Pnuema Trust - Home for children from FAAs, Madurai

Project Brief: Aims to provide education, shelter and health services to children affected by HIV/AIDS poor.
Project Type: Child Home (description)
Primary Focus: other (description)

Secondary Focus: other

Area: Urban
Supporting Chapter Contact: San Francisco
Status: current / ongoing
Project Steward: Shishira Nagesh
Project Partner(s): Paulin Rani
Other Contacts:
Project Address: , 9-2, Balaji Street, Shanthi Nagar,,,
TAMIL NADU  625018
Tel: 0452-2660123
Stewarding Chapter: San Francisco
Jul 2016San FranciscoUSD 6752
Jun 2015San FranciscoUSD 6713
Jun 2014San FranciscoUSD 3625
Jun 2014San FranciscoUSD 5795
Jan 2014San FranciscoUSD 2335
May 2013San FranciscoUSD 2604
Sep 2012San FranciscoUSD 1460
Feb 2012San FranciscoUSD 1640
Mar 2011San FranciscoUSD 1750
Feb 2010San FranciscoUSD 1750

Total = $34424

Pneuma (Professional Network for the Emancipation of the Under-Privileged Masses) Trust, based out of Madurai in Tamilnadu, is an organization founded in 2003 that aims to create health, education, social, and legal awareness among the poor.

According to India’s National AIDS Control Organization, TamilNadu is identified as one of the six high prevalence states in India. Madurai district was identified as a high prevalence area by the Tamilnadu State AIDS Control society. (Unofficial estimates for the number of people living with HIV/AIDS in Madurai range from 96,000 – 140,000).

Based on their interaction with several voluntary organizations and government agencies working for the cause of the HIV/AIDS infected, Pneuma members found out that children of HIV/AIDS infected parents were suffering from lack of proper educational facilities and parental guidance. They also found that such children were being exposed to illegal activities and were at risk of being forced into sex trafficking. In order to help children from Families affected by AIDS (FAAs), Pneuma started a home for such children in January 2006. The home provides food, clothing, and shelter free of cost for the children. The children are also sent to schools to continue regular education, and are given non formal education at the home. They are mostly orphans and semi-orphans of HIV/AIDS infected parents.

Pneuma currently only houses boys between ages 5 – 16, as they do not have the resources to accommodate girls. Many of the children housed in Pneuma are from rural areas of Madurai and nearby districts namely, Theni, Sivaganangai and Thirunelveli, whose parents came to Madurai for treatment.

The prominent issues faced by children from FAAs are as follows:
- Psychological stress caused by illness and death of parents, and ill-treatment by fellow students, play mates, sometimes even teachers and relatives.
- Economic hardship due to decreasing family income and increasing medical expenses.
- Lack of love, attention and affection due to the loss of a parent.
- Discontinuing education resulting from economic pressure and the responsibility of caring for parents and siblings.
- Malnutrition

Some of the objectives of Pneuma Trust in helping such children include:
- Providing social, psychological support for the children affected by HIV/AIDS
- Providing formal and non formal education for children affected by HIV/AIDS
- Ensuring a protective environment for children affected by HIV/AIDS
- Enhancing the physical and mental condition of children affected by HIV/AIDS
Pneuma Trust (Professional Network for the Emancipation of the Under-privileged masses)” is a registered Socio-Educational Public Trust founded in the year 2003 (Redg.No.262/IV/2003). The Organization is working in the fields of Health, education, social and legal awareness.

Mrs. Paulin Neuma Rani, is the Managing Trustee, who also manages the home. She cooks for the children as well, with the help of an ayah. She has an MSW degree in addition to an MSc degree. She and two of her classmates from the MSW course founded the Trust. Soon after her MSW course, Paulin worked on an Action Research Project about parental care and care & support programs for HIV/AIDS patients; this project was implemented by an NGO called MSSSS in Madurai with the help of European Commission. This was her first direct exposure to HIV positive people.
Mr. M.P.Rajan, Paulin’s father, is a lawyer by profession and a founder of the Trust. He has donated the large 2-storey wedding hall in Shanthi Nagar in Madurai for this purpose, and provides for the basic maintenance of the home.
Pneuma Trust has 80G approval and does not have FCRA clearance.
Jun 2017 2017 Pneuma Steward Recommendation
Apr 2017 2017 Pneuma After-school Shelter Proposal
Apr 2017 2017 Pneuma After-school Shelter Budget
Jan 2017 2017 Pneuma Health Awareness Proposal
Jan 2017 2017 Pneuma Health Awareness Budget
Dec 2016 2016 Pneuma Annual report
Jul 2016 2016 Pneuma Poll Results 2
Jun 2016 Pneuma 2016 Vote Results
Mar 2016 Pneuma 2016 Site Visit Report
Jan 2016 Pneuma 2016 Proposal
Jan 2016 Pneuma 2016 Proposal Additional Information
Jun 2015 Pneuma_Approval Minutes_09Jun2015
May 2015 Pneuma_2015 New Pr 1 (After School Center)
May 2015 Pneuma_2015 New Pr 2 (Health Education)
May 2015 Pneuma_2015 New Pr 3 (Hearing Disability)
May 2015 Cyc 6 (2015)_Shelter Proposal (with stwd ppt)
May 2015 Pneuma_Cycle 5_Annual Progress
May 2015 Pneuma_Q&A_May 2015
Apr 2015 Pneuma_Cycle 6 (2015 Shelter Home)_Proposal
Jun 2014 Pneuma_Approval minutes for Cycle 5 (2014-15)_(Part 1 of 2)
Jun 2014 Pneuma_Approval minutes for Cycle 5 (2014-15)_USE THIS
Jun 2014 Pneuma_Cycle 5 (2014-15) additional funding_approval
May 2014 Pnuema_Cycle 5_Answers to SF follow up quest_02May2014.pdf
May 2014 Pneuma_Cycle 4 (2013-14) progress + funds utilization
May 2014 Pneuma_Cycle 5 (2014-15) Q&A_May 2014
Apr 2014 Asha SF_Pneuma_Cycle 5 (2014-15) proposal (with steward ppt)
Mar 2014 Asha SF_Pneuma site visit_Mar2014
Nov 2013 Pneuma_Cycle 4_6month progress report_11252013
May 2013 Pneuma approval minutes_4th annual round
Apr 2013 Pneuma Proposal Cycle 4 (Year 4)_March 2013_Addendum
Apr 2013 Pneuma_Utilzation and Impact of WAH 2012 funds for SUNDAR
Apr 2013 Cycle2_Annual Progress Report
Apr 2013 Cycle3_Annual Progress Report
Apr 2013 Funds Utilization 2012-13 (Cycle 3)
Mar 2013 Pneuma Proposal Cycle 4 (Year 4)_March 2013
Sep 2012 Pneuma Site Visit Report_Sep13 2012
Sep 2012 Pneuma Site Visit Sep2012_Additional Info
Aug 2012 6month-progress-report_Mar-Aug2012_Cycle3Round1
Aug 2012 Funds Utilization Report_Mar-Aug2012_Cycle3Round1
Aug 2012 QnA_6 month progress review_MarToAug2012
May 2012 May 12th, 2012_Phone call with project partner to discuss it
Apr 2012 WAH2012_Pneuma_approval_minutes
Apr 2012 WAH 2010_Pneuma budget
Apr 2012 WAH2012_Pneuma_budget
Feb 2012 Approval Minutes
Nov 2011 2011 Annual Report
Nov 2011 Proposal
Nov 2011 Nov 2011 proposal - followup questions and answers
Jun 2011 2011 Site Visit Report
Mar 2011 Second installment receipt
Oct 2010 2010 Semi-Annual Progress Report
May 2010 First installment receipt
Mar 2010 Site Visit Report_March 2010
Oct 2009 PneumaResponseToQuestions.doc
Oct 2009 StudentProfile.doc
Oct 2009 proposal-HFC-latest.doc
Oct 2009 Asha_Proposal_Final.doc
Jan 2009
Oct 2008 Updated profiles of 40 boys
May 2008 Profiles of 35 boys
Mar 2008 Site visit by Bhaskar
Feb 2008 Original proposal including budget for 2008-09
Dec 2007 Pneuma Proposal