Area of work
An NGO established with the aim of ensuring the well-being of children living with HIV and to give shelter to the poor and abused kids.
Desire society came into existence in the year 2004 and has expanded in five states so far with the aim of health development and well-being of children living with HIV/ AIDS. They provide shelter to abandoned children, children of sex workers, truck drivers, and children who are poor and have been abused. As of today, 800 such children have been uplifted and have been taken under their care with the sole purpose of reducing the stigma and discrimination. They provide with shelter, food, medical treatment, education and therapy to make sure that each of these children can live a respected life and get their basics of food and hygiene.
Building a future beyond HIV/ AIDS with Desire Society
The HIV/ AIDS pandemic is into its third decade. Over 3 million people in India are currently infected with HIV. According to the Health Ministry of India nearly 70,000 children are living with HIV/ AIDS. 70% of the children lose the parents to the disease. These children not only have to live without love and support of a parent but they have to find their own way through uncertainty. There may not be a cure for AIDS yet, but we still have the power to help rewrite the future of thousands of children in India.
Projects of Desire Society in Mumbai
At its Mumbai centre, the NGO runs the following programmes for HIV kids.
Institutional Care Home (ICH)
In India, there are many places with a high prevalence of HIV and efforts to provide care and support to AIDS orphans have been underway for many years. Although existing initiatives are encouraging, many of these are small scale and are struggling with the increasing number of children that require care mainly in high-prevalence states like Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, and Telangana. In order to develop a comprehensive and sustainable response to children, DESIRE Society has initiated a project which is committed to provide services of treatment, nutrition, shelter and education with moral support to Children Living with HIV/ AIDS (CLHA).
Core activities of the project
- Shelter and Food
- Health Care
- Education and Moral Support
- Social Security
Child Nutrition and Healthcare project in Mumbai
Since pediatric formulations were not available, majority of the children living with HIV/ AIDS were not able to get proper nutrition and treatment in India. Another big concern for those working in the field of HIV/ AIDS is to reach out to the large number of children who have not been tested and who could be potential carriers of the virus. Identifying children who are vulnerable to HIV infection and verifying their status is therefore a priority in this program. Currently, this project is able to support up to 60 children in Mumbai.
Core activities of the project
- Nutritional support
- Diagnosis of HIV infection in infants and children
- Enumeration of CD4 cells in children found to be HIV positive
- ART initiation for children needed treatment
- Diagnosis and management of opportunistic Infections
- Psychosocial support
- Travel and logistical support
Summer camp project in Mumbai
Summer camp is an annual social event with a complete fun-based recreational gathering which is meant exclusively for children suffering with HIV/ AIDS. DESIRE Society had initiated it in the year 2009 in Hyderabad. Since 2015, it has been taking place for children in Mumbai too. The camp attracts about 100 HIV positive children from the communities of surrounding districts of Mumbai.
The day long activities with an hour-to-hour agenda for about 2-3 days keep the children busy in learning and having fun. All the children who join from outside are provided shelter, food and medical assistance till the completion of the event. At the end of the day, children carry a kit of nutritional supplements, educational stationery along with a school bag. Of course, most of the children do cry to leave the venue as they want to continue the event for more days. Besides, it will be a right occasion for the people who want to volunteer to do something good for the underprivileged in the society.