Caring for HIV orphans: It hurts to say goodbye...Dear Prasanna we miss you!
Freedom Foundation provides residential care for 45 orphans at its 2 homes situated at Bangalore & Hyderabad. We are in December the season of Xmas with the children looking forward to a short stint of Christmas school holidays after which they will return to school to complete their final term and then once again a long summer holiday from April-June and then be promoted to their new classes. During this reporting period all the kids have been well except a few who have had some issues with their medication which has been sorted out.
However this has been a very sad time for the kids at Bangalore as they lost one of their mates to a severe brain infection. Prasanna was 19 years, had completed both his 10th std and also a vocational training in retail sales. He was also successfully employed in one of the telecom majors in Bangalore at the time of his demise. He came to us when he was just 8 years old and was in a bad condition with a major threat of loosing his eyesight to CMV infection. Our entire care team rallied around him and with much treatment & care managed to avert this threat. Then came the usual integration, getting back to school and all the ups and downs. Prasanna came out on tops of whatever life threw at him and was fondly referred to as the elder brother to all the kids and more usefully as the handy man around the home. Be it a leaking pipe or a blown fuse he was always more than eager to mend the same and rarely failed.
After taking up employment we introduced him to the concept of saving which he embraced diligently. He was in the process of saving up enough money so that he could rent out a small room and start living independently. Sufficient to say that whatever savings he had accrued has now been passed on to his younger brother for his education.
In closing we will miss you Prasanna!
Prasanna with all the kids at Bangalore
Prasanna with our youngest girl child