EMPOWERING WOMEN

Shelter | Education | Livelihood

Three decades ago, Aarti for Girls began as a shelter known as Aarti Home for abandoned children. With over 6,000 children passing through its doors, Aarti Home has become a haven for children who have suffered abuse, trafficking, and abandonment. Through our efforts, we quickly learned that 90% of India’s abandoned children are girls.

As our home grew, we soon realized that behind every abandoned girl was a mother who was unable to protect her child. Over time, our mission has broadened to address the underlying gender discrimination and violence affecting both women and girls.

At its core, Aarti fosters and supports abandoned girls in Kadapa by providing them with a home and opportunity. Simultaneously, we work to educate and empower women in the larger community through training and advocacy programs. We aim to help women achieve economic and emotional independence, gain confidence, and understand their personal rights.

LEARN MORE ABOUT AARTI IN BBC'S DOCUMENTARY: INDIA'S MISSING GIRLS

Impact at a Glance

6000+ children have been in Aarti's care

650 students currently enrolled at Aarti School

50,000+ women trained through livelihood programs

117 mandals where Aarti advocates for girls and women

COVID-19 RELIEF EFFORTS

KADAPA (ANDHRA PRADESH) COVID-19 RELIEF EFFORTS:

As India reels under the shock of the pandemic, Indians are standing up to help themselves. But the majority of these efforts are directed at the larger metropolises of the nation. Meanwhile in the interiors, small town India continues to fight without infrastructure, without visibility, without help.

In the interiors of Andhra Pradesh, Kadapa and its neighbouring districts are hard hit by this second wave of the pandemic. Far away from any major city, with poor access to medical aid, Kadapa alone has had 62450 cumulative cases as this appeal goes out. And we are expecting the peak to hit us in 3 weeks. Currently, with 2000 patients hospitalised, our oxygen requirement is 25 Metric Tonnes (MT) and expected to go up to 40 MT. However, the current available manufacturing of medical oxygen in Kadapa is just 1.5 MT. The urgent need of the hour is to build and manufacture oxygen locally to meet, at least, part of our needs.

To bridge this gap, Aarti For Girls aims to procure 100 oxygen concentrators immediately and build & transfer a Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) Oxygen Plant of 2.5 MT capacity for the local Government Hospital, Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (www.rimskadapa.in). The Kadapa district administration has sanctioned the necessary land, permissions and utilities on a war footing and has created a separate senior team to manage the same. The proposed plant can be procured, installed and be operational in 12-16 weeks.

Stand up for India that lies beyond the headlines.

 

Why an Oxygen Plant?

This will enable the hospital to be self-reliant. Oxygen Concentrators are helpful for non-ICU patients. Critical cases require higher flow rates of Oxygen that can be handled only by cylinders. Right now, transportation of Oxygen via cylinders is a huge bottleneck that is unable to scale to meet the crisis. The plant is a medium-term and long-term solution to the hospital’s oxygen needs and is intended to meet post-pandemic medical needs as well. It can be used to support up to 100 ICU beds. 

 

ABOUT AARTI FOR GIRLS:

Three decades ago, Aarti for Girls began as a shelter known as Aarti Home for abandoned children. With over 6,000 children passing through its doors, Aarti Home has become a haven for children who have suffered abuse, trafficking, and abandonment.

At its core, Aarti fosters and supports abandoned girls in Kadapa by providing them with a home and opportunity. Simultaneously, we work to educate and empower women in the larger community through training and advocacy programs.

However in view of the current crises, we believe it is time to come together and do our part to make a difference to this forgotten corner of the nation by helping it become self-reliant in Oxygen. We are directing our resources and energy to the task of bringing Oxygen to Kadapa. And with you we can help save many lives.

 

SUPPORTED BY:

This initiative is supported by prominent alumni from premier educational institutions including the IITs, IIMs and INSEAD. It is spearheaded by Ms. Sandhya Puchalapalli, a lifelong humanitarian and tireless philanthropist. You will receive updates on how your funds are being allocated as well as progress on the mission.

 

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

The cost of the plant along with concentrators for the oxygen bank is expected to be Rupees 1.2 crore rupees or USD 160,000. Every contribution can go a long way in helping us to cross this figure at the earliest, so that we can begin producing oxygen for those who need them.

 

Vijay Foundation Trust which operates Aarti for Girls is a registered 80G charitable organisation in India. All donations are tax deductible.