It is with great sorrow that we announce little Sonia’s passing from this world last Sunday following an internal hemorrhage. Sonia was only 13 years old.
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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 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.
Faced 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.
The orphanage Shanthi Bhavan Children’s Home is located in the state of Tamil Nadu, 15 km north of Pondicherry.
We would like to thank the Fondation St Irénée for their tremendous support and generosity in giving us €10 000 to pay for the children’s food at the Shanthi Bhavan Children’s Home during the year 2016.