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.

nambikkay orphelinat sida tamil naduNAMBIKKAY is an association committed to helping children suffering from AIDS; it leaves no stone unturned in providing them the best possible care, both on a medical and personal level.

Being born with AIDS is not a divine punishment nor justified retribution for past actions, and yet for many people in India a child born with AIDS is, according to popular belief, themselves guilty for their illness. It is believed they must be guilty of misdeeds from a previous life, which is the reason for their suffering in their present life. This is simply an easy way of avoiding the problem and glossing over the scandal that being born with AIDS confronts us with.

To be born HIV positive is in fact a great injustice; we should not fear or shy away from the difficulty we have in understanding this fact. When faced with the pain of suffering, actions speak louder than words. So we take the children in hand and accompany them along their tortured, dark, and painful route, yet a route we hope has a more happy ending, whatever the cost. And there is a cost!

This is the whole purpose of our association: our aim is to raise the necessary funds to welcome and take care of the children who are HIV-positive at the Shanthi Bhavan Children’s Home.

Nambikkay orphelinat Sida IndeFaced with the drama of AIDS and the scourge of HIV, of which the children at our Home have fallen victim, the NAMBIKKAY association wants to be a beacon of hope.

A hope for a better future for the children who suffer from this illness.

A hope for the future of the orphanage where they are welcomed and educated.

A hope that animates each of the members of the Association you are reading about.

Hope – a word which in Tamil we call “NAMBIKKAY”.

The help you give us, no matter how much you are able to give, is something we value greatly and which enlivens our hope. In advance, we thank you with all our heart.

Shanti Bhavan Children's Home Pondicherry Inde


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