The Aashray Care Home was established in 2006 by the Positive Women Network of Rajasthan. Harassment and stigma issues necessitated starting a care home for children affected by HIV and AIDS. Children living with HIV are in an extremely vulnerable situation because they are usually single or double orphans. Children usually get HIV infection from their mother during the pregnancy and birth. Because of lack of knowledge sometimes both the parents are affected and financially not capable to take care of infected child. Aashray take care of children of such families.
Currently there are 60 children between the ages of 5 to 18 years residing at the care homes. This initiative is supported by dedicated staff members and several individual volunteers and organizations. Parents and relatives of the children staying at the care home are free to visit the children at the care home. Family members are also counseled to take care of children during their home visits.
To achieve this vision we decided core areas to improve on like quality of health care is improved by hiring full time dedicated nurses and ambulance. Quality of education is ensured by enrolling all the kids in quality schools. Those who attained the age of 18 years are admitted into technical courses so that they would enhance skill to generate livelihood.
Provide safe and healthy environments to children & women in need of care & support.
Provide individualized care to every child and women residing at the Aashray Care homes
Maintain a healthy lifestyle for all inmates residing in the Aashray Care homes by providing nutritious food, good health care, safe living environment, yoga & meditation sessions, festivals & other day to day necessities.
Provide formal education, life skills development and livelihood training to children and women in need of care & support.
Provide support and guidance toward responsible and independent adulthood
Facilitate inclusion & participation of HIV infected and affected children & women in development activities and programs meant for fulfillment of their entitlements.
“The saddest day of my life was when my parents got sick. The happiest day of my life was when I moved to Aashray Care Home” – Poonam, 12 years old
When Aashray Care Home was established in 2006 there hardly was any community support or visibility of HIV infected children. Fundamental rights of children – Right to survival, right to development – to education, care, leisure, recreation, cultural activities were often violated. Our years of hard work has influenced the government and private sector to initiate programs for these children. Now these children have better place to live and receive basic health care and quality education.
Increase in donations, volunteers and social acceptability can be a good parameter for our hard work and dedication for the cause. We are known globally now and have volunteers and interns from all across the world like Finland, Austria, Brazil, France etc.
The road ahead is still very long and much more to be achieved
Global acceptance of the Aashray children
Improve the health care facilities with modern technology and facilities
Job opportunities for Aashray children who are educated and adults now
Increase financial incentives for the staff working with us
Increase visibility of people living with HIV
Generating support mechanism for HIV affected women.
“In Aashray all the kids are living like a family and children also exhibit their preferences freely in the Aashray Care Home” – Swaroop Jangid, Age 19 years, former care home child.
The overall functioning of the organization is overseeing by the core team who is having long experience of managing social programmes and also placed in corporate sector. This core group is providing guidance to the Governing Board and the senior staff members who are looking after various projects of the organization.
She is from the sociology background and has been the founding member of this organization. She has 15 years of experience in dealing with the HIV infected and affected women and children and also become perfectionist in managing care homes for HIV infected children.
Mr. Narendra Singh is the social work advisor with specialization in project management. He has about 20 years of experience of working for various development projects especially in health care management.
Mr. ButeeRam is the child rights specialist who has more than 20 years of experience of dealing with the children’s issues especially children in need of special care and support.
Mr. Tushar is a senior strategy professional working with a global brand. His emotional visit to our care home persuaded him to be a permanent member of our team. He is instrumental in short and long term planning for Aashray. He provides us with ideas and means for fundraising and projects. He is an NRI with roots in Jaipur. As a crucial member of the Aashray Care Homes, he is always ready to support and resolve any issues through mentorship, linkage, and social networking.
Ms. Sneha is a qualified and well-known audiologist in her industry. Currently, she is working with a leading cochlear implant company. Her love for children and passion for serving society matched our purpose, and we got associated. She mentors us in providing strategies to run, maintain and help Aashray care homes better with a qualitative improvement in the overall performances of kids and the staff members.