Children whose parents are living with HIV/AIDS have reduced household income combined with increased expenses , which push the families into poverty consequently having less outcomes for children in terms of nutrition , education and health status.
Because of Nutritional support to the targeted group in the region, enabling environment by the way of increasing CD4 count and best immunity power are ensured to such children. Due to change in physical and psychological recovery, children’s schooling is very comfort by avoiding dropouts. Care and Support of care givers i.e might be parents or Grandparents, is well tuned up with motivation boost up.
True Story :
Deepika (name changed) is 11 years old and studying 6th standard , her family resides in the Adi Dravidar colony. Her father after becoming infected with HIV/AIDS and has been undergoing the Anti Retro Viral Therapy for the last few years. She too is under ART regimen for the last one year. Deepika belongs to the community of Schedule caste which is considered the lowest and untouchables in the Hindu caste hierarchy.
The exclusion of the community and individuals belonging the considered to be low is not very rigid in the urban centres. But in the rural belts like the region where Deepika’s family reside, the rigidity on caste system is still very much prevalent. When already being forced to be in a socially excluded life deprived of many rights, living with HIV/AIDS is terribly added burden.
Under the circumstances, the help that is being provided to Deepika is considered as a Panacea by her parents. Hence they say they will be able to bring up Deepika as a healthy girl with the nutritional supplements regularly provided with the support of donors, even if they find it feed her for days due to unemployment. They thank the donors and GlobalGiving for the same.
True Story :
Sophia (name changed)is studying Grade XII in Government Hr. Sec. School, Paithamparai. Her father had contracted the infection when he was working as a daily wage labourer in bore well excavation work, passing the infection to his wife also. Both of them are regular with the consumption of the ART medicines from the day they are aware of the infection. Due to this cause, he was removed from his job, and currently he is working as a farm labourer together with his wife and rears cattle when there are failed monsoons. However this income was insufficient to support a family of five. Situations have worsened as the infection they acquired is messing up their health condition day by day. They are unable to go for work on a continuous scale.
However the income they earned was insufficient to feed and educate their children. They were unable to provide them with healthy and nutritious food. They live in a hut and avail the rations that are provided by the Govt. at cheaper rates. Sophia has two sisters studying Grade V and studying Grade X in Panchayat Union Middle.
“Now with the help of this support, I’m glad to see them consuming nutritious food for the entire month”, remarks Ms. Rani (name changed).