Healthcare to HIV/AIDS Infected Orphans

by HOPE foundation
Healthcare to HIV/AIDS Infected Orphans
Healthcare to HIV/AIDS Infected Orphans
Healthcare to HIV/AIDS Infected Orphans
Healthcare to HIV/AIDS Infected Orphans
Healthcare to HIV/AIDS Infected Orphans
Healthcare to HIV/AIDS Infected Orphans
Healthcare to HIV/AIDS Infected Orphans
Healthcare to HIV/AIDS Infected Orphans

Impact of COVID-19 has shaken the world to its core and one of the sectors that has been worst hit by the nation-wide lockdown is the education sector. Since the lockdown in India came into effect on 24th March, all the schools are shutdown, exams got postponed and in many cases, results also got delayed.

For the academic year 2019-20, 3 children from all the 3 homes wrote their 12th Board exam. Efforts were taken to ensure continuity in studies so that the students do not lose the track of their studies. Consuming medicines for HIV/AIDS can make an adverse impact on the children and undue stress can trigger complications but positive motivation and encouragement from the Home Managers helped children to be focused.

Of 3 children, 2 passed. One boy Anand has taken admission for Bsc Visual communications while the other one Gokul has taken admission for ECE branch in polytechnic. Kausalya who could not clear her exams and plans to take up a course of beautician.

We thank each one of you for all the support extended from your end, that enables HOPE foundation for providing continuous care and love by the staff irrespective of the challenges faced by them due to COVID-19 imposed lock down.  

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It’s been 90+ days since the schools have been closed due to COVID-19 pandemic.

This unexpected closure of schools posed a big question of how to engage 80+ semi orphan, orphan & children affected and infected with HIV/AIDS of the 3 homes run/supported by HOPE foundation productively and how to make them adapt to this new change.

We are pleased to present a small report on how these children are being kept engaged in a meaningful way so that they get accustomed to this new way of living.

To begin with, all children were given extensive awareness on COVID-19, how and from where this virus has come and what are the precautions they need to take to be safe.

Based on the guidelines given, children of all the 3 homes were made to wear masks and wash their hands at regular intervals or as and when required.

Balanced and nutritious food is given to the children to maintain their health standard and CD4 count as we are unable to take them for the monthly health check-up. Care is also taken to give them additional nutritional supplements so that their immune system remains strong.

During the day, different activities are being conducted to improve the skills of the children in spoken English, drawing, basic math’s and grammar with the help of videos, work sheets, quizzes etc.

Besides this, most of the children have taken up gardening and have planted greens, small shrubs and take care of it by regularly watering, cleaning and pruning them.

They spend time doing creative work from waste material which has ignited innovation and creative skills in the children.

On weekends they organize cultural programs to bring out their hidden talents of the children as well as to keep themselves entertained.  

All the 3 homes follow a timetable given by Child Welfare Committee and also keep them posted daily.

 

In conclusion, we extend our heartfelt gratitude to all those who have generously donated to HOPE foundation to continuously provide the love and care for all the 80+ children for 24*7 with the support of 24+ staff in all these three homes. We hope this patronage continues even as we continue to care for all the children in need.

 

 

Thank You!!

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Being a girl isn’t that easy. Being an orphan….there’s no telling. Mahalakshmi lost her father before she was born and when she was 10yrs., old, her mother died of HIV/AIDS. Mahalakshmi also got infected with HIV/AIDS.

Her grandparents and relatives stretched their helping hands to Mahalakshmi and her brother.

At the age of 13, she was very playful and not serious about her studies.   Irrespective of the care given by the  guardian, she couldn’t focus on building her life and discontinued her 10th std.,  studies

In 2018, her grandparents joined her in one of the homes with the hope that she would study well and learn to be obedient; but she was not happy in the home. 

Mahalakshmi met with one of our staff during her visit to Tambaram TB hospital for her monthly medical check-up and sought help for shelter and care.  She was counseled and then she was admitted to the home on 3rd October 2019. 

Even as she is awaiting to enroll herself for completing her 10th std.,  she joined 3 months tailoring course and completed the same.  

Mahalakshmi is a very happy 19-year-old girl and spent her time very productively by equipping herself with tailoring skills.  On the other hand, she is also preparing to write upcoming 10th std., exams.

Each one of your support has enabled HOPE foundation to bring hope and change lives of 75+ children like “Mahalakshmi”.

 

THANK YOU!

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Ajith in his College Uniform with his Id card
Ajith in his College Uniform with his Id card

16 years is a big span of life, but when asked Ajith who is 20 now, says “I am blessed to be a part of Arias Home, for had it not been for the home, I would not have survived till now”.

Orphaned Ajith was already infected with HIV/AIDS and rejected by his relatives when he came to Arias Home in 2003. 4 years is too small an age to really understand what’s going on in life and hence when admitted in Arias home, he accepted Arias Home as his own home and the children of the home as his brothers and sisters. When asked, he says he does not have a single memory of his past.

In the home, he grew up to be a responsible boy, caring for others. He was good in studies and after completing his 12th Std, he took admission for one-year diploma course in “Zwick Machine Operator”. He worked for a few months but was not happy. He always dreamt of becoming a Mechanical Engineer, hence he decided to continue his studies. He started preparing himself to get admitted in an Engineering college by appearing for different examinations and finally, he was successful in getting admission for a Diploma course in Mechanical Engineering from FX Polytechnic College, Tirunelveli.

Ajith is a happy boy who could achieve his dream. There are many children like Ajith who came to Arias Home at a very tender age, grew up to become young boys and girls, chose a career of their choice and have settled in the community.

All these children were able to achieve their dreams and aspirations not because of HOPE foundation alone but because of each one of you who have stood steadfastly behind us and supported us in our journey of “Brining HOPE…Changing LIVES” … You have not only been the part of their journey but the part of their successes as well.

We take this time to thank you for the support and belief that you have shown in us through your donations and request you to continue showing this belief and trust in the days to come, so that no matter what, every disadvantaged child of our orphanage gets to fulfil his/her dream and scale up in life.

Thank You So Much!!

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Bringing hope to 6 more girls…

This quarter, Arias Home of HOPE became a home for 6 more girl children who are infected/affected by HIV/AIDS. These girls were in dire need of shelter as the home they were staying was closing down and with the support of Child Welfare Committee of the Chengalpattu District, staff and children of Arias Home of HOPE embraced these girl children as their own.

As the school reopened all the 14 girls were provided with new school bags, two sets of uniforms, books, and notebooks to continue their education along with other necessary requirements. Thanks to each one of you for the support you have extended continuously to Arias Home of HOPE and your support has enabled us to bring hope and change lives 6 needier girl children.

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Location: Chennai, Tamil Nadu - India
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Malarvili Prabath
Ex. Officer Women & Children Program
Chennai, Tamil Nadu India
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