Mar 1, 2017

National Girl Child Day - January 24th

National Girl child day commemorated on January 24th to highlight the importance of girl child was celebrated at Tiruchengode ART on 28th January with 10 HIV Positive girl children and their care takers at the ART centre premises.

The meeting started with a video presentation (Komal) on the sexual abuse affecting young girls. After the video presentation a discussion on the forms of abuse young girls face and the solutions or the safety measures children can practice was done.

Following this ,there was a short story telling on the gender preferences and disparities that affect the status of girl children and the purpose of the commemoration of National girl child day. This was followed by a discussion that reinforced the special status a girl child enjoys in a country.

The day was also dedicated in honouring the care takers of young children by gifting mementos to the care takers by the children themselves. Prizes were distributed to the children who answered the quiz that was handled at the final part of the programme.

The day ended with snacks and lunch facilitated by the ART centre team. The technical support for the meeting was provided by Buds of Christ.

Feed back :
I liked the video and the story discussion and was able to know "What is bad touch " and only my mother or my care taker and doctor under the supervision of my parents are allowed to touch my private areas.-expressed a 11 year old girl

I learnt that ,we can call 1098 for help and also share it our adults and also shout out when somebody is abusing us.-expressed a 12 year old child.

Dec 13, 2016

Build a Positive Mindset - World AIDS Day with Children affected by AIDS

“I still cannot believe, but I have done it. I was able to share my status boldly among my friends and the care takers. I feel proud that I have done it, it was because of the encouragement, I got  from my leaders whose personal sharing in one of the support group has helped me to do it and also be responsible with my treatment” - expressed 10th standard orphan boy living chronic illness

It was  a wonderful moment for more than 40 young adolescents and their care takers (totalling to 80 participants) on December 3rd 2016 at the Government Hospital, Salem  to commemorate the World AIDS day with the theme "Build a Positive Mindset". This has been the first time, where the children and young people have been focussed and also played an important role  in the world AIDS day event. The  unique feature is that, the programme was co-ordinated by the young people  from the neighbouring district (Namakkal district) who have also battled the virus and living a life positively.

The programme was focussed in building the confidence in mind and started with the traditional welcome song, a brief understanding of world AIDS day and a commitment by the medical team, care takers and children in building a positive mindset. The candle was lighted by the hopsital dean in charge Dr. Rajasekaran and Dr.Arunachalam, Chief medical officer, Salem ART Centre who both gave wonderful speech in encouraging the young children and their care takers to look at lives more positively and emphasised that the foundation is being bold at heart to face the challenges.

The programme then continued with the children presenting their skit, life experiences and cultural events. A brief presentation was made on the activities of Buds of Christ at the Salem ART centre by Mr. Jeyapaul, Director of Buds of Christ and ended with all the children and care takers making a commitment to have a positive mindset about their lives.

The feedback :
“I have attended many programmes, but I felt here that we were all part of a big family” – expressed an adolescent orphan girl living with chronic ill condition

“I could not believe my child would perform so well  and this has been the first time in his life ,he has been on stage (14 years old) and I am happy he has been able to do it and also find friends here“ - a widow mother seeing her 14 year old child perform

“I was hesitant to come, because I discontinued my class this year ,as I met with an accident and had to be away from school for more than 2 months. I thought of not continuing my studies, but after coming to this programme, I have now got the confidence to go back to school next year and also will have a firm and a positive mindset” - expressed an 16 year old adolescent boy living with chronic ill health