Organic fruits and vegetables have acquired a lot of attention and importance in the past few years. We too realize the importance of organic food; hence we came up with a plan of setting up a vegetable garden. After a period of one year we have beautiful vegetable garden with variety of vegetables and fruits growing in the same.
Positive signs were visible on the health of the children because of the intake of vegetables and fruits from their very own garden,. They have gained weight and the sickness rate has dropped down. The CD4 count has increased and stable for the past few months.
Because of the vegetable garden children are getting to eat fresh vegetables and fruits, they are also getting an opportunity to work in the garden which makes them stay close to the nature. They have become more caring and want to water and maintain the garden. They like to spend time plucking the ready to harvest vegetables and fruits and this brings immense joy on their faces. They have also developed a liking for those vegetables that they would not eat earlier.
As mentioned in the title, "Diet cures more than Doctor"stands very true in the case of our children who are infected with HIV/AIDS. Proper balanced diet of organic vegetables, fruits and non-vegetarian food has helped immensely to the children and they are more happy and healthy.
Bhuvaneshwari HIV + is 16 and has aspirations of becoming a Chartered Accountant and why not… She has worked hard. She scored 420 out of 500 marks in her tenth Board exams conducted in March 2016. She has taken admission for Business Math’s the field that will take her to her dream job. It’s a long way to go but her confidence and her zeal is commendable. Being an Orphan is painful but this didn’t deter her or weaken her in any away. She was 7 when she came to the Orphanage. Soft by nature, mingled with everyone. She has a caring attitude and took good care of her little fellow residents. Her health is quiet normal with a desired CD4 count.
We take this opportunity to thank all the donors and well wishers who extend continuous support to HOPE foundation in taking care of the residents of the Orphanage in providing them all the much needed things to live and grow. We would also like share the credit of Bhuvaneshwari’s achievement with one all and encourage all to help us fulfill the dreams of the residents of our Orphanage for them to become confident and respectable citizens of the country .
Education plays a major role in the life of any individual however constant sickness and ill health can take a toll on life. However at our orphanage, we take measures to ensure the girls go to school reguraly and desire they minimu qualify Xth or XIIth grade. This year three girls are preparing for Xth and one girl is preparing for her XIIth exam. Both are external board examinations and conducted by the government. To ensure these girls pass this exam, a maths tutor was appointed and within a span of three months the girls showed a remarkable progress. Aiswarya, who is quiet weak in her studies passed in maths, science, and English. All the four performed well in the last two revision test conducted by the school.
In spite of going through emotional disturbance and health issues, the girls are quiet focused in their studies look confident. They say, the coaching and hand holding has been very helpful to them.The tutor appointed not only focused on Xth and XIIth girls but also the other girls of the orphanage who to to school.
We take this opportunity to thank all our donors who zealously support us in our mission of transforming lives of children affected and infected by Hiv/Aids.
Immune system does a remarkable job of defending ourselves against disease-causing microorganisms and one has to continuously make efforts to keep the immune system in good condition and immunity levels high.
With the HIV + children, the immune system is not as good as those having normal health. Continuous efforts are made to ensure the immune system of children living in our care at Arias Home, is maintained to a desired level. Consumption of ART drugs has deteriorated their immune system.
Efforts are made to ensure children get to eat organic vegetables and foods. To support our efforts we set up a vegetable garden on 15000 sq. ft. area in Arias Home and scattered seeds of 5 leafy vegetables about a month back in a patch of 400 sq ft. area. Beautiful green leafy vegetable grew. It was so exciting to see the leafy vegetables and equally excited were the children as they had contributed in maintaining the vegetable garden.
The first harvest of green leafy vegetables was close to 75 bundles. We were able to grow organic vegetables and fruits for the children which will definitely help in boosting their immune system.
Wellbeing and Wellness of the children at Arias Home is our top priority and we make all possible efforts to ensure children are happy and contented; however there is always a challenge to maintain a proper balance between the 5 core needs of the children. For example a younger child’s physical needs may take priority over mental, spiritual, emotional or material need whereas for elder children it is different. Also the needs of growing boys are quite different from that of growing girls hence the organisation took a decision to run a single sex or one gender home instead of mix gender and in the month of June 2015 Arias Home was converted into ALL GIRLS HOME to serve them better.
All the boys were transferred to other home in Chennai, which provides care and shelter for boys infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. That NGO is also experienced in rehabilitating the boys after the age of 18 when they can no more stay in the orphanage by providing them training on different vocational trades that fetch them jobs and they are able to stand on their feet and which we are not in a position to do right now.
Currently we have 11 girls in the home and taking care of only girls has lightened the work load of the staff and now they are able to justice with every child and in bargain are able to meet the ultimate goal of Wellbeing and Wellness for the girls at Arias Home.
We request all your support and help and encouragement in serving the girls better and develop them to a level where they are self-dependent and happy with life.
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