Events at Jeevan Jyothi Hospice -"A healthy attitude is contagious but don't wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier" - Tom StoppardBack
Whatsoever you do to the least of my brothers and sisters you do it unto me ...
Our services treated 189 patients during the past three months. Among them 22 were given palliative care, including one home-based patient. We were privileged to give good care and support to this people at the end of their life journey.
Staff and patients together celebrated the festival of Ayutha Pooja, thanking the Almighty for making use of human brain to create instruments which had been part of our work.
Deepawali, the festival of light was celebrated with the participation of 127 children. Following a prayer service where we all held the Divya (lighted lamp) in our hands, we distributed new clothes, sweets and rice for the family.
Presentation day was celebrated by Fr.Jeyasheelan our parish priest, along with our staff and neighboring religious sisters and priests. It was a life sharing experience which was expressed through a sharing of happiness
World AIDS Day
World AIDS Day was commemorated with awareness programmes for students in Presentation Convent School, Theni and Jeyaraj Annabackiam College. 800 children participated.
We had some sharing with our patients about the latest statistics of HIV/AIDS and how to prevent the spread of AIDS to others. Students from Nadar Saraswathy College visited Jeevan Jyohti hospice & spent time with the patients. They were also given awareness on HIV/AIDS and childline.
We gave a Life Skills training programme in 12 schools on child protection, child labour, child marriage, child abuse and children’s rights. Separate training programmes were run for doctors and village health nurses, as well as one for community leaders. An exhibition on these topics was also organised, which attracted many visitors. To support this, we distributed posters and stickers on the importance of Child protection to heighten public awareness.
We celebrated Children’s Day by going to different schools and orphanages conducting competitions, games and distributing prizes for all children. They all enjoyed the celebrations.
Dropout children back to school
In conjunction with the DCPU, SSA, the Police department and Childline, we identified 52 children who dropped out of school for various reasons. Of these, 12 were re-admitted to school.
We visited Rasimalai as there had been significant damage to family homes following severe storms and rain, although thankfully there were no human casualties. We lobbied with government officials and secured financial assistance to repair the damage and distributed rice, dhal and biscuits to all the families.