Snehagram is a residential program for adolescents infected with HIV in rural Tamil Nadu, India. It is the second phase, of the Sneha program to address the needs of HIV+ adolescents. There over 50 children, between the ages of 13 to 18 in the program. Most of these children have lost their parent(s), and normal growth and development in their homes or communities has been difficult.
The construction of the Snehagram facility commenced in September 2012. In the summer of 2013, the first class of graduates from Sneha Care Home successfully transitioned to their new home and school at Snehagram.
The focus at Snehagram is on aptitude recognition and skill development and practical integration back into their communities. Adolescents are encouraged to understand their HIV status and the responsibilities associated with being HIV infected. The life skills and personality development programs coupled with aptitude-based vocational training allows our adolescents a productive and responsible citizenship in the community.
The children are given special learning assistance for completing their secondary and higher secondary level of education under the National Open School ( NIOS) system. Under this program each child can choose a subject according to his or her aptitude and orientation for future job placement. The scholastic performance of each child is kept under close watch and necessary correctional actions are made during their schooling. The teachers will provide guidance and assistance in classroom settings.
Snehagram imparts job oriented classes and vocational. It provides the youth with skills required for them to get a job and have stable income. Some of the areas for skill training are electronics, computer programming, language and communication, customer care services, BPO, crafts and tailoring and embroidery based on their skill levels.