NAMBIKKAY was created in July 2015 by a group of former volunteers from the orphanage, Shanthi Bhavan Children’s Home. Some had volunteered for just a few months, others a few years, but all had been deeply moved by the fate of the children born with AIDS they had met, and returned to France with the desire to continue their help where possible. When at the beginning of 2015 they were informed of the serious financial difficulties the Bhavan Children’s Home were facing, Caroline Heissat, Emmanuel André, and Xavier Aubry quickly came together to forge a communal project to take on the responsibility of the orphanage’s finances, so that the adults present at the Home itself would be able to better concentrate their energies on the work of education.
The NAMBIKKAY Association currently numbers 6 associate members, and is run by an office of three members:
37 years old and a qualified biology teacher, is the President.
Aurélie de la Porte du Theil
membre du bureau
a retired financial auditor, is the Treasurer.
30 years old, Social and Educational Policies Project Manager, is in charge of sponsorship.
Bernadette de Guillebon
28 years old, Special Needs Teacher, is in charge communication.
Our aim is that the NAMBIKKAY Association become a means by which past volunteers from the Shanthi Bhavan Children’s Home are able to continue their commitment to help HIV-positive children. India is a fascinating country, and one never returns home the same, especially after being so incredibly moved by the children who are HIV-positive. The return home is therefore often more difficult than the journey out to India. Becoming a member of the NAMBIKKAY Association therefore provides the opportunity of a healthier transition for the volunteers who so desire, working together with others who have similar experiences and keeping up their commitment to the children they helped while in India.
Association members fall into two categories: regular members and benefactors. Benefactors are those who offer help near or far, whether that be by organizing an event, participating in the communication of the Association, or offering a voluntary service. Regular members are those who wish to be more intensely and regularly involved. Regular members also participate in general assemblies. Among the regular members, active members are co-opted by the Board of Directors. Like the founding members, active members have voting rights at general meetings.
Our second General Assembly was held on the 28th January 2017. If you wish to consult our reports for the year 2015, click on the links below:
Our first General Assembly took place on the 21st May 2016. You can consult our annual reports for the year 2015 by clicking on the links below: