Every monthly donation helps provide care to more HIV kids like Pinki
Pinki was born HIV+ for no fault of hers! In view of her delicate health, Snehalaya's Snehasha deputed a full-time caregiver to nurture Pinky. She nursed the baby with extraordinary motherly love for this deprived infected child at death's doors, assuring her future as a normal child, without any discrimination.
Pinky's physical, mental, emotional, psychological and spiritual needs are taken care of free-of-cost. She is in very good health now, very cheerful and loves to meet visitors. Pinki has flowered and bloomed from infancy to childhood.She speaks boldly with all visitors. Snehasha has also taken the responsibility for her education.
A little support and love is all that kids like Pinki need to grow up into confident and self-reliant adults.
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You will be sponsoring the benefits for different beneficiaries every month
What the beneficiary gets
The children of Sneha Asha are HIV positive orphans and some are semi-orphans mostly with mothers who are sex-workers. While a majority of the children are from Maharashtra, Sneha Asha's doors are always open to needy children from all over the country.
The children are well looked after and provided free food, clothing, shelter, medications, toiletries education, and extra-curricular activities facilities to ensure that they grow up in a normal environment. The children are social pariahs with nowhere to turn to for help, hope and for life itself. Snehasha is dedicated to such deprived people especially from the low-income group, regardless of their caste, creed, religion, language, region, sex, age.
In Snehasha, these children flourish and mature into a responsible citizens in spite of being orphaned or born in social stigma conditions. Donate to this program to support HIV+ children a childhood they deserve.
23 March, 2021
Corona virus is causing devastation to us all but it is posing a much more dangerous risk for people with lowered immune systems, including PLHA. Since March, we have been working to support them in many different ways, from collecting and delivering the ART medication and emergency healthcare that keeps them alive to distributing financial aid and food and hygiene kits.
Keeping the beneficiaries that live in our shelter homes and communities has been our top priority, maintaining social distancing by keeping our doors closed to outsiders even when the restrictions of India’s lockdown have eased. We have also faced the challenge of securing medical treatment for one of our orphaned teenage girl diagnosed with bone cancer in January (pictured). Thanks to doctors seeing beyond the stigma of her HIV, she recently underwent a leg amputation to remove the cancer and is now feeling much happier and healthier as a result.
All of our children enjoyed a lockdown Diwali and you can also see our Children's Day celebrations in the video below.
Finding love when you are HIV+ can be a challenge. Today is the day when we would invite PLHA to our annual matrimonial meet to find a life partner. This year we had to adapt our program and a few weeks ago prospective brides and grooms met online and we are now planning the weddings of six couples who found their match at our unique wedding ceremony on 15 December.
Every December, we mark World AIDS Week to raise awareness of the rights of PLHA, but for us every day is about breaking down the stigma and empowering PLHA to live their lives to the full. Your support is allowing us to give all our beneficiaries living with HIV/AIDS their own happily ever after.
5 August, 2020
Providing peace and happiness
Providing peace and happiness
Our children love a good celebration and look forward to all of the festivals. This year our Diwali celebrations were supported by our local Lions Club who put on a spectacular fun fair and show with Anjali Gaikwad, our local L'il Champs superstar providing the vocal entertainment. Christmas has become a firm highlight of our year with an annual visit from Father. This year we transformed one of our guest houses into a special grotto for him to greet our children and distribute the gifts they had selected and wrapped for ‘Secret Santa’ gifts to each other on Christmas Eve.Gandhi’s birthday and Republic Day are more serious affairs and were marked by speeches and dramas delivered by our children around the historic days and the importance of non-violence and independence. They are also becoming extremely good at helping create giant rangolis to mark the events and participate with full enthusiasm and patriotism.
Last year, Snehalaya celebrated 30 years of rescuing and empowering women and children. Among the celebrations was a special lunch at a local hotel which the children thoroughly enjoyed. With over half of our children being HIV+, World AIDS Week is a big event on our annual calendar and this year it provided the finale to our birthday celebrations. We asked our children to take part in drawing and essay writing competitions to help break down the stigma associated with the condition. We also re-released some of the films they have made, including Think Positive, a story of a HIV+ baby abandoned by its mother and brought to Snehalaya. The children, some of whom share similar heart-breaking histories, wrote, directed and acted in the film to share their stories and show the world that they should not discriminate against HIV. The film was shown by our supporters around the World on World AIDS Day, 1 December. As part of International Day of the Girl Child on 15 October some of our older girls took part in our Malala girls education program delivering presentations and workshop to girls in local schools to promote equality in education. This is part of an annual schedule of events which our peer mentors, girls aged 13-17 organise and manage to advocate and encourage all girls to complete their full 12 years of education. The start of the year marks final preparations for exam period and all of our children take their education very seriously. This year was the first that children from our onsite English Medium School sat the state 10 std exams and we are excited to hear how they have done in the next few weeks. We also aim to develop their skills and knowledge through extracurricular activities and highlights included exposure visits to a local Kokan experience, a local newspaper and Meherabad, a local pilgrimage site. We are extremely lucky that we don’t always have to leave home to see the world and beyond as experts visit to share their experiences with our children. In November, this included an astronomy mentoring session by a senior astrologer.
Since March, when the headlines started highlighting the devastating impact of Corona virus, we were particularly worried for all of our shelter home children whose immune systems are compromised by living in an institution, but especially for those living with HIV who are extremely vulnerable during pandemics such as this. Fortunately, we were able to take immediate action to protect and educate all of our beneficiaries about the virus and the prevention its spread. As we watched the world lock down and self-isolate we also firmly shut our doors to prevent the virus reaching our children’s shelter. With no-one going out or coming in since the end of March, we are pleased to report there have been no cases of the virus so far. We have also been able to maintain some semblance of normality reducing the stress of on our children and their caregivers by maintaining as much of our regular routine as possible. With the early closure of schools, we initially asked our own school teachers to provide a few hours of classes each day in collaboration with our staff. With the enforced isolation this was no longer possible and the task of entertaining the children has been placed on our caregivers’ shoulders. This includes morning exercise and cleaning routines, classes and scheduled activities twice a day, including creative, educational and physical activities and life skills, bearing in mind social distancing. We are also extremely grateful to volunteers who are conducting online classes for our older children. We have actually been able to have some fun and introduce new activities thanks to more downtime! We celebrated and promoted girls’ education on Malala Day with a full day of activities. We have also introduced new activities such as Lego and table tennis (three of our former beneficiaries are professional coaches who have returned home for lock down) and have been organising fashion shows, dance competitions and so much more... Thank you so much for your support during these challenging times, it’s thanks to you that our children remain happy, healthy and educated.
19 November, 2019
The happiness amidst hardships
The happiness amidst hardships
22 July, 2019
We enjoyed a great start to the year with our Republic Day celebration with all beneficiaries and staff. In February volunteers from China celebrated Chinese New Year with us by helping us make dumplings which we ate with chopsticks. Our 10th and 12th standard students faced their SSC and HSC exams and we have everything crossed for their success and are currently coaching them on their further education and career options. Around 10 of our girls are now Malala peer mentors advocating for equality in education and helped plan and lead a camp to recruit 9th standard girls from local schools to join their peer mentor network.
Story from the field
Disha is 14 and like many of our beneficiaries has been HIV positive since birth. She first came to our Snehalaya Rehabiliatation Center over 10 years ago in 2008 having been left orphaned after her parents had both died from HIV-related illnesses. Here whe receives daily ART medication and treatment from our local government hospital complemented by treatment from our own hospital. She doesn’t let her HIV status get her down and is an enthusiastic student and is doing really well in our Snehalaya English Medium School.
However, her real passion is in performing and she is always the first to volunteer for singing, acting and dancing programs. We are encouraging her in every way and she can often be found singing at our many programs and celebrations in our projects and in public programs representing Snehalaya.
Wishing to nurture her ambitions and talent we have enlisted the help of the father of the Lil Champs winner, Anjali Gaikwad, who runs classes in Ahmednagar. Disha loves attending singing lessons with the maestro and we they are really paying off as her repertoire of songs increase day-by-day. Watch this space she could just be the next singing sensation!
|What is the expected total number of beneficiaries in this program for FY18-19?||130|
|What is the number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program, Year-To-Date||145|
|Village/City/State where project is located||Ahmednagar|
|Total Budget for the project for FY18-19||5500000|
|Total Expenses for the project YTD||5519610|
23 May, 2019
Ganpati Festival is a big deal at Maharashtra, especially in Snehalaya with our beneficiaries throwing themselves into rangoli, fancy dress, cooking and art competitions. The children working in our vocational Earth Studio were busy ahead of the festival making Ganesh idols that proved so popular they sold out immediately. All of our children gathered at sunset each day of the ten-day festival as aarti was performed. The celebrations culminated in dancing followed by a fond farewell and the ritual submersion of the elephant god. In August, 4 UK teachers visited our English medium school to share their experience and knowledge with our teaching staff. They then generously fundraised to allow four of our teachers to visit them in the UK to see how they are put into practice. This has already resulted in improved classroom management and academic performance. Our talented children swept the board in several categories at a local talent competition winning Rs 11,000 in cash. We are always impressed by their confidence on the stage so weren’t surprised when they took first prizes for dance, speeches, singing and drama.
Story from the field
One of the girls taking part in our dance competitions, including the one above, is Sunita who is 11 years old and loves to sing and dance. Born with HIV, by the time she was three, both her parents failing to take their own HIV medication properly, had expired from the disease leaving her orphaned. Without the expertise or support to care for her, her maternal aunt brought her to Snehalaya where she knew she would be well cared for and given the essential medication to ensure she remained healthy. Living in a dormitory with 20 other girls also living with HIV, Sunita is popular and always participates in all the extra-curricular activities we offer. She has a beautiful voice and enjoys singing all genres from classical to pop and often opens our cultural programs with an opening welcome duet with her friend Prakshi, they both sing beautifully and with great confidence. She will not allow her HIV status to stop her and takes her studies seriously and hopes to become a police officer in the future she knows she will have as long as she maintains a healthy diet and continues to take her anti-retroviral therapy (ART) medication. Thank you for ensuring Sunita and all of our girls like her are enjoying a happy and healthy childhood with the dreams and ambitions every child should enjoy.
|What is the number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program, Year-To-Date||125|
|Village/City/State where project is located||Ahmednagar, Maharashtra|
|Total Budget for the project for FY18-19||950000|
|Total Expenses for the project YTD||650000|