Many children with HIV/AIDS in Nepal are subject to horrible discrimination. They are denied access to private and government schools; denied access to healthcare and when their parents die – which happens too soon because of AIDS – the children are abandoned by the community and left to die on the streets. The government provides ARV treatment, but other than that, infected individuals are left to take care of themselves.
Volunteers are welcome to come support a local grassroots organization that works for people with HIV/AIDS. Their largest project is a day and boarding school in Swoyambhu neighborhood. They also conduct vocational training courses for women with HIV/AIDS in candlemaking, basket weaving etc, and biannual awareness programs for the community on HIV/AIDS and HIV prevention, hoping to remove the stigma and discrimination associated with HIV/AIDS. The school – Punarbal Shiksya Sadan – currently has 84 children up to 5th grade, 19 of which are orphans from the far western and desperately poor districts Kailali and Accham, and who live in the school’s adjoining hostel that opened November 2009. Not all are HIV positive, roughly half of the children in the day-time school are not, because soon after the school opened three years ago the principal, Apsara Karki, realized that many other children were not attending school either because of poverty or caste, and she quickly decided to open the school’s doors for every child who does not get an education from the government. After 5th grade the school hopes to integrate the children into other schools in the area, thinking that at that age the children are big enough to understand what HIV is and not to get into fights.
Volunteers teach English during the day or help in the hostel after school hours with homework, playing and organizing sports and fieldtrips for children affected with HIV/AIDS. Pre-medical students are welcome, as well as those with no medical background. The programs needs pro-active caring individuals willing to help these unfortunate children.
Many children with HIV/AIDS in Nepal are subject to horrible discrimination. They are denied access to private and government schools; denied access to healthcare and when their parents die…
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