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RAYS - Aasha ki ek karan

An estimated 120,000 children and adolescents aged 0-19 were living with HIV in India in 2017, the highest number in South Asia, according a report by UNICEF. Every child deserves a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. Yet, an estimated 5.4 million children under age 5 still die each year from preventable causes, 250 million children around the world can’t read, despite years of schooling, and far too many children are experiencing physical and emotional abuse, sexual exploitation, deprivation and neglect. 

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With the aim to provide shelter, care & education to HIV+ children in India, the NGO was founded in 2010 by Mrs. Rashmi Kuchhal and Captain Gurinder Virk. The program was initiated to help the children who have been orphaned or are vulnerable due to the disease.

Children and youths with HIV infection should receive the same education as those with other chronic illnesses and should have access to special education and other related services in accord with their needs as the disease progresses.The NGO started with three children and now has over 50 kids and 10 caretakers who are also HIV positive. The NGO ensures that education along with medical aid is provided to the kids.

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