers and to improve women’s abilities, the main part will be utilized to sponsor LSS no-productive activities (the educational projects, for instance).

 

Moreover, a small amount of money will be invested to organize training classes (at least two per year) so that the women can improve their abilities in cutting and stitching, or learn other kinds of handicraft.

  • HOW TO PROCEED

The workshop needs some time to organize its activities, based on the number of pieces requested. Based upon the first contact with the potential customer, an estimation of costs and time needed to fulfil the order will be provided.  As the order is formalized, the costumer will give 50% of the total amount as down-payment, so that materials can be bought and women can be activated.  We underline that, since the proceeds are used within the NGO, a cancellation of the order will cause no refund.

  • LABELS

Every item will have a label with a short description of the Project, LSS and its activities.

  • COORDINATOR

Coordinator of the project is Ethel D’Souza (mobile: + 91 98 9258 8712; e-mail: loksevasangam@vsnl.net). For information and assistance in Italian: Patrizia Costa (mobile: India + 91 98 2086-1849; Italy +39 338 220-5989; e-mail: patcosta21@yahoo.it).

MANY THANKS FOR YOUR CONTINUOUS SUPPORT!!!