Wall of Life

March 6, 2014

Young people are the hope of tomorrow!

At Jeevan Sahara Kendra we are thrilled that since August 2013, our staff have facilitated two adolescent groups.  The first one was called “Character Formation” and was for young people aged 11-14.  The second group focussed on “Life Skills” and was for youth 15-20 years old.  Meeting on public holidays, the young people had 15 wonderful sessions where they explored the changes that they are going through and worked on understanding making healthy choices in their lives and relationships.

At the end of this first batch of young people, we wanted to do something special – and we did!  Thanks to our dear friends Ilaisa and Shubhra, we had an amazing time on the 27th of February 2014 when 22 young people came together to paint a “Wall of Life” outside the Jeevan Sahara Kendra.

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The work to prepare this started a month before with Ilaisa and Shubhra conceptualising the wall and getting the materials together.

We then had the basic primer and white paint applied and Ilaisa spent almost a week sketching the basic design, which the young people would paint.

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When the big day came, we had lots of happy volunteers – 22 youth showed up – and more came during the day, but we did not have enough brushes and paints for those who wanted to join later.

???????????????????????????????What a joy to see happy hands at work!   Over the course of the day, the white wall took colour as the young artists got to painting.

Our budding Leonardos (or M.F. Hussains) did not want to let go of their paint brushes.  It was with quite a lot of effort that the youth had to be persuaded to come in for lunch!

finished wall with JSK entranceThe final result is wonderful.  The entrance to the Jeevan Sahara Kendra now sports a beautiful mural called “God’s Love Express” where the cheery engine pulls 6 ‘carriages’ which each have a message of hope and life on them.

faithfulness 1Why don’t you come and see the art these young people have created for yourself?  Here is one of the panels – a carriage which shares the message of how faithfulness in marriage can prevent HIV from spreading.

ART panelWe are glad to be able to have a medium which pitches life-giving messages to passers-by.  Here is one about the fact that free Anti-Retroviral medications are available to help people with HIV live and not die…

At the end of the day – we want people to know that everyone is very special – and very valuable.  The last message is thus:god loves all

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Welcome to our ‘new’ In-Patient Centre!

June 14, 2013

Hello dear Friends!

We are happy to announce that the renovations of the Jeevan Sahara Kendra Community Care Centre have been successful and we now have a 10-bedded in-patient unit operational!

With these facilities, we are now able to give 24 hour care to people living with HIV/ AIDS who are sick and need secondary hospital care to get better.

Will you join us for a small tour of the new facilities?

We will ask our dear sister Kavita to cut the ribbon and open the door for us!ribbon cutting

Thank you Kavita!  Now we can enter…

As you come into the hall, you first see the nursing station at the end.

new corridor and nursing station

This is where our nurses are on duty – 24 hours a day – to make sure that people with HIV who are admitted at the Jeevan Sahara Kendra for treatment get better!

As we take the first door on the right we see this:

new consulting room

This is the Doctor’s consulting room, where Dr. Sheba Eicher and other experienced and caring doctors do the initial examination and diagnosis for our patients.

We are privileged to have Dr. Sheba as our Medical Director – besides her specialisation in Family Medicine has also done her Fellowship in HIV medicine from CMC Vellore and has over a decade of experience in treating people with HIV/AIDS.

The next doors open to our three wards – one for women, one for men and one for people with active tuberculosis.

new female ward

Here is the women’s ward.  We have 4 beds available for women in this ward.

In the men’s ward we have another 4 beds for men and a further 3 beds available for people with active TB in a separate ward.

At Jeevan Sahara Kendra, we have a decade of experience in loving and caring for people with HIV.   We know these new rooms are not just a beautiful facility, with windows overlooking trees even though we are in the middle of a city.  We know that they are places of healing and care – where our experienced and loving medical and nursing staff are giving hope to many who have only experienced rejection till now.

Our Jeevan Sahara Kendra Community Care Centre is designed to give short-term hospital stay (generally up to 2 weeks) to immuno-compromised patients.  We are not an ‘ashram’, but rather a ‘treatment centre’ where our team works with the patient and their family to do everything possible to address their physical, emotional and spiritual needs.

For People Living with HIV/AIDS from Thane city, we are able to follow up afterwards with home-based care.  For patients coming from other parts, we work to link them up to local caring HIV centres in their home area.

So please do not hesitate to contact us.  You can call at 022-25899248  or our mobile at 9321112065.

We are here for you!  Our head nurse sister Agnes and the whole team is waiting to serve you and your family!

new nursing station