As an institution, AWWA is a unique organization, with a focused concern for Veer Naris and the families of serving personnel in the Indian Army. In recent times, AWWA has paid special attention to the empowerment of women by successfully upgrading the existing Vocational Training Centres (VTC’s) in many stations into Army Skill Training Centres (ASTC), under the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal VikasYojna (PMKVY). It is heartening to see the Army spouses undergoing courses at ASTC and making full use of this initiative in empowering themselves.
As we face the changing social environment, there is an upward trend in marital discord cases. Southern Command AWWA has striven to provide timely counselling, assistance and motivation to our military families, to make their marriages work. In the event of imminent separation, we have proactively initiated measures to provide earliest support & relief to these ladies. At Southern Command we have been constantly working with utmost passion and dedication towards notable improvement in our APPS and Asha Schools, focussing on providing a solid foundation & rehabilitation respectively, and towards generating viable employment opportunities for Veer Naris and families of serving soldiers, by imparting professional training and skill development through AWWA, besides making a difference in their thinking and lives. Besides this, the all round development of the girl child and her holistic care has also been a priority.
It is heartening to see the hard work done by our many institutions who have been working selflessly towards making a huge difference. To mention a few, there is ‘The ART Centre’, Pune who are working to brings smiles to infertile couples; ‘SHRAVAN’, where the staff is working hard to bring joy to many and ‘Asha School’, where the staff has been working day in & day out to bring joy to the specially abled children.
Introduction. “Asha Wishwas and Astha” has always been the guiding factor of all activities of Southern Command AWWA. The spirit of caring and sharing with hope, confidence and trust has always been the under lying guideline of our efforts to all welfare activities.
Asha School. There are ten Asha Schools in Southern Command dedicated to children with special needs. The School is dedicated to help these children overcome physical and learning challenges. “Asha,Wishwas and Astha” has always been the guiding factor of all Asha Schools of Southern Command.
ASTC. The Army Skill Training Centre (ASTC) has been registered through Army Welfare Placement Organisation (AWPO) by Directorate of Indian Army Veterans (DIAV) on 17 Mar 2017. As of now eight Army Skill Training Centers have been set up in Southern Command at Pune, Kirkee, Jodhpur, Sagour, Gwalior, Bhopal, Jhansi and Secunderabad. ASTC Ahmedabad is in the process of upgradation.
Southern Command Girls Hostel, Kirkee. In order to fulfill a long felt need, Southern Command Girls Hostel, Kirkee, (SCGH), was inaugurated by Regional President AWWA, Southern Command, on 24 August 1996.
APPS Under Southern Command. There are 73 APPS in Southern Command out of which 11 are in Pune. Basic facilities have been upgraded keeping small children in mind.
Asha Kiran.Asha Kiran an Inclusive Education facility has been established at Southern Star APPS on 01 Apr 2019. A total of 11 children are benefitting from the facility. Principals from other pre-primary schools are being encouraged to share the facilities available at Asha Kiran.
Motivational and Welfare Centre
(a) Shravan. Children who are born with hearing impairment are bound to develop significant disability in verbal communication. Hearing impaired children can be rehabilitated with appropriate hearing aids or by Cochlear Implantation surgery. At ‘Shravan’ Teachers' Awareness Workshop was organized on World Hearing Day (03 March) to sensitize the teachers dealing with children having hearing impairment.
(b) Prerna. A purely voluntary organisation, has been initiated by HQ Southern Command with an aim to provide emotional and social support to cancer patients undergoing treatment at Command Hospital (Southern Command), Pune since October 2015.
(c) ART Centre, Pune. Assisted Reproductive Technology Centre (ART), Command Hospital (SC), Pune was reinstated in 2009 with an aim to fulfill the dream of the sub fertile couples of the Armed Forces and help them achieve parenthood. It is a home of hope for the sub fertile couples.
Artificial Limb Centre (ALC) Pune. The Artificial Limb Centre was established at Poona in 1944 to provide artificial limb appliances and deliver rehabilitative care to the gallant soldiers of the Indian Army who lost their limbs in combat. There is special emphasis on use of newer material & technology efforts are made to keep pace with similar advanced centers all over the world.
Paraplegic Rehabilitation Centre (PRC), Kirkee. PRC, Kirkee has been able to achieve physical, psychological and financial rehabilitation of 100% disabled ex-servicemen in a manner comparable to world standards.
COVID -19. Covid-19 pandemic has brought everything to standstill. Most of the activities have come to a halt. Keeping with the spirit of AWWA, Southern Command did not bow down and immediately shifted to alternate means of keeping our families informed, safe and engaged.
A large number of initiatives were undertaken under the aegis of AWWA Southern Command. Some of these are:-
(a) An awareness drive for Covid-19 was undertaken online for families to keep them informed about the disease, symptom, and precautionary measures were disseminated to the families.
(b) Screening of families is carried out on a regular basis.
(c) Face Masks. Face masks are made by families in their homes and distributed to families.
(d) Education. All APS, APPS and Asha Schools immediately shifted to online mode of teaching
(e) Distribution of Food. Distribution of food was undertaken for the needy at various
AWWA Day Celebration 2020. AWWA Day 2020 was celebrated on 23rd August 2020. Due to the Covid-19 situation the AWWA Day was celebrated on a very low scale, the main emphasis was on virtual celebration. All the guidelines by Central AWWA were adhered to and activities conducted digitally.