Realization being the Guiding Mantra, Creativity & Inclusion the Spirit
Aaina, which literally means ‚ÄòMirror‚Äô, is a voluntary organization operating in the state of Odisha, India since 1998. Persons with disabilities, children and women are the focal point of our work.Aaina has been working extensively in the state covering the rural and tribal population at one end and the professionals, administrative agencies, Govt. officials and legislators at the other end.Our work includes Community Based Rehabilitation, promoting the inclusion and rights of women & children and various other initiatives.
VISION: To see a world of identity, dignity and equal opportunities for underprivileged people, especially women, children and persons with disabilities, adopting a creative approach and needs based strategies.
IT IS WORKING WITH NEARLY 5000 PEOPLE AND CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES IN ODISHA.
1. Aaina received a grant award from U.S. Consul Hyderabad to organised a 2 day state level convention on trafficking of women with disability. The convention was a platform for professionals from diverse back ground including Government, Legal Dept, Service Providers and Advocates to discuss onthe sensitive topic and put together theimperative steps that need to be taken.
2.aaina‚Äôs continuous success in organizing We Care Film Fest in partnership with Brotherhood has made aaina an established organization to conduct festival every year . We Care Film Festival is a travelling festival to create awareness on the issue of disability through the medium of short films. Aaina has been successful to challenge youth to rethink about disAbility and also has also acted as a platform for na√Øve local artiststo be recognized at national level. Due to the established image and expertise ofaaina, Unicef proposed aaina to partner in organizingFilm Contest on the theme of Child Violence. The contest turned out to be a major success where 27 entries were received on the issue of Child violence with sub themes of Child marriage, Child sexual abuse, Corporal punishment and child labour.Aaina has been successful in being a platform for passionate and youth to bring social change through visual media.
one of the lead organizations in coordinating the services and responses. Ganjam, aaina‚Äôs major geographic area of operation faced terrible after effects of flooding. Aaina proactively intervened to meet the rescue and relief demands keeping in mind 1999 Super cyclone. The efforts were immediate as well as in following months taking into consideration the long term needs. 3865 Households were provided immediate relief, 2167 households were provided Materials in recovery process.Sanitation Campaign was carried out in 76 villages and education Kit was provided to 1790 students.
3.Shortlisted by Dasra and NGO awards
In the 2014, was shortlisted by Dasra to be among the among the top 5 organizations nation wide for Girl Power awards. Aaina has successfully carried out activities in relation to reduce gender bias in community participation andateducational level. Aaina‚Äôs efforts were particularly appreciated by Dasra for its keen involvement in Menstrual Hygiene project for Adolescent girls and women. Aaina was also shortlisted amongst the top 10 organizations by NGO awards 2014-15 where organizations are evaluated on the basis of effective and sustainable mobilization of resources, the demonstration of efficient management of resources, good governance practices, transparency and accountability.