Our Programs > AIDS Orphan Community Care Program:
The rising prevalence of HIV among women increases the probability of children being infected with HIV and orphaned. Already more than 170,000 Indian children are infected and as many as 1.2 million Indian children have lost one or both parents to AIDS. However, the full impact of the epidemic on orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) has yet to emerge fully as those currently infected experience illness and death.
These children have special needs due to the burden of the disease and are in urgent need of proper care and support for their survival and development. The <HIV/AIDS Orphan Community Care Program> presents an opportunity for SAATHII to lead a comprehensive effort to improve the care and support of hundreds of OVC in India.
With funding from Johnson and Johnson, the HIV/AIDS Orphan Community Care Program reaches nearly 1600 children with direct services and 5000 other beneficiaries including caregivers, teachers, etc. with indirect services in the four high prevalent districts (Prakasam, Nellore, East and West Godavari) of Andhra Pradesh. SAATHII partners with ten local NGOs and CBOs to carry out its program.
The purpose of the HIV/AIDS Orphan Community Care Program is to strengthen and expand the service delivery of civil society organizations that care and support children orphaned and vulnerable to HIV/AIDS. The program is designed based on local needs and uses a comprehensive and child-centered approach that includes the following layers of intervention:
- Child Sponsorship Program – More than 40 children currently attend school to receive education that was otherwise inaccessible or unaffordable.
- Community and Home-Based Care Program – Hundreds of children receive basic care and support including medical, nutrition, psychosocial, basic education, life skills education, and recreation support; their caregivers participate in various support groups and receive economic support through income generating activities; the general community receives education on a variety of HIV/AIDS-related issues; local school administration and teachers learn to reduce stigma and discrimination in their schools; and district administrators learn to advocate for increased resources to OVC.
- Training and Technical Assistant Program – All ten partner NGOs and CBOs receive ongoing technical assistance to implement program activities. They additionally participate in regular trainings, share best practices and receive relevant information through physical and electronic libraries.
SAATHII supports the following partner NGOs and CBOs -
Jyothi Educational Society
Chaitanya Jyothi Welfare Society
Ravi Teja Educational Society
Bhavani Educational Society