As an extension of assisting AIDS treatment centers, we began researching the feasibility of opening an orphanage for AIDS children. We now have a pledge of land donated to us for use of building a 40-bed AIDS hospice. It is over one acre and is a prime piece of land full of trees, greenery, and functioning well. The building itself will also be used as a dispensary for medicine for AIDS patients, plus housing a ward for a children’s orphanage.
We are modeling this around an operating facility in Bombay, which was built 2 years ago and provides hospice services for 35 women patients. The team that runs this facility, the Sisters of the Destitute, has been all too happy to give all assistance including building plans and information on permits, etc.
Our goal is to provide this facility for women and children who have no recourse once their AIDS-infected husbands have died. Typically when a family, with anywhere from 3 – 7 children, loses their principal breadwinner to AIDS, they are then completely ostracized by their families and their communities. The stigma is so strong that no one wants to be involved with them. They can’t survive without outside help. We can sustain a family for 12$ a month to supply the needed nutritious food for their families. The ones we take care of are just one little community that is asking for help.