The poor aged people who have relatives and want to stay within the family are supported by Astitva Program. This program was sponsored by Help The Aged, U.K. 1100 elderly people are enjoying the program. CSWS is always in favour of living within the family under the protection of family members. But the family members are not capable of providing monetary help. CSWS comes forward and takes new policies to support them.
Elderly people are organized through ESHGs (Elderly self help groups), They have been trained in operation of ESHGs, operating group accounts in bank, maintaining group activities. They have started income generation activities with some seed capital to be self supported. These ESHG members are supporting destitute vulnerable neighbouring elderly people out of their profit generated from income generation activities and grain bank.
All the beneficiaries are getting medical support, physiotherapy support through medical clinics run by CSWS. Advocacy programs are another activity for the destitute elderly people for availing Govt. Pension and BPL cards. Eye care is also providing to the elderly people through eye check up and cataract surgery.
Moreover, CSWS also encourages inmates of Home and ESHG members to stay active by exploiting their skill of doing something creative. CSWS inspires them to work on craft under the expertise of CSWS. It also organizes spiritual program for them at the central campus, Markandachak and in decentralized locations in the project area. This keeps older people energetic and gallant.
There are 75 ESHGs formed with the working and assisted elderly people and 6 Village Level Federations of ESHGs have been formed. With representatives from these VLFs one District Level Federation (DLF) has been formed named as Medini Elder s’ Welf ar e Associat ion.