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The Snehadeep Holy Cross school for children affected by HIV/AIDS gives hope to extremely vulnerable children in India who have no other place to turn. Snehadeep means ‘Light of Love’.
Many children affected by HIV or AIDS in India’s Jharkhand state are living helplessly in severe poverty. Often, they lose their parents to this disease. These orphaned children may no longer have access to basic things like food and shelter – let alone the special medical care they may require to live. The Educational Support for Children affected by HIV/AIDS (CABA) project, backed by Jesuit Mission and our generous supporters, gives hope to children in India suffering from or impacted by HIV/AIDS. Run by the Holy Cross Institute in Tarwa, Hazaribag – the Snehadeep Holy Cross Residential School for CABA is home to 150 children. This incredible school provides education, full residential care, and healthcare to children from the poorest villages. Many of these young children are orphans who have nowhere else to go. By supporting Jesuit Mission, you’re providing these vulnerable children with the chance to receive an education at school, eat a nutritious balanced diet, and get the vital health care they need. Children learn basic skills like reading and writing through interactive (and fun!) classes that include games, music, karate and dance. The program also offers vocational training in areas like nursing, sewing, teaching, and hotel management - so these young people can eventually get a job to provide for themselves and their families.  You’re also helping the school provide mental, emotional and spiritual support for the participants through professional counselling. By supporting Jesuit Mission, you’re providing these vulnerable children with the chance to receive an education at school, eat a nutritious balanced diet, and get the vital health care they need. Children learn basic skills like reading and writing through interactive (and fun!) classes that include games, music, karate and dance. The program also offers vocational training in areas like nursing, sewing, teaching, and hotel management - so these young people can eventually get a job to provide for themselves and their families.  You’re also helping the school provide mental, emotional and spiritual support for the participants through professional counselling. Your generosity helps us create a supportive environment for people affected by HIV or AIDS and their families. A big part of that is sensitisation – working with community stakeholders, government officials and local NGOs to break down the stigmas around HIV/AIDS and raise awareness of basic rights. This gives vulnerable children and young people the confidence they need to partake in community activities.

Holy Cross Institute hosts a meeting with local villagers to talk about education opportunities for children affected by HIV/AIDS.

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“Jesuit Mission is doing a wonderful job by helping the stigmatised and neglected people of the society. The children are very happy to learn different types of skills as they want to bring changes to their future and achieve their life goals.”
– Sr. Britto, Snehadeep Holy Cross Community Care Centre
Thank you for supporting this project to provide education to refugees in camps. While they are restricted to the confines of the camps, children and young people have no other way to learn important knowledge and skills.

Tulshi’s Story

Tulshi is a boy in his early teens who is HIV positive. His parents and younger brother were also diagnosed as HIV positive. Tulshi endured severe hardship growing up because of his family’s illness. His father lost his job when he was diagnosed and was forced to take a very low paying labouring job. Tulshi’s mother died when he was just seven years old. His father remarried but died only a few years later when Tulshi was ten. After his father’s death, Tulshi and his family were outcast from their village. They didn’t receive any help from family or any government support. Tulshi had to drop out of school to go work with his step-mother doing labour work with bricks. Even with both working, they were earning very little money for food and suffered from malnutrition. Tulshi’s health soon declined to the point of needing to be hospitalised. Thanks to our generous supporters, Tulshi and his little brother were able to come to Snehadeep Holy Cross Middle School - so they could receive a quality education, vital healthcare, a balanced diet, and supportive counselling. We’re so pleased to report that Tulshi’s health has improved since his arrival at school and he’s doing really well with his studies. He recently won 2nd place for his academic performance and was selected as Vice President of the School Committee. Tulshi has also been enjoying vocational training in computer skills to help him with job opportunities when he finishes school. Holy Cross Institute visited Tulshi’s village to help community members understand HIV/AIDS. Through this work, the stigma began to wear away.  The community stopped discriminating against Tulshi’s family and, instead, started supporting them.  
“I can now hope to live for a better future. After finishing my studies, I want to do some part-time job and my aim is to become a Ticket Collector.”
- Tulshi