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Belgaum: Though he himself has little to spare, Mahesh Jadhav, 24, has adopted over 30 orphan children, and most of them are HIV positive.

Two years ago, Jadhav opened ‘Adhar’, a home for homeless children at Kanbargi here, under the umbrella of Mahesh Foundation, a non-profit NGO. Adhar takes care of the children, whose day begins with physical and mental activities like jogging, exercise, yoga and prayer.

In the initial stage, Mahesh faced social and economic problems, and people began treating him as an HIV patient too, and many kept their distance. Children from the orphanage were twice sent out of school, because of their medical condition. As it was a government primary school, Mahesh fought with officials of the education department and succeeded in readmitting the children into the same school. Most of the children are under 14 years of age.

“The idea of opening an orphanage for children came to my mind when I was working with Spandana network for the welfare of HIV positive people. Then I decided to open a hostel for such children and work for them,” Mahesh told The Times of India.

Mahesh was recently awarded the ‘Belgaumite of the year’ by AllaboutBelgaum.com “We are giving spiritual education to the children to deal with mental stress, along with school education, medical treatment and nutritious food. Besides, we are trying to provide a social grounding by organizing various social and cultural programmes,” said Nagaratna, an office-bearer of Mahesh Foundation.

Several families celebrate birthdays, religious and national festivals with these orphan kids. To help generate funds, Mahesh recently launched ‘Adhar Club’, where one can contribute Rs 100 per month to help the orphan children. About 41 people have joined the club so far.