Asha – hope in Hyderabad
In the project "Asha - Hope in Hyderabad", children of HIV-positive parents in Hyderabad find a temporary home and can devote themselves to their school education.
Stigma around HIV makes prevention difficult
HIV-affected people in India are exposed to great stigmatization and are excluded from society. They usually do not receive the necessary medical treatment and support they need. In this project, children and adolescents and their caregivers receive appropriate health care and psychological support.
Key facts about the project
Aim of the project
Children and adolescents of families affected by HIV and poverty in Hyderabad can lead healthy and independent lives with dignity.
400 HIV/AIDS and poverty affected children/youth and 257 adults (parents).
Children and adolescents in acute emergency situations are given a temporary home and security in our residential centers. They go to school or undergo vocational training and receive the necessary medical and psychological support.
Operation of two residential centers with 24-hour care, (partial) financing of school fees and vocational training courses, holistic support for HIV+ youth and parents, HIV prevention campaigns directly with the target groups.
Great stigma around HIV and AIDS in India
The stigma surrounding HIV and AIDS is great in India. HIV-positive people are excluded from the family and society, and they are discriminated against even in the health care system. Even (HIV-negative) children are often prevented from attending school when their parents' HIV status becomes known. Their chances for (vocational) education and a financially stable future are thus greatly reduced. Together with its local partner, the "John Foundation", SolidarMed is committed to helping children, adolescents and their parents affected by HIV and poverty in Hyderabad. They receive health and psychological care. In addition, two residential centers for particularly vulnerable children and adolescents are operated.
Training with a job guarantee
Children and young people affected are given access to schooling and vocational training so that they can stand on their own two feet financially in adulthood. With campaigns in schools, slums and red light districts about HIV/AIDS and human trafficking, the population is also sensitized. In this way, SolidarMed contributes to protecting children and adolescents at risk from human trafficking and prostitution. Both are very common in the project area.