HIV AND 
    AIDS


    SUBSTANCE 
    ABUSE

    SEXUAL AND 
    REPRODUCTIVE 
    HEALTH
    Human Touch enjoys Special Consultative Status with 
    Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), United Nations.

    About Us

    WHO ARE WE

    Human Touch is a registered youth- led non-profit organization based in Goa.  We enjoy a Special Consultative Status with Economic and Social Council of United Nations. 

    Human Touch informs, inspires and engages youth in development, so that they get involved and take action to improve their local communities and change the world.

    We engage youth to address HIV, sexual and reproductive health and substance abuse in Goa. We believe in volunteerism and are fully driven by young volunteers. 

    We are passionate about sustainable development, the realization of the sustainable development goals (SDGs) and promotion of a culture of peace and universal human rights for all.


    WHY ARE WE DIFFERENT 

    Youth Participation - Involvement in the process of identifying needs, exploring solutions, making decisions and planning action within communities and organizations that seek to support civil society. 

    It is young people's right to be involved and have their voice heard in decisions that will impact on them. This right is enshrined in the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child, article 12; 

    Participation of all citizens is essential to a healthy democratic society. This obviously includes the participation of young people. 

    By involving young people in the planning and management, services can remain relevant and effective as they are based on young people's reality as opposed to a professional's perceptions.

    About Us

    WHO ARE WE

    Human Touch is a registered youth- led non-profit organization based in Goa.  We enjoy a Special Consultative Status with Economic and Social Council of United Nations. 

    Human Touch informs, inspires and engages youth in development, so that they get involved and take action to improve their local communities and change the world.

    We engage youth to address HIV, sexual and reproductive health and substance abuse in Goa. We believe in volunteerism and are fully driven by young volunteers. 

    We are passionate about sustainable development, the realization of the sustainable development goals (SDGs) and promotion of a culture of peace and universal human rights for all.


    WHY ARE WE DIFFERENT 

    Youth Participation - Involvement in the process of identifying needs, exploring solutions, making decisions and planning action within communities and organizations that seek to support civil society. 

    It is young people's right to be involved and have their voice heard in decisions that will impact on them. This right is enshrined in the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child, article 12; 

    Participation of all citizens is essential to a healthy democratic society. This obviously includes the participation of young people. 

    By involving young people in the planning and management, services can remain relevant and effective as they are based on young people's reality as opposed to a professional's perceptions.

    About Us

    WHO ARE WE

    Human Touch is a registered youth- led non-profit organization based in Goa.  We enjoy a Special Consultative Status with Economic and Social Council of United Nations. 

    Human Touch informs, inspires and engages youth in development, so that they get involved and take action to improve their local communities and change the world.

    We engage youth to address HIV, sexual and reproductive health and substance abuse in Goa. We believe in volunteerism and are fully driven by young volunteers. 

    We are passionate about sustainable development, the realization of the sustainable development goals (SDGs) and promotion of a culture of peace and universal human rights for all.


    WHY ARE WE DIFFERENT 

    Youth Participation - Involvement in the process of identifying needs, exploring solutions, making decisions and planning action within communities and organizations that seek to support civil society. 

    It is young people's right to be involved and have their voice heard in decisions that will impact on them. This right is enshrined in the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child, article 12; 

    Participation of all citizens is essential to a healthy democratic society. This obviously includes the participation of young people. 

    By involving young people in the planning and management, services can remain relevant and effective as they are based on young people's reality as opposed to a professional's perceptions.

    In The News

    Our Impact


    We are in the process of adding more Impact Stories.

    Vision

    A society inwhich women, youth and children are empowered to live a life of equality and dignity.

    Mission

    To enhance the quality of life of women, youth and children by providing consistently available and accessible services, and to work with the community to contribute, facilitate, and promote solutions for problems and means for the enrichment of all.

    Our Story

    1. Genuine - We are sincere, trustworthy, and reliable. Operating with integrity, being ethical, and treating others with respect is at the heart of our culture.
    2. Exceptional - We are committed to creating exceptional experiences that delight our beneficiaries and communities. At Human Touch, good enough is not good enough. 
    3. Innovative - We are highly creative and strive to connect new ideas with social realities. Ideas come from everywhere in the NGO. 
    4. Involved - We are inclusive, open, and actively engaged with our beneficiaries, staff, volunteers, partners and the communities we serve. Young people are our greatest asset.

    Approach

    1. Youth Participation - Involvement in the process of identifying needs, exploring solutions, making decisions and planning activities within communities and organizations that seek to support civil society. 
    2. It is young people's right to be involved and have their voice heard in decisions that will impact on them. This right is enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, article 12;
    3. Participation of all citizens is essential to a healthy democratic society. This obviously includes the participation of young people.
    4. By involving young people in the planning and management, services can remain relevant and effective as they are based on young people's reality as opposed to a professional's perceptions.

    Our Amazing Team

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    Peter F. Borges

    Founder & CEO

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    Pooja Parab

    Secretary

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    Dashmi Mandrekar

    Treasurer

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    Santosh Badgari

    Member

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    Tushar Dessai

    Member

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    Janice Rodrigues

    Member

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    Sera Deniz

    Member

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    Sr. Crina Cardozo

    Directress, Divya Gyan Social Centre, Canacona (Member, Advisory Committee)

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    Dr. Rev. James Matarazzo

    Faculty, Theology & Religion, Oxford University (Member, Advisory Committee)

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    Sumukh Kamat

    Mechanical & Product Design, Siemens Healthineers & Co-Founder, Cycle4Cause (Member, Advisory Committee)

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    Rev. Fr. Dominic Alvares

    Chairman, Mission Commission of Pilar Society (Member, Advisory Committee)

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    Chrisanta Dias

    Head of Content, PropStory.com (Member, Advisory Committee)

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    Dr. Manoj Kurian

    Coordinator, WCC-EAA Campaign, Geneva (Member, Advisory Committee)

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    Manish Mudaliar

    Associate Director, SAATHII (Member, Advisory Committee)

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    Manish Gosalia

    Regional Coordinator, I Create India (Member, Advisory Committee)

    Certificates

    • Registration Certificate

    Our Programs

    OUR ACHIEVEMENTS (2009-2017)


    Human Touch can claim a number of achievements in tackling HIV – prevention, care and support, advocacy and planning and substance abuse. Human Touch has played a key role in all of these developments but only through the relationships with other organisations and people living with or affected by HIV. Here are some of our year wise achievements:


    2009

    Human Touch founded in 2009 by a group of young professionals and change makers.

    - Launched Youth LIFE (Youth Leadership in Fighting HIV/AIDS Epidemic) Project:  This project aimed to empower young people —especially girls to be actively involved in the development of their communities with special focus on sexual and reproductive health and HIV prevention. The project's main objective is to promote women's sexual and reproductive health rights and HIV education for young women and, more generally, to train a cadre of young "change-makers.

    * Reached over 10,000 young people from rural Nagpur (Parseoni, Saoner, Kamptee and Ramtek).

    * Trained over 253 adolescents as youth leaders to sustain the programme.

    * Formed 56 adolescent clubs to promote awareness on HIV and sexual and reproductive health rights.

    - Human Touch won MTV Staying Alive Foundation’s Staying Alive Award for Best HIV Prevention Work among Young People.

    - Human Touch conducted workshop on “Role of Religious Leaders in Addressing HIV” at Interfaith Conference at Bali, Indonesia in August 2009.

    - Two members of Human Touch attended the 9th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and Pacific held in Bali, Indonesia

    - Human Touch launched Project Youth SUPPORT which aimed to provide care and support to 242 children living with/affected by HIV/AIDS in Nagpur. The support included psychosocial support, educational support (school tuition, textbooks, stationary, uniform, transportation to school), recreational support (indoor games, sports activities, etc.), skill development and nutritional support.

    - Human Touch launched Sparsh Family Counseling Centre in collaboration with Nagpur Police. The centre aimed to provide information and counseling, assistance with behavior modification, conflict management, rehabilitation, providing mediation, legal support, etc. It dealt with cases of domestic violence marital discord, dowry harassment, property dispute, neighbourhood dispute, love affairs, rapes and molestation, etc. In 2009, out of the 103 cases registered, 80 have been resolved and 30 have been transferred to court for further action.

     

    2010

    - Human Touch partners with GOONJ on Rural Education and Hygiene Programme. Under this programme, toy library was established at 15 anganwadis in Nagpur. Distributed around 2000 napkins to young girls and women in around 12 villages and were also capacitated to manufacture napkins. Around 350 girls are trained on sexual and reproductive health in rural areas covering 12 villages in rural Nagpur.

    - Human Touch team conducted workshop on “Addressing SRH and HIV Among Young People” at International Youth Forum of World Alliance of YMCAs at Hong Kong.

    - Human Touch conducted “Emerging Entrepreneurs Workshop” for Most–At-Risk-Population (MARPs), i.e. young sex workers, young people using injecting drugs, young transgenders and young men having sex with men, in collaboration with Goa Chambers of Commerce and Industry and I Create India (Goa Chapter).

    - Human Touch conducted “Training Programme on Inclusive Education with reference to HIV” for Head of Institutions in collaboration with Goa Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and Goa State AIDS Control Society.

    - At Sparsh Family Counselling Centre, out of the 156 cases registered, 91 were compromised, 22 were referred to family court, 7 were referred to SP office, 21 to court, 6 to other police station and 8 were in progress.

    - Human Touch launched Youth VOICES - An initiative to promote human rights education among young people in school and college setting in partnership with Youth for Human Rights International, India Chapter. Nineteen workshops on human rights education were organized in in rural Nagpur reaching to over 600 students, sensitising them about human rights. An “International Walk for Human Rights” with participation of over 2000 students was organized and Human Touch was facilitated with “Participation Trophy” by Youth for Human Rights India.

     

    2011

    - Human Touch through its Founder, Peter F. Borges, was on Steering Committee representing India in BRICS to organise Mali Youth Summit, Bamako (Mali) organized by UNAIDS.

    - Human Touch through its Founder  represented at  Asia & Pacific Regional Consultation on Universal Access to HIV Prevention, Treatment, Care and Support: 'Getting to Zero’, Bangkok, by UNAIDS.

    - Human Touch contributed to Strategic Planning Meeting of Youth LEAD Project of UNFPA and 7 Sisters at Bangkok.

    - Human Touch was invited to conduct workshop at International Conference - Interfaith Response on Reducing Stigma and Discrimination against HIV and AIDS" in the Art of Living  Ashram in Bengaluru.

     

    2012

    - Human Touch launches its presence in Goa with engagement of 12 young volunteers from Goa.

    - Confederation of Indian Industry (CII - Western Region) includes Human Touch "Dossier of NGOs" for NGO-Industry Partnership and lists in 18 credible NGOs in Western India.

    - Human Touch conducts first one day camp for children living with HIV/AIDS in Goa and Nagpur, benefiting around 300 children.

     

    2013

    - Two members of Human Touch attended the 11th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and Pacific held in Bangkok, Thailand.

    - Human Touch conducted workshop on a workshop on “Empowering Youth to Counter Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking” on 26th June 2013 to mark the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking in collaboration with Fr. Agnel College, Narcotics Control Bureau, Directorate of Health Services and Positive People.

     

    2014

    - The Committee on NGOs of United Nation’s Economic and Social Council approves the application Human Touch and grants Special Consultative Status.

    - Human Touch launched “Sunburst Camp”, a five day residential camp for children living with and affected by HIV. The first camp had participation of 22 children living with HIV.

    - Human Touch produces short documentary on Sunburst Camp. It can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JC4W02xzetM

    - Human Touch launches “1st Leadership Camp” for ALHIVs (Adolescents Living with HIV). The first camp held in November had participation of 30 ALHIVs.

    - Human Touch conducts 1st Flashmob in collaboration with Fr. Agnel College of Arts and Commerce, Goa Police and Narcotics Control Bureau, Goa Zone.

    - Human Touch was “Charity Partner” to UDAAN 2014, a full day mega learning event organized as part of Joy of Giving Week.

    - Human Touch and Empower conducted “Positive Trekking” for children and adolescents living with HIV with support from Zuri White Sands Goa. 42 children participated in the trek to Valpoi.

    - National CSR Hub at Tata Institute of Social Sciences empanels Human Touch for projects under CSR initiatives of CPSEs.

     

    2015

    - Human Touch joins AIDS Momentum by Alliance India, a campaign to protect and strengthen India's HIV response.

    - Human Touch Founder joins Western Harm Reduction Network, Pune as a Board Member.

    - Human Touch conducts “Sunburst 2015 – 2nd Edition” for children and adolescents living with HIV with participation of 82 participants.  

    - Human Touch facilitated Regional Study of Youth LEAD Project on Asia Pacific Regional Study on Sexual Reproductive and Health Rights (SRHR) needs of Young Key Populations (YKP) affected and living with HIV.

    - Human Touch conducts “2nd Leadership Camp” for ALHIVs (Adolescents Living with HIV) with participation of 42 ALHIVs.

    - Human Touch leads children living with HIV to Hon. Governor of Goa, Smt. Mridula Sinha, to mark World AIDS Day. A list of demands was presented by the children to the Honourable Governor.

    - Human Touch awarded Platinum Seal for Public Accountability and Transparency by Guidestar India at World CSR Congress at Mumbai.

    - Human Touch was  certified under Basic Norms by Credibility Alliance, New Delhi


    2016

    - Three members from Human Touch attended the 12th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and Pacific from 10-15th March 2015 at Dhaka, Bangladesh, supported by UNAIDS.

    - Human Touch launches “Aftercare Program” for providing aftercare services to orphans living with HIV. Five orphans were provided with full residential facility with all living cost and other educational support.

    - Human Touch conducts 2nd Flashmob in collaboration with Fr. Agnel College of Arts and Commerce, Goa Police and Narcotics Control Bureau, Goa Zone.

    - Human Touch conducts "Sunburst 2015 – 3rd Edition" for children and adolescents living with HIV with participation of 94 participants.

    - Human Touch team of six people, sponsored by UNAIDS and International AIDS Society attended the 21st International AIDS Conference held in Durban, South Africa from 16-22nd July 2016. The team performed a thematic dance on Be the Change: Addressing Stigma and Discrimination Among Adolescents Living with HIV in the Global Village of the conference. A skill building workshop "Space for Adolescents" was also conducted at the Pre Interfaith Conference.

    - Our member, Ashwini S. Naik was selected by International AIDS Society as Youth Ambassador for AIDS 2016. She was honoured by Prince Harry

    - Human Touch conducts "2nd Leadership Camp" for ALHIVs (Adolescents Living with HIV) with participation of 36 ALHIVs.

    - Human Touch facilitates “Kallzantlean Ulo”, an advocacy initiative to highlights issues of adolescents living with HIV before the State Government, to mark World AIDS Day. The event was attended by 73 ALHIVs who presented their issues before Hon. Health Minister of Goa and Director, Goa State AIDS Control Society.

    A well-researched memorandum was presented to the Health Minister of Goa on the needs of children and adolescents living with HIV to mark World AIDS Day 2016

    - Cyclist enthusiasts, Slopes and Bends, led by Sumukh Kamat undertook Krishnapur Mountain Biking Challenge for promoting work of Human Touch.

    - Human Touch launches Social Protection Fund. Provided monthly support for two families affected by HIV.

     

    2017

    - Human Touch conducts "Sunburst 2015 – 3rd Edition" for children and adolescents living with HIV with participation of 94 participants.

    - Human Touch extends "Aftercare Program" for providing aftercare services to orphans living with HIV. Two orphan girls were included in the program.  

    - Human Touch conducts 3rd Flashmob in collaboration with Fr. Agnel Higher Secondary School, Goa Police and Narcotics Control Bureau, Goa Zone.

    - Human Touch launches Social Protection Program. Starts profiling children and adolescents living with HIV in Goa and initiates process for Aadhar Enrolment, PAN Card, Opening of Bank Accounts and Enrolment for Dayanand Social Security Scheme.

    - Human Touch is granted membership of Youth PACT, an initiative of International Planned Parenthood Federation,  the Global Network of Young People Living with HIV (Y+), Youth LEAD, Youth Voices Count and UNAIDS. Our volunteer, Venancio Rodrigues will be the focal point for Human Touch.

    ‘Giving pays highest interest rate, and has the longest term, of any investment available.’ Jeffrey Wilson 

    Want to help? 
    We need you! 
    We are young people in Goa. 
    We invite change, we call for change, we are part of the change. 
    Will you listen to us and take action with us?
     
    Volunteers have always been an integral part of the Human Touch journey. In fact, we have over 50 youth volunteers who have been part of us since our inception. At Human Touch, we welcome dedicated volunteers with various backgrounds, talents, and skill levels to help us. 

    We regularly assess the needs of our organisation to identify meaningful opportunities for volunteers to get involved and play a productive role in our organisation. Much like mentoring, volunteering is a journey… to maximize impact to Human Touch and personal growth for the volunteer, a sustained engagement over a significant period of time is key. So hop on board… help to connect more youth and create an impact in their lives. 

    Please contact us to register your interest in volunteer opportunities with Human Touch on getintouch@humantouch.ngo giving us an insight into your profile, objectives and skill set. 

    Our aim is to match you with the most appropriate opportunity. Our needs are often specific based on current events, ongoing projects, and levels of ground support, but we’ll do our best to accommodate your request.