NAMBIKKAY is a French non-profit association that finances the orphanage Shanthi Bhavan Children’s Home, which welcomes children who suffer from AIDS, the majority of whom are orphans. It aims to provide these children with a life full of dignity and happiness.
The orphanage Shanthi Bhavan Children’s Home is located in the state of Tamil Nadu, 15 km north of Pondicherry.
“In the summer of 2014, I found myself in Pondicherry for what turned out to be a marvelous adventure into humanity. I was visiting the Missionaries of Charity and experienced moments, as I worked with children with disabilities, when I felt entirely where I was supposed to be. At the time I had a great desire to discover more about the Shanthi Bhavan Children’s Home, and as soon as I opened the door to the orphanage, I knew that my charity project would take shape there. I have had the great privilege of travelling far and wide in order to help numerous humanitarian projects (mostly in Senegal), but when I arrived at the Shanthi Bhavan Children’s Home I knew I had found the place for me. In the peaceful surroundings of the Home, children who have previously lived through much pain and suffering manifest such love for life and heartfelt joy. On my return to France, I met up with former volunteers from the Home and with simplicity and clarity what was needed became apparent: to create an association, which we called “NAMBIKKAY”. The following year, in summer 2015, I set out with a list of statutes in my hand, to become adopted by this large family – which I did not yet know as well as I wanted – with the aim of coming to understand what their daily lives entailed and identify their most urgent needs. Today I have the great joy of presiding over this Association, who’s aim is to help support the education of children who are HIV-positive. It is already turning out to be both an amazing and very demanding adventure. My hope is that it will become ever more fruitful for the children of Shanthi Bhavan Children’s Home, as well as all those who offer their aid. I offer you my sincere thanks in advance for the help you are able to give.”Caroline Heissat, president of the association