The NAZ Foundation is a New Delhi based organization focused
on caring for and providing education to children with
HIV/AIDS. The number of HIV/AIDS positive children requiring
care has increased tremendously since NAZ opened their doors
in 1994. The NAZ Care Home accepts children of any age
living with the virus. Presently, children range in age from
9 months to 12 years. School age children attend regular
schools, and excel in studies via the NAZ Care Home
NAZ programs include raising awareness, preventing the
spread of HIV, education and most importantly, providing support
to those living with the HIV/AIDS virus.
The Naz Care Home started in the summer
of 2000 and now boasts of tending to 29 children and 5 women
living with HIV. A committed staff that includes a full-time
doctor, two nurses, and six dedicated care workers has helped
the children blossom in a way that no one could have imagined
when the first child walked through the door.
Care for children living with HIV and
AIDS hasnít been a priority. Most often, funds flow into
prevention. This neglects those living with HIV. It is estimated
that more than a million children have lost one or both parents
Naz Care Home accepts children of any age
living with the virus. Presently, children range in age from 9
months to 12 years. School-age children attend regular schools,
and excel in studies.
Most had never gone to school before
arriving at Naz. They are seen daily by a doctor- minimizing the
risks of opportunistic infections and providing supervision for
those children on anti-retroviral therapy. Meals are designed
with an emphasis on well-balanced nutrition. Children take yoga
classes three days a week, and are assisted in their homework
and playtime by volunteers from the community.
The Care Home is supported through
donations, and some children are sponsored by community members,
and benefactors from abroad. A full-time coordinator and a care
home counselor allow for supervision of the children daily with
a focus on each childís holistic development.
Naz Care Home is a place for children with nowhere else to go!
But, more than that it is a place where these children live a
full life that places priority on their health while letting
them live as a child, and not as a patient.
HIV/AIDS are complex issues that affect all our
lives whatever the gender, class, caste,
religion, sexuality and sexual orientation. We
at Naz India are
committed to raising awareness to prevent the
spread of HIV and providing support to those
living with the virus and those affected by it,
with sensitivity and utmost confidentiality.
A Typical Day at NAZ
Breakfast: A hearty meal of parathas and milk
● Medicines: All kids take their 7am and 7pm
medicines supervised by a Nurse
● School: All kids attend school, execpt the
pre-school age kids who stay with caregivers
● Lunch: Dal, rice and vegetables are served to
all the kids
● Tutoring: All kids receive tutoring with
homework and special needs
● Yoga: Three days a week a yoga teacher comes
to teach a class
● TV,Computer and Free time activities: Relax
and rest time
● Dinner: All kids eat dinner together with
● Prayer: Before bedtime, kids enjoy singing
prayers to give thanks
● Lights out: Each kid retires to their own bed
for a restful sleep after a full day
the Naz Newsletter
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2007 The Vijay Amritraj
Foundation - "In Giving We Receive"