Where there is love, there is hope
Every child admitted in our Home comes with pain, suffering, oppression. When they feel accepted, loved, understood, supported and are accompanied, they blossom into the wonderful persons they are.
Many babies, toddlers, little children – abandoned, relinquished by young mothers who are cheated in relationships or by families in hopeless situations, some of these little ones are even badly bruised – have been adopted by loving parents from around the world and are doing well in life. Presently all children cleared for adoption by the Child Welfare Committee are adopted by Indian families. Only children with special needs are adopted by families from abroad.
The girl child in India is oppressed yet young adopting parents choose to adopt little girls.
The first shelter in India for children with HIV was started in September 1996 in St Catherine’s Home. Today : there are 2 cottages within our Home – ‘Snehanilaya ‘- an abode of love and ‘Snehanjali ’ - an offering of love.
The expected life span of a person with HIV is usually 3 – 15 years. Our children are living much longer and are healthy. We continue to build their immune system by creating a hygienic environment, besides providing nutritious food and prompt medical care. Our oldest girl is 25 years old, married to a man with HIV and they have a child who is HIV negative.
Persons with HIV are shunned in society. We are overjoyed that 8 of our children with HIV have been welcomed and adopted into loving homes. 2 in Mumbai, 1 in Italy, 2 in America, 3 in Sweden.
We have many stories of love and hope of young girls, rescued from the flesh trade brought to our Home and who with love, support and accompaniment are standing on their feet and living happy lives.