Our Founder's Story
Where there is a will there is a way!!
They asked the doctor about how this child got infected with HIV AIDS, and the doctor said the AIDS could sometimes be transmitted from mother to child. Not only Rupesh, but there were also many more children admitted due to HIV AIDS in that Hospital. They could not sleep that night thinking about those children dealing with the disease. That time Mahesh and his friends were only 21 years old, and they made up their minds to do something for the children infected with HIV AIDS. From there Mahesh Foundation started and gave helping hands to HIV AIDS children.
The struggle period of six years!
In the beginning, Mahesh and his friends used to help a few children using their pocket money. They used to give them 200 to 300 rupees for travel and also provide food. Even they provide school kits and bags to children going to school. When Mahesh met the child Rupesh in 2008, he only had his mother with him, and in 2010 he lost his mother too and became an orphan. Mahesh, with his friends, tried for the admission of Rupesh in a government orphanage. But, they got a negative answer that the child has AIDS so that he can spread HIV AIDS to other children living there.
After fighting for consecutive days, Rupesh finally got admission, but he returned, running to them after some time. When Mahesh asked him the reason, he said that the warden of the orphanage told everyone at night that he had AIDS. Then Mahesh, with his friends, thought of making an orphanage of his own. They wanted a home for rent to keep orphan kids. Thus, they went to the landlord and said they needed it to make an HIV AIDS hostel; but they always got a No, as the child may spread it to the building. Really?.
Mahesh had no choice left, so he shifted him to his home. The sad part was that his relatives got scared of visiting his house due to getting HIV AIDS. Many HIV-positive children then came to him, and for six years, he kept them at his own home only. After a lot of struggle, one of his supporters gave a house on nominal rent. He faced struggles but never gave up!.
His Team, His Strength!
Mahesh Foundation is a big team of professionals who work for the cause. They have separate teams for schools, hostels and campaigns. They give monthly reports of HIV AIDS to donors as well about food, study, and livelihood. They share progress reports with donors and keep with themselves too for doing better in the future.
Parents get their HIV-positive children from slums, hospitals, and even children from Uman and the child welfare ministry to him. But, it is tough to keep every child at their place also; they can only give space and living but not love and affection. Thus, he convinced around 2000 HIV AIDS children relatives to keep their children with them. Mahesh Foundation counsels the relatives and even gives financial help for the betterment of the child. Also, especially visit their house to keep a regular check on the child.
HIV AIDS Education and further plans!
The people who did not support them at first became donors now. Also, Mahesh has been providing HIV AIDS education to children from the very start. Also, he and his team give campaigns and sessions in schools and colleges on HIV AIDS. They offer training and counseling about self first-aid and how to keep themselves and others safe from the spread of HIV.
Also, he is opening a hostel for 100 girls that will be provided free of cost. Here HIV AIDS positive girls can come and stay. The hostel will be starting within two months from now. Mahesh is also making a charitable hospital free of cost for everyone with any disease, including HIV AIDS. His main motive is to provide education on AIDS and sex education to the youth of India. His message to the people is to step forward in doing good for others and social initiatives for society.
In 2010 a mother on a death bed in a government hospital, Belagavi, mentioned to Mahesh that her 4-year child was HIV Positive. Mahesh was surprised and pained to know that some children born to HIV positive parents can also be HIV positive by birth. After a few days, the mother died in the hospital. The Child's relatives and friends abandoned the child in the hospital. The child had nowhere to go. Immediately, Mahesh got in touch with the government care home to admit the child, but the admission to the child was refused. On the orders of the District Commissioner, the child was admitted into the government care home. Within a week of admission to the government care home, the child was sick and admitted to the government hospital in critical condition. The doctors had lost all hopes in the recovery of the child. Mahesh requested the hospital to permit him to take the sick child home for a few days. At home, within a week the child recovered. Mahesh did not have the permission to keep the child home hence after the child recovered, Mahesh wanted to readmit the child in the government care home. The child refused to go back and profusely requested Mahesh and his family to live with their family. The family agreed to keep the child in their care.
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