It is a great honor for us to share about Madesh and three other children Prabhu, Ajit & Ayannar of Arias home who in spite of health complications were able to clear their board exams with good marks.
Madesh passed his 12th grade exam and has enrolled in Don Bosco College for pursuing higher education in Commerce field. Rest of the three continue their education in a nearby Government higher secondary school.
Success of these four children has boosted the morale of the children in the home and every child now desires to study more to live an independent life once they grow up. Staffs of HOPE foundation continuously strive to keep their belief going in self as well as the community they live in.
The dream of living a long life is the driving force for each of the child in the home and that motivates them to take medicines on time and fight the deadly virus that has engulfed their life.
Continued support from various donors keeps HOPE foundation moving ahead in our mission of “Bringing HOPE Changing Lives” and providing all the necessary resources that will help prolong the life of the children and also help them overcome their fears of insecurity and social exclusion.
Better amenities and services provided for the residents....
THANKS to each and every one of you for "Making a Difference" in the lives of women and children of Arias Home of HOPE.
This quarter, we take this opportunity to highlight the amenities and services HOPE foundation is able to provide for the residents.
Arias Home of HOPE is a haven for the women and children infected/affected with HIV/AIDS. We have always desired to provide a separate facility for girls. Currently one facility has been divided with the partition and both boys and girls are accommodated in the same. Thanks to M/s. Engineers India Limited for helping us to construct a new, separate dorm for girls. Now after the coming of new block exclusively for the girls it has given them more privacy and comfort.
The new block is bigger and spacious than before, now they can play small indoor games, take rest, study for long hours sitting in the room and also can invite their female guardians to come and stay for a day or two.
Besides this, a provision for four extra beds is also made available in the new block for the rehabilitated women or women referred by the hospital to stay for a short period of time.
Other facilities and comforts which are provided for the residents of the Home are:
ARIAS Home of HOPE serves as a short or long stay home to meet the needs of those women and children who are infected and affected by HIV/AIDS and are abandoned by and from the society. The home provides physical, emotional and spiritual support to the residents. This home was started in July 2001 and currently there are a total no of 29 children and 4 women. Since the beginning the home has given shelter to over 300 women & children.
All the children of the home are enrolled in the school and attend the school regularly.
HOPE foundation through its CARE Program continually strives to provide all the necessary facilities to those women and children who come in the abode for shelter and also strives hard to give them an environment where they can live with dignity and grow up to be responsible citizens of the society. Along with this it also strives hard to keep the children's self-esteem and moral high to ensure they do not feel dejected and unwanted by the society.
Jayakodi finding a Home
Jayakodi is a smart and bold girl, who came to the home in the month of April 2014. She is 12 years old. She and her mother were living on the streets and would beg for living. Since she was exposed to a very unhealthy environment, she had picked up bad habits of abusing people around her when she didn't get what she wanted. Quiet often she would pick up fights with the children of the home and would abuse them. It took months for her to change herself and become friends with the other children in the home. When Jayakodi was 6, she fell very sick and was admitted in the GHTM. She was tested positive for Tuberculosis as well as HIV/AIDS. Her mother, Bhanumathi accompanied her when Jayakodi was admitted in the paediatric ward and started begging right inside the hospital campus. Seeing her do this, the counselor in the hospital counselled her and offered her the job of Sweeper on contract basis in the hospital. After getting discharged from the hospital, Jayakodi would tag along with her mother while her mother was working in the hospital. As a practice, Jayakodi would beg from those who visited the hospital. On one such occasion, Mrs. Mini, HOPE staff who has been appointed to care for the paediatric patients in the Hospital, met with her mother and counseled her and offered her help in getting Jayakodi admitted in Arias Home of HOPE. Bhanumathy decided to admit Jayakodi in ARIAS Home of HOPE where Jayakodi would live a life of dignity and security. Thus Jayakodi came to the home. She was malnourished at the time of admission but by providing nutritional meals and after a lot of care her health has become better. She has gained 5 kgs of weight and is seen getting along with the other children of the home.
Our heartfelt gratitude to all thodr donors who donate to this Program of HOPE foundation in Bringing HOPE Changing the life of not just Jayakodi's but also other women and children who live in the Home.
“Pandit Ravi Shankar Yoga Centre” is one of the renowned yoga centres in India as well as abroad and are of the belief that Yoga brings great synchronization between mind, body and soul. It is one of the oldest practices to maintain the body and mind in good shapes. Yoga brings intense calmness and stability to several minds. It is the complete panacea for all types of diseases.
As a part of their ongoing awareness building campaign, few staff of “Pandit Ravi Shankar Yoga Centre” Chennai visited Arias Home of HOPE to teach some yoga moves to the children. Before giving the children a practical demo of asanas that are important from the children’s point of view, they explained the need for doing asanas and how it helps the body mind and soul. Not only this, they also explained that a person need not have to exert force in stretching his/her body to attain any given posture but should be focused and maintain the maximum level of flexibility he/she can reach.
The staff taught simple asanas that the children could pick up easily and could be able to practise daily. It was a very helpful session for the home staff as well as the children. All the children enjoyed the sesiion and promised to practise yoga on regular basis.
HOPE foundation is always in a process of giving the best to the children inorder to help them live a healthy life.
Oviya loves dancing. Ever-smiling, the three-year-old is among the youngest residents at the Arias Home of HOPE. The other children fondly call her 'thangai' ('little sister' in Tamil).
Oviya came to live with us in August 2013, from the tuberculosis sanatorium in Tambaram, where she and her mother were being treated. Oviya’s mother had been tested positive for HIV. She died a few months before Oviya came to our Home.
Oviya was severely malnourished and suffering from multiple ailments. At age three, she was only as big as an 8-month-old baby and weighed just 14 pounds! We admitted her into the ICU, where Oviya fought her way back to health over the next fifteen days.
At the Home, everyone, even the little children, made an extra effort to help Oviya recover and settle in. Today, she stands on her own, and is learning to walk. She has started speaking a few words, but responds mainly by smiling. The tuberculosis tumors around her neck and under her arms have begun to heal, and she has gained six pounds.
Oviya’s favorite thing to do is to shake her hip slowly and dance as her face breaks into a bright smile, winning over every heart around her.
Arias Home of HOPE, located in the temple town of Acharapakkam near Chennai in Tamil Nadu, has cared for 331 abandoned women and children living with HIV and AIDS since July 2001.
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