Holy Trinity Church has supported over many years the project Arogya Agam in south India which amongst other work helps families who are living with HIV.
Years ago, before treatment was free and available, when children were infected with the virus they inevitably died.
Happily we now have many young people who are living healthy lives thanks to antiretrovirals. However discrimination still abounds, and this is where the project can help these youngsters who are often frightened and confused.
Carers also need counselling. It must be extremely difficult to answer certain questions. How did I get this illness? When will it go away? Why doesn’t my family talk about it? In fact many carers feel they should avoid telling the truth for fear of upsetting the child, or not knowing how to respond.
Thanks to counselling the parents/carers and the children (now at the age of adolescents) feel more confident. Help is on hand also for those who will soon be married. Should he/she disclose their HIV positivity? How to go about it? How to live a healthy life together and have healthy children?
To know more about the situation of these young people please follow the link where there is a short video and also provides a way of sending a donation, however small, to the project.