In this project, SPARSHA Nepal (run by People Living with HIV and friends) aims to provide computer literacy classes and art therapy for 40 Children Living with HIV (CLHIV) from Kathmandu for 3 months. It plans to provide opportunities to CLHIV as every other child deserves. It aims to enhance their self-esteem, creativity, reduce stigma of society and provide psycho-social help, boost confidence in one's worth so they can develop ability to face competitive environment and have a secure life.
According to the National Centre for AIDS and STD Control (NCASC), 3,281 (8% of total estimate) children up to the age of 14 years that are estimated to be living with HIV in Nepal in 2013. They are facing social stigma and discrimination in everyday life whether it be school, playground, family or community. Many of them do not have proper health state which adds up to their weak psychological condition. Additionally, they do not have access to any support which might reduce their stigma.
The proposed project will provide computer training focusing on child's personal growth and also psycho-social support session based on art therapy. The skill development classes will encourage them to develop strong personality and boost their self esteem.
The project will train 40 CLHIV allowing them to rise out of stigma and discrimination they have been facing. This will provide for their secure future and independence. Even though they have HIV, they'll be able to utilize the skills effectively and contribute towards family, community as well as the country.