Notice : Children with HIV-infection especially who are born in a less privileged community have to face very difficult challenges to provide a basic right to get an education. Like every other child our basic priority to provide academic education to our children in Baby Life Home was rejected by public and private school. This situation led to establish the first school for HIV-infected children: "Saphalta HIV shikshya Sadan". After establishing this school our struggle continued on the process approval to officially provide higher level education courses for these children.
Finally, we are very happy to announce that our hard work has been heard by government and our request to officially provide higher level education courses for these children has been approved by the District Education Office.
Our goal to pursue an academic education to these children is now finally moving forward. Thanks to all supporting hands we have been receiving. Like every other children these children have every right to get an education.
Baby Life Home is an HIV orphanage located in Kirtipur, Nepal. The orphanage currently has 23 children rescued from various regions of Nepal. Their ages range from 3 years to 15 years old. These brave children have been deprived of their basic rights to an education, and thus growing up to be active and productive members of society. This situation led us to open Saphalta HIV Shikshya Sadan First School for HIV-infected children. Our foundation organizes awareness programs and actively takes participation to educate and bring awareness to the society about HIV-infection.
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Our vibrant, picturesque, and peaceful society is also being partially held captive by over-adherence to some out-dated yet strict traditions which can limit understandings of, and adjustments to, challenges presented by the modern world. Faced with this reality, Rajkumar and Mrs. Uma Gurung decided to put all our combined resources into creating Baby Life Home and Saphalta HIV Shikshya Sadan in 2067 and 2068 B.S. (2009 and 2010 A.D)
Baby Life Home is dedicated to provide all the fundamental rights of HIV-positive children. The biggest challenge our organization faced was finding suitable living accommodations for our precious children. Once homeowners discovered that the children were HIV-infected, almost everybody refused to lease their properties to us. Uma Gurung and Rajkumar had to do something, so the first step was to sell my two-story home that was built for his family and Later, Uma also sold her business in order to provide the organization with additional economic support. Sadly, Baby Life Home continues to face various additional infrastructural and economic challenges.
Due to the lack of Public awareness and understanding of this virus which causes discrimination against HIV-infected children, we are still struggling daily with the public on many issues. Rajkumar has even been repeatedly threatened and almost beaten by confused groups and individuals. The children are not allowed to play or perform public activities with other playful children. A friendly environment and societal acceptance of HIV-infected children are always our primary priority. Guiding society and bringing awareness to the public is not a day's work! We are still working very diligently every day to develop a program which changes society's perception towards HIV-infected children.
Saphalta HIV Sikshya Sadan (meaning Progressive/Prosper HIV Education Home) was Nepal’s first school for HIV-infected children who, while innocent, were deprived of basic rights to a formal education. Saphalta HIV Sikshya Sadan was established in order to guarantee the children's rights to a quality education.
There wasn’t any alternative other than to establish this school in a situation where commercialized schools denied admission to HIV-infected children. After receiving permission from the Kirtipur Municipality for the operation of the lower-primary education levels, Mr. Babukaji Karki, the District Education Officer of the Kathmandu district at that time (2068 B.S./2010 A.D.), inaugurated the school himself. In order to teach higher levels of classes, in 2069 B.S. (2011 A.D.), Saphalta HIV Shikshya Sadan obtained permission from the District Education Office to teach primary education classes (levels 1-5). Thus, Saphalta HIV Shikshya Sadan has been officially established as a school which recognizes, preserves, and promotes the educational rights for socially disadvantaged HIV-infected children. This, alone, is a great achievement; but we have many more hurdles to leap. Our present obstacle to overcome is the gaining official permission to teach higher levels of classes to those children who is going to promote from grade 5. Saphalta Shikshya Sadan is dedicated to give age-appropriate education to all our HIV-infected children. These Children are eager and ready to accomplish age-appropriate, culturally relevant, scientifically accurate and non-judgmental education and information. Saphalta Shikshya Sadan is diligently working in order to overcome all the policies that stands on the way of HIV-infected student who want to get their age-appropriate higher education.
Every government should ensure the basic rights of all children to acquire a formal education. In the case of HIV-infected children's rights to get education in particular, is not secured from government as well as from social level. So, we can say that from our experience thus far, that Nepali government has fallen far short in providing adequate social awareness programs and laws to secure the rights for HIV-infected children to receive proper educations. This goal, to provide a quality higher education to HIV-infected children, is pending due to the complexity of government rules, regulations, and beaurocracy. Not only government level but also from civil society very few things have been accomplished for ensuring right to education for HIV-infected children. Such inactive participation has negatively affected children's rights to receive necessary education, and thus severely hinders their future ideal and productive participation in Nepali society. Rules and regulations should help secure the infected children's rights not diminish them.