St. Jude India ChildCare Centres
Focus: Homelessness, Children and Youth, Education, Health
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IN an attempt to help young patients enjoy all aspects of childhood while undergoing treatment, St. Judes implement innovative, inclusive educational programmes so they can learn without pressure. Rather than a traditional curriculum, St. Judes try to broaden children’s horizons by introducing them to universal themes and concepts that will help develop lifelong skills, such as critical thinking and logic, and build their confidence when reintegrating into their classrooms after treatment.
GOOD nutrition is vital to ensuring a child's recovery. To meet this need, St. Judes have partnered with paediatric dietitians to find suitable supplements and food for their guest families in order to provide a more holistic support. Upon admission, each family is given a 'starter pack' of the grains, pulses, and spices needed for a balanced diet, plus weekly nutritional supplements. SJICC provide each family with a stove and utensils as well as training on how to maintain a healthy diet.
FOR many families, travel can be daunting and cost-prohibitive from the St. Judes center they reside at to the city hospital three-four times a week. St. Judes offer families transportation to and from the hospital to ensure that the children are able to attend all appointments and therapies and reduce the chance of abandonment by parents overwhelmed with their child’s diagnosis. The removal of this obstacle allows children to conserve their energy and focus on overcoming their disease.
MUSIC therapy is proven to add to the overall quality of life, help cancer patients respond to treatment, reduce pain, relieve nausea and vomiting, manage anxiety and fatigue, relax, facilitate emotional expression and provide social support. St. Judes promote the life-changing benefits of clinical music therapy and provides weekly sessions for St. Judes’ young patients. Children are able to express themselves and their emotions through the therapy and take their mind off their illness.
PARENTS whose children are admitted to St. Judes’ centres have not only left their homes to seek treatment for their child, but also left behind their livelihoods to save their child’s life. St. Judes provide psychosocial support conduct recreational and stress relief activities and facilitate group discussions and counselling sessions. They also empower parents with occupational skills, such as literacy, computer skills, automobile repair, AC and refrigerator repair and garment stitching.
I have found a home away from home at St. Judes. I used to live in a nuclear family earlier, but at St. Judes, I have found a community - a larger family, who are always ready to help my son and me.
The work [at St. Judes] is truly world-beating. You’re a one-off and I admire you hugely.
Music therapy complements [the kids’] therapy. They may be in some pain and discomfort, but when they go down to their musical therapy classes the smile on their face lights up. The kids say, ‘when we’re in class, we feel like we’re cancer-free’.
St. Judes fill a crucial gap of providing free accommodation and holistic support to children during treatment.
- Ashutosh Pednekar Chairman & Treasurer
- Manisha Parthasarathy Vice Chairman
- Usha Banerji Director
- Asha Kamble Admin. Assistant
- B. Baleeshwaramma Center Supervisor, Hyderabad
- Deepali Pankaj Center Manager, Jaipur
- Mehak D. Center Officer, New Delhi
- Sandeep Kharat Occupancy Manager, Mumbai