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Ramesh*, a Class 3 student, tells his story with tears in his eyes. When he was young, his father died due to HIV and AIDS. After his father’s death, his mother came to know that she too was HIV infected and became depressed.

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The news threw her into a world of shattered hope, assailing doubts, rejection and embarrassment. She thought of dying, but decided to live for her children’s sake. She approached a government hospital, where she received a limited supply of free medical treatment. Ramesh was not accepted in any schools, but when Good Shepherd School came to know about him, the school admitted him without any hesitation. He says, “The orphanage gave me food and shelter, but Good Shepherd School gave me hope.” He continued, “…because of Good Shepherd School, I have hope.”

The school’s Community Health Worker is also working with the family to give Ramesh’s mother continuing treatment for HIV and emotional counselling during this time of great need.

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