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
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.



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                                          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.

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   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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Saravana Kumar
Saravana Kumar

Saravana Kumar aged 21 years is HIV +ve. He belongs to Salem District and lost his parents in 2003 due to HIV/AIDS he was just 11 then. Fortunately his younger siblings a brother and a sister didn’t fall prey to this deadly disease. His grandparents and uncles were taking care of all of them but with the time it became difficult for them to take care of Sarvanan. They felt bad but had no alternative then to find an orphanage for him. During their search they came across HOPE foundation’s orphanage and dropped him in the orphanage in the year 2005. He was 14 and studying in 9th grade but had lost interest in studies hence didn’t want to continue his education. But continuously counselling made him continue his studies and later he was given an opportunity to learn computer hardware course. He accepted the opportunity wholeheartedly and side by side he also learnt some trick of photography.

Now, Saravanan is rehabilitated in the community and staying close to the orphanage. He is working as an admin assistant and earning Rs. 3500/- as his salary. His dream is to become a great photographer.

Saravanan may not be staying in the orphanage anymore but it is not that HOPE foundation has left him all by himself. He is provided medical & emotional support and also given counselling from time to time for him to lead a smooth life.

Hope foundation’s goal is not only to provide food and shelter to the HIV affected and infected children/youth & women but also to help them get a job and earn their living for self-sustainability.


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Children living with HIV face multiple HIV-related stress including illness stigma  discrimination, disclosure of HIV status, loneliness, isolation, family conflict or uncertainty. Arias Home takes lot of care to ensure the Home Children don’t go through the same. However in spite of minute observation and care Ayyanar aged 13 was not his normal self. Couple of month’s back, all of a sudden he started losing his appetite, he started isolating himself from every one and started deteriorating in health. When checked, it came to light that his CD count had fallen down drastically. Doctors immediately asked to get him admitted in the hospital.

The staffs of the home were very worried and on asking him, he revealed that he was feeling very helpless and bleak as he could not help his mother. Being the only son, she was concerned about him but without the least knowledge kept telling him family problems which was worsening his health. He too would patiently hear to what his mother said but at the same time felt very uneasy and dreary for his state. This started making a negative impact on him and his health.

Everyone was much moved but immediately poised themselves and took necessary action of counselling him and his mother and ensuring them that they are not alone.

To sum up this is one such story of a child from amongst the many living a helpless childhood but Aynnar is fortunate to have a HOME which takes care of his physical, emotional and psychological need.

Today Ayannar is healthy and back to normal. We are very happy that timely intervene has helped not only Ayannar but also his mother to realise as to what has to be discussed with Ayannar and what not.

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Location: Chennai, Tamil Nadu - India
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Malarvili Prabhath
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