Every year thousands of children are born HIV+ in Telangana, India--the state in which Agape works. Approximately 35% of untreated HIV+ children die within the first year of their life, 50% by their second year, and 80% die before they are five. Even if an orphaned child has living relatives, often they refuse to take them fearing social stigma, contagion and higher living expenses. The need to care for these children--the poorest of the poor--is huge.
In the 15 years that Agape has been in Hyderabad, we have become known in the community for the care we provide. It is often the first place the local hospitals or police bring AIDS orphaned or infected children. By taking the children in, feeding, caring for them, and monitoring their drug therapy, we make sure that these children don’t become yet another grim statistic.
Roughly half of Agape’s children are HIV+. We work hard to ensure that every one of them is cared for, loved and educated. Our goal is to make our children self-sufficient, independent and productive human beings, irrespective of their HIV status.
About the Event
Agape AIDS Orphan care is focused on caring for destitute children from the weakest segments of society that are orphaned by AIDS - from cradle to college. We raise them with love, provide them with an education and help them become productive individuals.
Every year an unknown number of children are orphaned when their parents die from AIDS in India, and they are left with no one to look after them. For those that are HIV+, 80% of them will die before their fifth birthday if not treated.
We take these children in and give them a home, care for them, and provide medical care and an education in our school that gives them a promising future.