Manipur has a large number of people living with HIV/AIDS. It is one of the worst affected areas in India. Children affected by HIV/AIDS face various forms of poverty, discrimination and stigma and are the most vulnerable of all. There are a few “government-run homes” for children who are in need of “care and protection”. However, there is large number of orphans and destitute children as a result of the various conflict situations and the HIV/AIDS infected children are often most neglected and unwanted. Carmel Jyoti seeks to offer holistic care for these children in a residential care and support facility up to the age of 18 and to integrate them into the community as and when they are able to cope with the challenges.
The organisation currently provides holistic care, protection, nutritional care, support and treatment to the children living with or affected by HIV/AIDS. They also ensure quality education for the children in a protected environment and integrate them into the local schools gradually. Creating awareness and support from the community and locally is of great importance to the organization. Arms Around The Child supports Carmel Jyoti to achieve their objectives and provide the best possible fighting chance for these kids.