Healthcare to130 HIV/AIDS infected orphans-orphan

Aug 21, 2014

YOGA- A way to healthy living

“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.


May 20, 2014

"Bringing Hope..... Changing Lives......

Before coming to Arias Home
Before coming to Arias Home

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.

After 3 months in Arias Home
After 3 months in Arias Home
Feb 17, 2014

Bringing Hope ... Changing Lives....

Oviya Before & After
Oviya Before & After

Oviya a 3 year old girl was brought to the Arias home in a very devastated state. Severely malnourished, incomplete growth and suffering from multiple diseases. Lost her mother recently leaving her completely orphan.  Deepa her mother was just 26 years old who had acquired HIV/AIDs and was taking treatment along with her daughter in TB Sanatorium, Tambaram . Her husband left her few years ago. There was none to support her or to take care of Oviya and thus Deepa was forced to take up a job for living.  Deepa would leave Oviya in the house with food and water and would tie her with the rope every day so that Oviya moved in a limited space.  Oviya would pass urine and everything in the same place.  She hardly got a chance to interact with anyone as Deepa would return late from work. All this hampered the growth of Oviya, though she is 3 years old but looked like an 8 month baby, unable to talk or walk. She was physically very weak and this led to acquiring Tuberculosis.


After the death of the Deepa, Oviya's condition also deteriorated and was admitted in ICU. The hospital authorities didn't know what to do. The relatives were not ready to take her hence the hospital authorities requested HOPE foundation to take Oviya in their abode The HOPE staff took great care of Oviya in the ICU, her condition started improving and after fifteen days she was discharged from the hospital and brought to the orphanage.

All the children were so excited to see little Oviya, they welcomed her with smiling face and accepted her as their little sister.  From August 2013 she is in the home, all the necessary care is being taken and she is being treated like a little queen in the home.  She's got nobody in the world but she's got everybody in the home.


Past five months she is in the Home and has shown lot of improvement. We can see the smile, joy and peace on her face.


Now, she is holding chair and standing and even tries to walk on her own. She is also able to speak few words.  She does lot of actions like standing and shaking her hip and dancing, closing her eyes while praying and also joining herhands. She responds to others with a smile. She is also getting healed from the tuberculosis tumours around her neck and under her arms. In the month of August when she came to the home she was weighing just 6.5 kgs but now she is 9 kgs.



Nov 11, 2013

Fruitful Engagement of Children in Summer Vacation

Bringing HOPE.....                     

                                          Changing LIVES....

 Picnic to Kodaikanal...

Volunteer Mr. Rocky Braat, sponsored a three day trip to kodaikanal in the summer vacations for the children of the home. . Children had great fun. They forgot everything and enjoyed throughly, went for boating etc.They also loved the climate there as it gave them relief from scorching heat of Chennai. Children nejoyed the trip throughly and said the trip was very refreshing.

 April …… exam fever!!!

April means tension as every single child will be seen glued to his/her room and books. The scene was no different in Arias Home of HOPE.

Extra coaching was provided all through the year to ensure the children remain in the race and not get demotivated due to their physical condition and mental trauma that they are facing.

 The efforts of the 5 children who appeared for the Public Exam were paid off. All passed the Public exam (Xth Std) with flying colours and 3 out of 5 secured more than 60 % marks.

 Home…….safe home

Arias Home of HOPE is open to all those in need of love and are infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.  3 new children found solace in our Home.  2 boys and 1 girl.  Nandhakumar and Dhirisha are brother and sister  whereas  Arunchalam comes from a different family. Nandhakumar and Arunchalam are HIV +ve  where as Dhirisha is normal. Parents of these children were unable to take care of them hence had to admit them in the Arias Home of HOPE

 Polestar Day - Celebrations:

 Aspire systems an IT company celebrated Polestar day on 23rd May 2013 an event where the staff brings all the old and semi old stuff like clothes, shoes, slippers, toys etc and sell it within the employees and the amount collected is donated to an NGO. they have lots of fun on this day and thus invited HOME Children to participate in the games and activities organized for that day. 10 children attended the program and also won prizes. Children were thrilled and had real fun. All thanks to Aspire systems for making the day so memorable for these children.

 Act of Benevolence

On 27th April 2013, Helping Hands a group of likeminded people from Kalpakam, Chennai visited the HOME and spent the whole day with the children. Children performed cultural activities and in return, Helping Hands group conducted games for the children and distributed gifts to them. The group was total moved and promised to support the home in whatever possible way. To begin with, they sponsored a meal for the children and gave one month grocery to the Home. All thanks for their generosity.

 Spiritual Teaching……

Children are on a big vacation during summer, hence it is very important to keep them gainfully engaged. Activities are planned to ensure children have lots of fun as well as learn. A group of campus students from Bangalore ICC church visited the HOME and conducted some sessions on spirituality for three days this summer.  They kept the children engaged by educating them on need of God and spirituality. They conducted drawing classes, craft classes, games, devotions, biblical skits and many other activities. Children thoroughly enjoyed the activities and were very happy to spend time with these volunteers from Bangalore.

Volunteers Contributions

Laura and Sierra are sisters from US and wanted to spend time with the children and hence came to stay with them in the summer vacations. During their stay they conducted various activities kept the children engaged. They felt contended to have spent time with the children and be of some benefit to the   children.


Decathlon has been very instrumental in building an indoor play area for the Arias home children. The play area is used for multiple activities. On 5th June 2013 the Staff of Decathlon Foundation celebrated their Foundation day with the children. They conducted different sports activities and competitions within the children. Every child was full of energy and participated in the games with full enthusiasm. At the end of the day, staff as well as the children felt happy and contended to have spent time together.

On 7th June 2013 ,  Mr.  PAVAN, Head HR-Chennai,   Mr.Hariharan, Head HR  for DELL IT Plant,  Ms. Shaaz, and 20 staff from DELL Inc. visited Arias Home of HOPE. Mr.Pavan and the team was very very happy to have taken  a decision to spend time with the children of the home. They appreciated HOPE foundation staff for their dedicated service towards the HIV/AIDs infected children and women. Children entertained the guest with a short cultural program. In return DELL conducted drawing competition for the home children and selected the best drawings and distributed prizes. Children happily participated and showed their talents through their drawings. The staff had a fulfilling day and wished the children luck and prosperity in life.

Aug 8, 2013

Update on Arias Home of HOPE

   Swati, attends  Awareness Camp:

An awareness camp was organised by Kancheepuram District Aids Control Society and a resident named Swati attended the same.  She is 15 years old.  It was a 3 day program wherein they focused on how Girl children should be more careful and bold to face the day to day difficulties coming in their lives. It was very informative camp and she got various tips and insights to deal with the challenges of life. She came and shared the same with the children and encouraged them to not get shattered with the problems but face it boldly. 

  Inculcating moral values:

Children are groomed in the way as they would be groomed in their own house. The staff ensures the residents are inculcated with right values in order to be good citizens. Attitude of serving, caring, loving is nurtured in them so that they are able to overcome their grief and help others laugh.

The home has a big open ground, wherein different fruit bearing trees  like coconut, mango, guava, papaya to name a few are planted. The children take care of these trees. They water them at regular intervals and ensure they are growing well. Mango trees and Papaya trees are producing fruits also. Children are so happy to see the fruits and enjoy eating the same.

    Experiencing  Joy- in spreading Joy:

Mr. Balakumar and his team of friends from M/s. TVS Breaks India, Polambakkam village visited the home a few months back. They sponsored a special meal for the children while spending the time with them instantly a chord was struck between them and the children of the home. They wanted to do something very different which would make the children feel special.   Hence came up with a plan of celebrating every child’s birthday by providing them a new dress as a birthday gift and cutting the cake. This team has been doing this for

the past 4 months. They come and celebrate the birthday exactly on the date when it falls and encourage other children to share about the child who is celebrating his/her birthday. This has made a great impact on the life of these children to know that they are loved.

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