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Sneha Care Home

Country: India
Location: Bengaluru, Karnataka state
Beneficiaries: HIV-positive orphans

Nature of the project

Hospitality, Education and Social Care

The Project

The project is part of the programs initiated by the NGO Sneha Indian Charitable Trust, which for 15 years develops programs and projects in favor of people living with HIV-AIDS. Many organizations provide excellent services related to the immediate needs of children, but the long-term needs, such as personality development, basic education, the family and the integration in the community, in many cases, are not taken into account. The issues related to HIV, especially in the field of children, continue to remain unresolved. Therefore, the development of a new model, as Sneha Care Home, followed by a holistic approach by looking at the past, the present and the future of the child, it is of vital importance. Among the orphans, the school absenteeism is very frequent. The vagrancy, often not resulting from a free choice but due to circumstances, exposes them further and makes them more vulnerable to HIV infection. The schools play a vital role in protecting children because they enhance safety of the young people and provide the knowledge necessary to act in prevention of the disease. The main objective of Sneha Care Home is to accompany children in their growth and encourage school attendance, so that at the end of their studies children are able to take care of themselves.

The Context

India with a population of 1,166 millions is the second most populous country in the world and accounts for 17% of world population. Although the Indian economy has grown steadily over the past two decades, its growth has been uneven and unequal between different social groups, economic groups, and geographic regions, also between rural and urban areas. In 2009, 10% of the population owned more than 31.1% of the wealth and 28.6% of the population were below the poverty line identified by the national government with only $ 0.40 per day. The proportion of people living on less than $ 1.25 a day is 41.6%. 79% of the population living in rural areas has no access to adequate sanitation. The precarious conditions of people living below the poverty line are intimately linked to their state of health and unhealthiness of the places where they live. Children are among the most vulnerable and most at risk of death and disease that treatable with simple medications. UNICEF estimates that in India, there are 25 million orphans. The high number of children without parents is due to a serious social problem. In fact, the orphans have less chance of access to schools and medical care.

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