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Targeted Intervention (IDU) Project


Shantidoot is implementing the Project since 2002 – 03.

From Feb. 2003 to 30th June 2008 (under NACP Phase), it was implemented among a composite target group – truckers, female sex workers and MSMs.

From 1st July 2008 onwards it is being implemented among IDUs (Injecting Drug Users)



Prevention & management of HIV/AIDS among IDUs, their family and immediate community members.



      • 1. Behaviour Change Communication – to change drug injecting behaviour/practices of IDUs. One-to-one and one-to-group sessions with IDUs related to HIV/AIDS are done. Group discussion (GD) and Focus Group Discussion (FGD) and under BCC. 


      • 2. Drop-in-Centre (DIC) - A Drop-in Centre is established under the project where free counseling, needle/syringe, condoms and referrals for abscess and STD treatment/management are done. It also provides a platform to IDUs for entertainment,  share their experiences and spend some time away from drug injecting environment.  DIC also refers IDUs to ICTC, TB-DOTS centre, drug de-addiction centres, ART centres, etc.


      3. Needle/Syringe Exchange Programme – IDUs are given free needle and syringes, as per their requirement, so that they do not indulge in needle/syringe sharing practice (a habit potentially dangerous for HIV/AIDS). It also includes recollection of used needle/syringes from IDUs.  


      4. Abscess prevention and management – This is done through counselling at DIC and services by trained network doctors of the project. Certain supportive/preventive items such as cotton, ointments, disinfectants, bandages, etc. are given to IDUs for prevention of abscess.


      5. Condom Promotion – BSACS provides condoms for free distribution to inculcate regular condom use habit among IDUs and their sex partners. This is done to prevent HIV transmission through sex relations. It also includes demonstration of proper condom use and disposal practices by Peer Educators and Out-reach Workers of the project during 1:1/ 1: Group sessions, health camps, etc. Social marketing of condoms are also done.


      • 6. STD management – Sexually transmitted diseases among target community members (IDUs) and their sex partners are managed through counselling by the counsellor in DIC and free treatment of STD by trained network doctors of the project. BSACS provides STD drug/medicine kits for free distribution among project clients suffering from STDs.        


      7. PLHA support – People living with HIV/AIDS in the project area are supported through various methods. While the project provides them counselling & material support, the organization makes effort to help them and their family members through its other projects or linking them with government welfare schemes.


      • 8. Building Enabling Environment – Social and community intervention activities are conducted for awareness generation and smooth implementation of project activities. Community meetings, health camps, advocacy & networking with doctors, RMPs, local health service providers, police, pharmacists, etc.; development & distribution of IEC material, like pamphlets, booklets, sticker, etc. are done. Certain activities on World AIDS Day, Drug De-addiction Day, etc are also done for community level information dissemination and awareness generation.


Support to Related Programmes/Activities – The Project Team/Organization actively participates in and supports programmes on issues related to HIV/AIDS, planned or organized by BSACS or other agencies/health projects like District Health Society, drug de-addiction centres, etc. Such programmes include blood donation camps, HIV testing through mobile clinics, activities for community awareness on HIV/AIDS, adolescent health awareness on HIV/AIDS, etc. 

Beneficiaries: IDUs (Injecting Drug Users), their family and community members.


Area served: Nalanda District (Bihar)


The Team: Project Manager, Counsellor, two Outreach Workers (ORWs), eight Peer Educators (PEs) and an Accountant supported by network Doctors.


Supporting Agency: Bihar State AIDS Control Society, Patna; under National AIDS Control Programme (NACP) Phase III.




Special School for SC Girl Children


Shantidoot is running the school since 1997.



  • Non-formal, basic education to SC girl children (6 – 14 yrs).
  • Mainstreaming child labours into regular education system.


  • Awareness generation in the community, especially among SCs regarding literacy/education of girl children.



  • Awareness generation and mobilization of SC community, especially for education of girl children.
  • Non-formal basic education, exclusively to SC girl children (between 6 to 14 years).


  • Provision of motivational incentives - free study materials and free mid-day meal.
  • Organization of school-based and community-based motivation activities.


  • Linkage with nearby govt./non-govt. schools for mainstreaming of students of the school.
  • Advocacy with local administration and district education department.


Beneficiaries: SC girl children and the community.


Area served: Mamurabad Panchayat in Nalanda District (Bihar).


The Team: Headmaster, four Teachers, one Assistant and one Cook/Helper.


Supporting Agency: Own Source (Previously by OMAXE Foundation, New Delhi)


School Location: Mehandinagar, Noorsarai Block, Nalanda District 





Support for Education/Literacy Programmes


Improvement of literacy status and education is one of the most important focus areas of Shantidoot since inception.
Apart from running schools for basic/primary education to disadvantaged sections of society, the organization conducts and actively participates in programmes/activities for promoting literacy status.


  • Support in ‘Sakshar Bharat’ programme – National Literacy Mission Authority (NLMA) under Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt. of India. on 8th September 2009 launched an ambitious programme to impart literacy to over six lakh adult females in low female literacy districts of the country.


The organization actively participates in Sakshar Bharat programmes/activities – selection of trainers, training of trainers, formation of monitoring committees at various levels, support in selection of committee members, awareness & publicity of the programme in rural areas, etc.


  • Literacy Centre for Physically Challenged children – The organization runs bridge education course, especially for physically challenged children, to provide equal opportunity for education.


Centres are run for three months in rural areas where discrimination against such children is more prevalent. Children are identified during survey for distribution of aids & equipments to disabled persons. Trainers especially trained for teaching disabled children are engaged on assignment basis. Children are also provided with free study materials. After completion of basic education/literacy course the organization helps them in getting enrolled in regular schools of their choice. 


  • Evaluation of literacy projects – The organization also conducts evaluation of literacy projects/activities. Such evaluation exercises are conducted mainly on request of other (grassroots level) organizations implementing projects.

Such evaluations are normally conducted for non-formal education/literacy centres, literacy camps, adult education centres, etc. The organization has at its disposal experienced personals and professionals to conduct the evaluation.


  • Research Studies on Literacy/Education – The organization also conducts different kinds of studies to help in developing concepts, planning, implementing or modifying education/literacy promoting projects.


The organization conducts studies on its own or on request of other organization. Professionals supported by field level functionaries experienced in education/literacy projects or activities conduct such studies. The organization has conducted studies on school dropout cases in Muslim weavers’ families, impact study of non-formal education centres, study on literacy awareness programme in SC community, etc.  


  • Literacy-linked Vocational Courses – Shantidoot is the Parent Body of Jan Shikshan Sansthan (JSS) Nalanda. It is a scheme of Min. of HRD, GOI for 15 – 35 year old non-literate/neo-literates.
Vocational courses organized by the Sansthan are literacy-linked in which apart from skill development training literacy classes are organized for trainees. Teaching material for such courses are developed by the Sansthan and also purchased from SRCs. Help from ‘Primers’ developed by SRCs are also taken to impart literacy classes to JSS trainees.






1. To form an egalitarian society where every individual cynosure of poor, oppressed and under privileged get proper opportunity to utilize their inherent productive potential in shaping a developed society.


2. To promote creation of a safe and secure environment for the future generation through attitudinal and behavioral change for sustainable development.


3. To organize and build the capacity of unprivileged and downtrodden section so as to empower them as a civil society body.


4. To promote the cause of National integrity and unity with peace, harmony and justice.



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