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09/04/2019: India

 

Rainbow Annual Report 2018 to 2019

In India, 2.400.000 people are living with HIV/AIDS.Last year Operation Rainbow, in Trichy, helped 137 children remain in school who were at risk of dropping out due to their, or their family members, HIV status. Their holistic approach to supporting HIV positive children and adults is helping break down barriers and opening up new opportunities. See here the Rainbow Annual Report.

Reducing the fear and isolation experienced by families affected by HIV in Trichy Of the 65 million people living in the state of Tamil Nadu, approximately 650,000 are HIV positive. Of these, one in seven is a child under the age of 14. These people are some of the most neglected in society because of their poor knowledge about the virus and its effects. Because of the stigma associated with the disease, many families don’t access the services that can assist in managing the illness and its resulting hardships.

Operation Rainbow, a Marcellin Trust project, was established in 2003 by the Marist Brothers to provide support to families and children affected by HIV. It works with families in their own settings and assists them access resources available within their local communities.

Operation Rainbow provides families and individuals with community support that enables them to live with dignity. This support is provided through home visits, free medical seminars, counselling and HIV awareness courses. An ongoing initiative of Operation Rainbow is the monthly Rainbow Family Gathering. This event gathers together those in the community who are being supported by the program, which helps to reduce the isolation that these families often feel.

Having HIV shouldn’t mean facing a lifetime of fear and isolation. Donate now to help us remove the stigma, promote awareness and help those affected by the disease.

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