Education and shelter for the children of prisoners:

With the bread-winner of the family going to prison education of children becomes a casualty. When both the parents go to jail or when the mother goes to jail they are allowed to take children below 7 years to the prison along with them. Prisoners are counseled by FORHD regarding value of education or undesirable nature of keeping children in prison along with them. Such children are housed in the Makkala Mane run by FORHD at Mysore. At present there are 23 children. They are given food, shelter, clothing and education free of cost. It is proposed to increase the strength to 50.


Adoption of Schools in Slum:

  • During 2003-2004 and 2005 the Government primary school in Triveninagar, Bangalore was adopted for selective help. Children weaned from begging and labour were the beneficiaries of free books, uniform and footwear. To add value to the free mid-day meal programme of the Government FORHD was instrumental in providing plates and assured drinking water.
  • In July 2005 FORHD organized a camp in Beedi Workers Colony for distribution of books and stationery to the poor students of four Government schools along with identifying their health needs to mobilize community support in Kalyananagar, Mysore

Feasts & Festivals:

With the object of reintegrating prisoners into mainstream. FORHD had the lead role in organizing feasts and festivals for the inmates of prisons and delivering the message of love and concern by the informed section of the society. World Women’s Day, Gandhi Jayanthi, Christmas, New Year and Raksha Bandhan were some of the occasions.


Medical Service to the Poor & Prisoners :

  • Tele-Medicine Service: A novel initiative by FORHD was introduced for Bangalore Central Prison inmates in association with Narayana Hrudayalaya, a renowned heart care facility, whereby the jail inmates are given access to the super specialty hospital to obtain online advice.
  • FORHD in association with JSS organized camp for training Para Medical assistants to look after the aged and disabled children at SEVABHARATHI HOSPITAL in April 2004 and at SANDHYA DEEP on October 1st, 2003. in connection with the World Elders Day celebration.
  • In July 2003 FORHD brought together Mrs. Faruki Kauser, Dr. Shahin Yousuff and Mr. Firoz Abdulla and others for promoting Communal Harmony who initiated a project of offering feeship to very poor students
  • On 30.05.2003 FORHD in association with Narayana Hrudayalaya organized Heart Check up camp at Siddaganga Public School Campus, Chandra Layout, Bangalore by utilizing State of the art equipment by the Mobile Lab of Narayana Hrudayalaya. It benefited well over 200 patients who could not have afforded to get such specialize test done on their own.
  • On 29.08.2004 FORHD in association with BIRRD –Tirupathi, Andhra Pradesh organized camp for screening patients for Free-Joint Replacement Surgery for the poor people at the premises of Sri. Siddaganga Public School, Chandra Layout, Bangalore on 29th August 2004

Communal Harmony:

FORHD has carried out programmes of dialogue and reconciliation in communally sensitive towns and cities in India. FORHD's vision of spreading harmony and tolerance has gained increased relevance in the recent past.


Art for A Cause June 2003:

  • To create awareness of the need for rehabilitating prisoners and their families as a crime prevention measure the support of artists was taken under the caption ‘Art for A Cause’. Smt. Hema Malini gave a ballet performance and large number of enlightened citizens participated in it including His Excellency Governor of Karnataka and Chief Minister of Karnataka.
  • Painting Exhibition in Windsor Manor and Chitrakala Parishat in 2003: Exhibition of paintings by well over 100 artists was organized in association with Welcom Art Gallery, Windsor Manor Hotel, Chitrakala Parishath and Right Lines Art Gallery. The artists donated 50% the proceeds of their sold works to FORHD.
  • Art for a Cause 2005: ‘Art for a Cause’ organized by FORHD. It was an exhibition of paintings of eminent artists. His Excellency the Governor of Karnataka Sri. T. N. Chaturvedi inaugurated the exhibition on 7th January 2006. Mrs. Nalini Madiwale an US based artiste gave Hindustani recital. Renowned cine artiste and social worker Ms. Prema and more than 25 artists were present. The artists donated 50% the proceeds of their sold works to FORHD.

COUNSELLING:

FORHD has counseled and helped women and children in distress and helped them and their parents to secure appropriate remedy. Apart from providing guidance and advice in a number of cases some of the serious ones leading to legal action/rehabilitations are noted below:

  • Chethana W/o. Keshavamurthy of Basaveshwaranagar was continuously harassed by her husband who relieved her of all her jewels and cash and deserted her. In a case registered on her complaint help was given for expeditious completion of investigation and to fill her with courage to face the situation.
  • Radha of Subhashnagar extension, Nelamangala lived with her 2 children by selling flowers. Her husband Puttaraju who had enticed her away form her Muslim parents got her name changed to Radha deserted her threatened to kill her children if she went to court for maintenance. She is being helped by FORHD to pursue the case in court. Her son Hemanth is admitted to FORHD Home for Children at Mysore. He is completing 2nd PUC this year.
  • Mrs.Collen Samuel a social worker was cheated by her lady assistant who attempted to siphon off money from her bank account during her absence from the country. She was guided to get appropriate remedy.
  • Thimothy was involved in robbery in 2001. He had since been acquitted. Through a social service agency he was in a job as a driver in a school at Chennai. His parents were harassed by police midnight knock to verify Thimothy’s current doings. They were afraid of getting him married lest the police arrest him. FORHD appraised appropriate agencies that Thimothy was living a honorable life. His parents are relieved of the ignominy of police verification.
  • In Cox Town, Bangalore an young lady working in a call center was constantly harassed by her drunkard husband. As she could not stay with her parents who had marriageable daughters she was given help for getting protection and guidance for living independently.
  • FORHD came across R. Deepika and R. Vishal in November 2004 at Hubli. Their sole protector grand mother was seriously ill, their father had gone to jail having killed his wife. They were counseled and brought to Socare Ind Home at Bangalore in May 2005 where they are getting good education.
  • One Sharadamma wife of the prisoner Mahadevappa had gone to see her husband at the Central Prison, Bangalore in April 2005. On her way back she was kidnapped and gang raped. She was counseled by FORHD, put in a Protection Home, and liaised with authorities to do Justice to Sharadamma.

COUNSELING PRIONERS FOR KEEPING FAMILY TIES AND HELP TO GET PAROLE AND FURLOUGH

  • Prisoners who are poor and good in behaviour are being helped by FORHD to keep in touch with their families. Such prisoners are helped to get interview with family members and also to get parole and furlough. Prisoners who are very poor cannot afford to deposit Rs. 3000/- to obtain parole. FORHD has in consultation with prison department helped to provide the security amount. During 2003 4prisoners, during 2004 2prisoners during 2005 and during 2006 2prisoners received help.
  • On 9.1.2004 FORHD organized an awareness programme at the Institution of Engineers, Mysore. Eminent personalities including Sri. Thimmegowda, IAS, Dr. Vishnumurthy Dr. Mothi, Sr. Gineve and Mr. L. Revannasiddaiah etc participated. The assembled gathering discussed the need for providing venue for expression of grievances by women and rehabilitation of destitute children and children of prisoners.
  • FORHD Home for children [Makkala Mane] was inaugurated on 24.09.2004 at #1795, K Block, Udayaravi Road, Kuvempunagar, Mysore-23. His Holiness Swamiji of Sri. Adichunchanagiri Mutt, Mr. Mani AGM Canara Bank, Sri. B.S. Sial, Director General of Police and Trustees of FORHD were present.
  • FORHD in association with JSS [Jana Shikshana Sansthan] Mysore organized programme for empowerment of rural women in distress at Kuppegala, Mysore Taluk, by holding counseling sessions and Tailoring classes during June-July 2005.

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