AIDS/HIV, Operation Shanti

A home for street children of Mysore

I stepped off the bus in Mysore to find myself standing in front of a line of extremely bright, green, wealthy houses along the streets which juxtaposed the extreme poverty that one finds on every street corner of the city. Kids were begging, few were elder siblings taking care of their younger brothers/sisters – it…

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AIDS/HIV, Positive Women Network of Rajasthan, Rajasthan

Securing the future of children who have been discriminated against since birth – children with HIV/AIDS

My visit to the Jaipur-based Positive Women’s Network of Rajasthan started at home for orphaned boys. Located in a surprisingly quiet neighbourhood, it stands right next to their second care home, which is the one for girl children. Currently, 35 children (25 boys and 10 girls) between 4-18 years stay at these homes. A majority…

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AIDS/HIV, Pune, Swadhar IDWC (Institute for Development of Women & Children), Women's Rights

Teaching women to become independent in spirit, in thought, in action and have full control over their lives

It was going to be my first visit to Budhwar Peth, Pune’s famous red-light area, and I was both nervous and excited. While safety concerns were making me a little nervous, I was excited at the prospect of finally visiting this oh-so-talked-about area. The Pune-based NGO Swadhar IDWC (Institute for Development of Women & Children)’s…

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