Give HIV affected youth a break
Focus: Children and Youth , Social Exclusion , Health
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₹625 will send one adolescent boy on a trip.
The teenagers Samraksha work with grow up dealing with serious illnesses, and sometimes even the loss of their parents. Many have to care for their parents and don't get a proper education. Being a part of this programme provides them with immense support and guidance. A trip away gives the boys a break from their stressful lives, an opportunity to plan the visit to a new place with their peers, and learn and grow with together.WHY KOPPAL
Koppal, in North Karnataka, has one of the lowest development indices in the state. Until the early 2000s, the district had a high prevalence of HIV. Though this has now reduced, an SOS Children's Village study ranked Koppal as one of the districts with high child vulnerability because of the impact HIV had on families, leaving many children as head of households. Samraksha is currently working with 80 adolescent boys who will go on this trip.
Being a part of this programme has helped me realise the worth of my friends and my social network. I have learned to value them.
My son seems much happier after attending the programme. He is forever asking me when the next training date is and is eager to attend.
Samraksha is already implementing the larger programme, Building Resilience in Adolescents for 80 boys from HIV-affected families. Once the Fundraiser is complete, the boys will be divided into batches according to age group, and the one-day study trips will be planned by them during their school vacations to locations - nearby historical monuments, zoo or museum - suitable to their age.