Children of Krishnagiri

A support Program for the Children infected and affected by HIV / AIDS – Mobilizing sponsorship:

Background

Located in Tamilnadu and about 100 KMs from Bangalore, Krishnagiri is a scenic District surrounded by picturesque mountains. Krishnagiri is a classified 'A" town for another challenge, HIV infected! It is estimated that there are about 250 children infected and around 3000 Children affected by HIV / AIDS in the district.


When ARCOD identified the need to support the nutritional needs of infected children and educational needs of affected children it started exploring for funds. An initial discussion by the Director of ARCOD with the industrialist Mr. K.G. Murali from Bangalore paved way for the birth of this project. With his in initiative he identified other like-minded people from friends and relatives and floated the idea for support.


Initiative

5 years back ARCOD decided to make a difference in these children’s lives.  AROCD took 175 children (91 infected and 84 affected) into its fold to provide nutritional support on a monthly basis and started to support Rs. 500/- per child per month. The amount is transferred to the joint bank account operated by the child and care taker.

The project was inaugurated on 8th September 2010 by the then District Collector Mr. Arun Roy in Krishnagiri.

ARCOD has been celebrating the Deepavali for the past 5 years with these children and their care providers. The children are entertained through variety of cultural programs by professionals and are given grand lunch / crackers / sweets / goodies and other gifts.


Transit Home

During the course ARCOD identified a need to set up a “Transit Home” for these children to give them temporary care. We identified a rented building at Krishnagiri which could accommodate 12 children at a time. ARCOD is planning to make this home as a permanent one to admit infected orphan children. We are looking at options to give them institutional care in the long run; we are in the process of identifying land for this purpose.


Medical Record & Expansion

We moved on to get the medical challenge handled well and have completed a full medical checkup and creation of proper medical records for 180 children with the support of St. John’s Hospital, Bangalore. During the process we have got quite a few children admitted and saved many from the jaws of death!

From January 2015 we have taken all 232 infected children into our fold along with the existing affected children 59. We are in the process of completing the updation of medical record for all these children. From March 2015 the support to all the infected children would be provided in the form of Nutrition Food Packets as this will help to ensure the support benefits the children directly. The affected children will continue to get cash transfer.


Our motto is 'Not a single child will be lost to this disease'

We intend to bring in a structured education process to all these children enabling them to get a job, this process will begin by April 2015. We are discussing with professionals working in this area. The following table shows the summary of children supported block wise:


Name of the Block

Total No of Children Supported from January 2015

Infected

Affected

Total

Male

Female

Total

Male

Female

Total

Krishnagiri

14

24

38

2

5

7

45

Bargur

24

17

41

2

6

8

49

Mathur

6

11

17

3

7

10

27

Kaveripattinam

16

13

29

5

2

7

36

Kelamangalam

8

7

15

3

3

6

21

Soolagiri

6

9

15

2

4

6

21

Veppanapalli

7

5

12

4

4

8

20

Hosur

15

20

35

0

1

1

36

Uthangarai

11

13

24

1

0

1

25

Thally

0

6

6

2

3

5

11

Total

107

125

232

24

35

59

291