We have recently begun funding a wonderful charity in Jodphur, India called Bal Basera. It is a residential program for HIV positive children in Rajasthan, where they have come to welcome 65 children with open arms and providing them with a home, education, medicine and tools to ensure growth and independence.
Most of the children at this child care home are orphans who have lost their parents to HIV, they have been alienated by the society for no fault of their own. This includes being given very few rights and little or no education, as well as being rejected by their communities. So Dinesh Joshi, the founder and his team provide unbiased, unprejudiced and fair living conditions to the children so that they grow up into becoming confident adults, not ashamed of their HIV status. Not only do they provide lodging for the children, but also medicine, education and recreational activities.
Bal Basera Child Care Home is a place where these children can play, learn, live and do all sorts of activities that every child is entitled too.
Due to the stigma and misconceptions of HIV/AIDS, the charity has often struggled acquiring accommodation on a permanent basis. Because of this, they have had to move several times over the past few years. Finally through donors they have procured a piece of land, where we will be helping them to build a permanent home, and medical centre.
We donate to this charity as a company and visit them whenever we can, but in 2019 we decided to go one step further, or one stroke further. One of our own Claudia and her friend decided to swim Windermere to raise money for the orphanage. They swam the whole 10.5 miles, raised over £6000 and came out like prunes.
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