Faith Sansthan was born out of a conversation. A conversation about children and the hard lives they often lead. Noticing the homeless on the streets and the lack of basic facilities to ensure adequate development of children mired in poverty, a group of compassionate friends took upon themselves to make a change. Children’s issues are often a reflection of society’s lack of initiative. The founders were determined to improve lives of unfortunate children and so, began a small-scale initiative at the Railway Station. Education and nutrition for proper mental and physical development of the children was their primary concern. They managed to build a good rapport in the area and their work affected the lives of more than 100 children over three years.
Meanwhile, headlines in the print media regarding the discrimination against children on the basis of their HIV status shook the founders to their core. A lady left her child at a hospital and ran away, leaving no trace whatsoever. WHY? Only because the child was HIV positive. This news compelled the founders to explore the scope of work in this field. Within a short time, they were convinced this is the area where their work shall help ignite change for the better.
The stigma associated with the illness is deep-rooted in society today. A lack of awareness about the issue is a primary reason. HIV treatment needs special care and attention. Most of the children suffering from HIV are orphans, lacking familial support and protection. Thus, institutional care was started for children living with HIV. Today, Faith provides quality care to children living at Faith-Aalingan care home, helping them recognize their right to life and instilling in them a new hope for the future.
Faith Sansthan envisages a healthy, loving and caring environment for children living with HIV/AIDS, because they deserve happiness, hope and respect.
Acknowledging people’s participation by mitigating stigma associated with HIV through awareness programs; providing the children with every opportunity to grow and develop through institutional settings.
CORE AREAS OF WORK:
Our core area of work includes four major components: Survival, Protection, Development and Participation of children that are based on the fundamental rights.
Survival: to life, health, nutrition, name, nationality
Protection: from exploitation, abuse and neglect.
Development: to education, care, leisure, recreation, cultural activities
Participation: to expression, information, thought, religion