Orphaned Adolescents living with HIV are facing increased trauma, stigma and discrimination from relatives and community. Through this project Buds of Christ aims to care, support and empower 30 Adolescents living with HIV with a dignified and positive lifestyle. Namakkal district in India is one of the HIV high prevalent district where over 20000 people are living with HIV and availing treatment from Govt and private health settings.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
There are more than 20000 people living with HIV in Namakkal, India. After two decades of epidemic, many adults have left their children orphans due to HIV/AIDS. Adolescents living with HIV we reach, have lost either one or both parents to AIDS, and are stigmatized and discriminated as a curse to their family network and the community. Thus adolescents go through psychological stress, depression, neglected resulting in low self esteem, drop outs, non adherence to treatment and suicidal thought
How will this project solve this problem?
The project will provide psychological counseling, initiate support group meetings for adolescents living with HIV, essential life skills trainings, importance of HIV treatment and adherence and develop peer supporters and develop leaders among adolescents living with HIV. First by providing nutritional counseling and support, organize support group meetings and train them on adolescent health needs, hygiene, overcoming negative peer influences, setting goals for life and life coping skills.
Potential Long Term Impact
We will focus on 30 adolescents living with HIV (ALHIV) support them on basic health needs, continue their education, and empower them on living life positively by understanding adolescent changes, sexual and reproductive health, build self esteem, communication skills, set goals for life, practice a daily routine of healthy habits, grow up with values and good behaviours, influence peers positively. Trained ALHIV will emerge as Leaders to impact over 9000 children living with HIV in the state.
Total Funding Received to Date: $6,252
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $3,348
Total Funding Goal: $9,600