- Posted December 2, 2013 by
AIDS Day is another usual day for HIV positive Nepalese children
As the world overwhelmingly participates to rally against AIDS in World AIDS Day, there is a little world somewhere in Nepal where these children don't even know what HIV is and their innocence to be HIV positive.
Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal which, world knows with the name of City of Temples although god makes contrast with the future of these kids has only-in-nation HIV school housing more than a dozen HIV positive children. HIV Sikshya Sadan also known as the Baby Life Home doesn't only houses but also manages to educate and accommodate kids in their 4-12.
You're welcome to the bittersweet world of Nepal's first and only school of HIV positive kids in Kirtipur. Thanks to the daddy Raj Kumar Pun and mummy Uma Gurung who sold away their personal house and businesses to become god-gifted parents to these kids. ''We are very much dedicated to keep smile in their faces in any cost'' says Rajkumar, the principal and 'daddy' of more than dozen kids. While interacting with the volunteers who dropped to organise fancy rally in the AIDS Day and joined the school instead, Rajkumar adds ''the neighbours here are seen so much concerned not allowing contacts with their children fearing misconceptions of HIV could transfer on their children as well''.
The story is more beyond than this. As we were there with the first touch of this winter sun in chilly cold morning, children were not asking people not to hate them but preparing themselves an awareness drama to show in a nearing school.
Meet Pretty Chand (name withheld), 12 from western Nepal. Someone can easily melt down in to warm-drops in eyes listening to her story and the way her awaking the students why HIV infected children should be loved. A 12 years old girl stands strong like brave warrior among the senior students of grade 8, 9 and 10 in Greenwich school then spontaneously appeals not to discriminate them just because they are innocently infected by the carelessness of their parents. "HIV is not transmitted by kissing" appealing further ''please be aware of unsafe sex'' Pretty adds in this society where even adults still feel uncomfortable to talk about these statements. She is now in Baby Life Home with charming smiles after daddy Rajkumar took her there in her unconscious condition last year. She's a eldest among others there mostly having at least an aim for future to become dancer, doctor etc.
Children with innocence are happy there. Mummy Uma Gurung manages to make sure of their take caring but '' this school is too expensive for us to pay rent and we're struggling everyday'' Uma Says.
''We didn't even know today is world AIDS Day and this is another usual day for us and kids'' says Rajkumar to the volunteers who reached there in World AIDS day.
The Gen Nep, which is open volunteering platform for Nepalese youngsters, has been regularly helping these kids to make their life happier and easier. Gen Nep is working if together Nepalese can raise funds to build their own schools.
According to some raw data there are more than 5,000 HIV infected children in Nepal. Rajkumar and Uma are far more than just big-hearted to start Nepal's first HIV School managing to house these children in personal initiation among many challenges.
Photos are taken with parental consent.