Under the auspices of Andhra Pradesh State AIDS Control Society, HCHW is implementing ‘Balasahyoga’, a project providing support and care for the HIV/AIDS infected/affected children and their families in collaboration with Family Health International, Care India and Clinton Foundation. We are one of the Lead Partners for Balasahyoga in Andhra Pradesh. We work in the districts of Adilabad, Mahboobnagar and Medak. Balasahyoga is supporting 47,000 families with 73,000 children and 86,000 adults infected and affected by HIV in Andhra Pradesh. Stigma and discrimination continue to be the biggest barrier preventing these families, especially, children from enjoying their life to its fullest. To counter this, Balasahyoga has been organizing several smaller platforms. A bigger event of this sort - “Balasahyoga Kerinthalu”- is from 14th to 15th November 2011 for 600 HIV infected and affected children from 11 districts of Andhra Pradesh. This is a first of its kind program in Andhra Pradesh. Kerinthalu means collective voices - of happiness, of anguish and of distress, attracting others attention. Balasahyoga Kerinthalu is visualized as a special event to provide HIV infected and affected children an occasion to enjoy their childhood through a variety of fun filled and adventurous activities. The event is also organised to provide children a platform to discuss and express their aspirations, their rights, and their life. The two day events will be organized at Summer Green Resorts, Thumkunta, and Shameerpet Road, Hyderabad. However, on 14th November, we have organized a candle light vigil on necklace road from 6.00PM onwards. This event is organised to highlight the plight of children infected with HIV/AIDS. This is also to commemorate as a memorial to those who had been silent sufferers and lost their lives because of HIV. The event involves a silent walk by children holding candles in their hand from Mint Compound road towards Peoples Plaza. The walk will culminate in front of Necklace Road Railway station.
Candle Light March
On 14th November 2011, we have organized a candle light vigil on Necklace Road, Hyderabad from 6.00pm onwards. The event was organized to highlight and commemorate as a memorial to those who had been silent sufferers and lost their lives because of HIV. The event involves a silent walk by children holding candles in their hand from Mint Compound road towards People Plaza. The walk culminated in front of Necklace Road Railway Station.