Outreach services can range from actual delivery of services, dissemination of information and establishment of beneficial connections between community members and relevant stakeholders.
Such programs are regularly carried out by Ability Aids to promote community ownership and sustained engagement. These are aimed at mobilizing and sensitizing the community members as well as collaborating with relevant stakeholders.
Ability Aids is committed to improving the health status of the community. The goal of the program is to prevent diseases, conduct periodic screening, correct, limit and provide rehabilitation to people with disabilities, provide emergency medical help and train the community in healthy living and better practices.
A major highlight of this program is the financial support extended in case of medical emergencies like cancer, organ transplant, dialysis, open heart surgery, spinal surgery, corrective surgery for those afflicted with Post Polio Residual Paralysis followed by physiotherapy. Pre and post operative counselling are also provided.
Assistive devices like wheelchairs, walkers, orthosis, corsets, crutches, tricycles etc. are provided for the physically challenged. Regular visits are carried out and training in independent living skills provided.
Medical camps, in collaboration with government agencies, wherein beneficiaries are provided comprehensive medical check ups with follow up treatment, are regularly conducted.
In depth and comprehensive counselling services provided at the Community Resource Centre by professional counsellors focus on a collaborative approach by working with individuals, families and groups.
Other extension services provided to the community members include distribution of mosquito nets during epidemics, vitamins to address nutritional deficiencies and deworming tablets.
Sanitation and Hygiene
Ability Aids implements people centred and community led programs to enhance sanitation and hygiene. AAII facilitates the construction of toilets for the most socio economically backward members of the community. Additionally, Ability Aids encourages households to make informed decisions about their sanitation and hygiene behaviour that can positively impact their health, education, productivity and dignity. This is done through street plays, participatory discussions and awareness sessions. Training in good hygiene practices is imparted to the community by officials from the government health departments.
Digital and adult literacy programs
Digital and adult literacy programs are regularly carried out by Ability Aids. In collaboration with government schemes, these programs are helping many women complete their formal education, secure jobs and avail government services.
Many of the women from the community have been able to build the required digital skills to actively benefit from Information, Communication and Technology driven services. This, along with adult literacy programs, has contributed enormously in building their confidence and self-worth.
Public awareness programs
In partnership with various government and semi government agencies, regular awareness sessions on issues impacting the community are conducted. At least once a month Focussed Group Discussions are carried out for the women members of the community. Women’s health issues, women and environment, perils of alcohol and substance abuse, violence against women, gender rights and adolescent issues are some of the topics on which FGDs are carried out. These discussions are of tremendous help to women to push boundaries to question, and even defy, age old norms and practices.
Community Infrastructure Development
At Ability Aids, we strongly believe that establishing community level infrastructure can play an important role in supporting individuals, families, groups and communities to meet their social needs, maximise their potential for human development and enhance community wellbeing.
Ability Aids addresses the most basic civic and housing infrastructure needs of the poorest segments of the community by constructing homes and addressing a range of housing needs like fixing of doors and windows, construction of roofs, walls etc.
Other community infrastructure initiatives like construction of shops have helped SHG members carry out their economic activities.
A community library which houses a variety of books, newspapers and latest periodicals and is aimed at encouraging the reading habits of the young and old is functioning at the Community Resource Center in Aryanad.
Rainwater harvesting systems
Aryanad has low groundwater potential and lacks access to clean water bodies. Ability Aids is implementing short term as well as long term rainwater harvesting systems in the community. The short term system includes construction of ferro cement tanks with a holding capacity of 5000 litres where rainwater collected from roofs of buildings is diverted to the tank. The long term system includes construction of wells, recharging of existing wells and building recharge pits. All of this has helped conserve rainwater, replenish the underground water table and provide families with greater accessibility to clean drinking water.