At the outset, we wish to thank GlobalGiving for the invaluable support being extended to our intervention for the children living with HIV/AIDS. We are happy that so far the amount of US$ 515 has been raised through our platform. We take this opportunity to thank the individual donors for their kind assistance towards helping the kids living with HIV here in utmost need.
We are extremely happy to present the report on our activities. On first October, the introductory cum problem appraisal meeting was held at the SPPD head office at Musiri. A total of 20 children and 50 adults living with HIV participated in the meeting.
Out of these children, 16 of them were there with both their parents, 3of them attended meeting with their single parent mothers. and 1 child who has lost both her parents to HIV came with her grand mother. Along with them 30 more men and women living with HIV also took part. All the participants were given a mask on entering the venue.
The participants shared their problems and those who attended without their kids requested the help to be extended to their wards as well. They also said that there are more number of families with members afflicted with HIV living in their respective villages in need of help. The participants were served tea and lunch.
The participants were in particular thankful for the sumptuous meal of “Briyani” a non vegetarian delicacy. They were allowed any number of helpings they wished to have and this was an extreme delight. The recipe chicken briyani and the side dish called “Talcha” were prepared with the following ingredients.
10 kilos of fine quality rice,10 kilos of chicken meat, 4kilos of tomatoes,3 kilos of onion, green chillies, 500grams of raw mango, ginger 250grams, lime 10 Nos. and mint and coriander leaves. The cooking process undergoes three stages boiling, frying and finally a traditional style of baking.
All of them thanked SPPD & GlobalGiving for understanding their needs and this they said helped them to come out of the stigma they live with, in the villages here, where maintaining confidentiality and privacy of individuals are rare.
Similarly, the World AIDS day was celebrated on 3rd December. In this program, 15 children and 40 adults including the parents of the children. The headmaster of the school of Thinnakonam village Mr. Kumaralingam presided over the meeting. A pledge was taken by all the participants on HIV/AIDS. The sentences of the pledge emphasised on the following points.
- Creating a world without HIV
- Non discriminatory practices on HIV victims.
- Unfailing consumption of nutritious food
- No discrimination on the basis of caste, creed language etc.
- Strive to lead a life with self confidence.
Mr. Kumaralingam’s speech was well received by the participants. He also gave tips on memory retention to the children in the form of small games. And he also gave useful tips on exercises for leading peaceful and happy life for the adult participants.
It is our pleasure to tell the activities about the project, Thank you.