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"Sahaya song" by Sandeep Khurana
With thanks to our event sponsors:
Preethi Indian Cuisine
(712 2nd Street,
Davis, CA 95616)
Who are the children that we're helping through Sahaya Walks ?
(Most of the 24 children and youth that we are helping via Sahaya Walks)
We are raising funds for 33 HIV-infected children who are currently part of Sahaya International's programs in India with the organization READ.
Some of these children were diagnosed with HIV infection in 2003. In the early years of our program, it was very difficult to find HIV medications in India, and several of the first children that were diagnosed with HIV have passed away because of AIDS. Many more children joined our program and some were very ill. We did not let despair take over, as we kept hope that these children could be saved. Thanks to everyone's efforts, and the HIV treatment programs that the Indian government inititiated, we were able to give these children access to HIV medications and to clinics that have experienced doctors who know well how to treat HIV-infected children.
M. and S. were among the first HIV+ children who joined our programs. Thanks to our support, they were able to get medicines, eat healthy, go to school, and have a childhood. Both of them are now in college. All of this has only been possible thanks to the generous support of people like you, for which we are very grateful. While this is a reason to celebrate, this is also a reason to pledge commitment and perseverance to continue this journey together, not just for M. and S., but also for each of the other kids and youth in the program.
As a result of our efforts, since 2006, we have not lost any child because of HIV/AIDS!
This is a big victory and shows that we can make a difference! However, these programs and the future of these children depend on your continued support. Regularly, more HIV-infected children are identified and join our programs. Together we can continue helping them. Together we can give them the most precious gift: the gift of life, hope and a future. Together we can pledge and promise we will continue to fight for them!
This is how you can make a difference:
- $10: One month of life-saving medications for an HIV-infected child in India
- $10: One month of proper nutritional supplements to strengthen the health of an HIV-infected child.
- $30: One month of food, clothing and school fees for a needy child.
- $100: School fees and uniform for an orphan for one year.
- $360: One year of food, clothing and school fees for a needy orphan
The pictures on this page show some of the children who are currently part of our program and who will benefit from your continued support to our fundraising activities.
Click here to read some personal letters written by a few of these children.
While our first priority is to help all the HIV-infected children and any newly diagnosed children, additional funds raised will be used to help the high number of uninfected AIDS orphans to meet their basic needs of tuition, food, and clothing.
Several people from Davis have already been going over there and know these children. Some of these children have also a sponsor through our regular orphan sponsorship program, which supports their basic needs for food, clothing and school fees (but does not cover the extra needs to treat their HIV condition). You can also go and visit them (click here for more information).
Don't hesitate and join us!
Below are some pictures of several of these beneficiaries over the years:
© Sahaya International, 2016