Educate and Empower Children Living with HIV
There were close to 200,000 new HIV infections in children between 1998 to 2015. In 2001, Naz opened a Care Home for HIV+ children when there was no other of its kind in India. Naz Care Home provides a loving and nurturing childhood with access to health, education, and a safe and stigma free environment.
Naz Care Home shelters 14 girls and 5 boys between the ages of 10 to 19 years. They are registered at the Anti-Retroviral (ART) Clinic at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and regularly go for check-ups with the doctors. All the children are going to school and the home provides additional support with tutors. The home is managed by the Care Home Coordinator who has a committed and skilled team of social worker and caregivers. The Home has a physician who visits the home regularly and treats simple infections and provides referrals as needed.
Out of the 19 children at the Care Home, 13 are in school and remaining 5 children are enrolled in vocational courses with one child too weak to be enrolled in school for now. All children are encouraged to focus on hard and soft skills that will help them live independently when they grow up. During the COVID-19 spread school classes have been disrupted thus, emphasis on quality education through tuitions is more.
The Naz Care Home relies to a large extent on individual donations as well as corporates through their CSR funding. However, those who have expressed their support for the Naz Care Home have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic themselves. Your contribution of INR 165 can provide a child’s tuition fee for a day, a contribution of INR 1200 will cover the cost for a week and INR 5000 will cover the cost for a month.