From Baby Life Home to Saphalta Shikshya Sadan (first Nepali school for HIV-infected children)

Innocent HIV infected children were deprived of their basic rights to a formal education. Nepal’s first school for openly identified HIV-positive children, Saphalta HIV Sikshya Sadan, was established in order to guarantee the rights of proper education for HIV-infected youth.

Baby Life Home is an HIV orphanage located in Kritipur, 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. Our foundation organizes awareness programs and actively takes participation to educate and bring awareness to the society about HIV-infection.

The initiative to stop concealing HIV status made by Baby Life Home led to the establishment of Saphalta HIV Shikshya Sadan (meaning: Progressive HIV Education Home) in the Nepali year 2067 B.S. (2011 A.D). Saphaltala HIV Shikshya Sadan is Nepal's first school/orphanage to publicly support education for HIV-infected children without concealing their HIV status and guaranteeing their rights for education under caring environment. The founder of babylife home (Raj Kumar Pun) didn't have any alternative other than to form this school, since, they lived in a society where public and private schools denied admission to HIV infected children. School was established in 2068 B.S. (2011 A.D.), acquiring permission from Kirtipur Municipality to teach the lower-primary education levels. Despite this breakthrough, we are still struggling within the process of approval to officially provide higher-level education courses to these children.