December month, being Christmas, the adolescents meeting was organised as a get-together at Tiruchengode, Namakkal district. This event included the younger children living with HIV and their care takers. This is to encourage support and motivation among both young people and the smaller children towards wellbeing. But here the children and adolescents were given opportunities to exhibit their skills and entertain the care takers who have been providing care for the children.
Among the care takers, most of them were represented by grand-parents and widows and this gave them an opportunity to understand the skills among the children they provide care
For me, in this meeting when I got along with friends in my support group to dance ,I felt very different. I was more surprised to get appreciation of my dance ,especially from my grandmother-said an orphan child about the programme
It was a bonding of a big brothers and sisters, it was really good and even motivated me that if I am correct on my treatment, I would definitely be healthy too-said a younger child living with HIV
This was truly different for me, as this is the first time, where we had opportunities of us and children together and especially children presenting their talents.i was amazed at my child as she is basically a shy child, but was amazed at the dialogues she said during the stage drama.- care taker of a HIV positive child.
Around 50 children and 30 caretakers participated in this get together, 5 families from the general community also participated and encouraged the children and caretakers to live life positively.
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