IWAâ€™s project Bridge of Hope seeks to bring relief to HIV or AIDS affected children in India. The children, whose parents are construction workers belong to different parts of India, but are based in the Marmagao slums in Goa. They are under the umbrella of Presentation Society, in the dedicated care of a handful of sincere caretakers.
The kids being supported by IWA belong to 5 groups:
- Kids whose one or either parent suffers from HIV or AIDS.
- Kids who are orphaned because their parents succumbed to AIDS.
- Kids who are partially orphaned â€“have lost one parent to AIDS.
- Kids who suffer from HIV or AIDS.
- HIV or AIDS affected special needs children.
IWA supports Presentation Society that looks after these childrenâ€™s academic, medical and psycho-social needs. The team visits the affected children at home, and keeps a keen eye on the attendance at school of every child.
IWA began the project in 2008 and has not only sustained it, but even grown it multifold. Initially, only basic necessities were provided to 80 children that were housed, then tuition fees were included, subsequently private tuition fees were added, and finally, having observed the success of vocational activities, those were also given full support by IWA.
IWAâ€™s personal involvement with the project has grown, with members visiting the children ever so often and interacting with them and the authorities. Other help in the form of toys, books and other essentials have been collected in Kuwait and shipped to India from time to time. These children, often shunned by society find a glimmer of hope through IWA.