Why Children?

Children more than ever need opportunities to be in the world. They are the world’s most valuable resource and the best hope for the future.

Among 2.39 million HIV-positive population

India has estimated more than 1.5 lakhs aged under 15 are infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. Children account for 7% of all new infections. Most of the children may not get proper healthcare and nutrition. Also, these children may lose their parents and be abandoned by their relatives due to HIV status.

We have the challenge to transform the lives of HIV-positive children where they face no stigma and discrimination.

All we need to do is to join hands together to build a better society for them.

The Importance Of Children’s Rights

According to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), which was ratified by India in 1992, all children have
fundamental rights which must be recognized by governments and citizens alike. At CRY, we’re committed to doing everything we
can to ensure the rights of India’s children and so, work on 4 key programmatic areas.


Right To Development
The children are HIV-positive children who lost their parents and are abandoned by their relatives. In regular schools, these children have to face the stigma and discrimination among themselves, we ensure that the children get indiscrimination & quality education.
We have supported thousands of children and most of the children are pursuing higher education or working as professionals in various fields of society living an independent and dignified life.

Health & Nutrition

Right To Survival
We have provided shelter to HIV-positive children in our care home. We take complete responsibility for the children until they attain the age of 18 years. We ensure education, healthcare and nutrition along with accommodation facilities. Since 2008, the care home has benefited more than 2000 HIV+ve children. Among them, 1200 boys and 800 girls.
At Mahesh Foundation we ensure proper nutrition as prescribed by the doctors. We provide three nutritional meals a day with necessary proteins, vitamins, etc. Nutritional supplements will be provided to boost their immune system.
Also, we keep monitoring the health condition of the children ensuring proper medication facilities and emergency services. With this approach, we have been maintaining zero mortality since 2008.

CRY does this by focusing on the following:

Prenatal & Postnatal Care
Prenatal & Postnatal Care
0 – 3 Years
Proper and timely care for expectant as well as lactating mothers is crucial for a child’s healthy development. Quality prenatal care that reduces the risk of pregnancy complications, institutional deliveries that aid healthy live births and regular postnatal check ups that encourage breastfeeding are key areas of intervention.
Growth Monitoring
Growth Monitoring
3 – 6 Years
Regular growth monitoring for children till the age of 6 years is imperative to ensure healthier childhoods. Implementing infant and young child feeding (IYCF) practices, addressing gender discrimination to enable equitable access to primary healthcare and ensuring the completion of immunization schedules to manage preventable diseases are critical areas of intervention.
Learning Outcomes
Learning Outcomes
6 – 18 Years
The effort to change behaviours and attitudes on the issues of children’s health and nutrition is most effective when introduced early. Engaging with adolescent girls and boys on topics like reproductive child health (RCH) helps in bringing about lasting generational change.

Safety & Protection

Right To Protection
We argue that it is critical to examine the situation of children through an integrated lens that effectively looks at human security and children’s rights. Also, no child should face stigma and discrimination in society. So, Mahesh Foundation has been striving to protect them as well as their basic rights. All the children infected and affected by HIV/AIDS should live like normal human beings.
Ensuring that comprehensive and sustainable child protection systems supporting child’s rights and specifically for preventing and responding to acts of abuse, neglect, violence and exploitation of children.

Child Participation

Right To Participation
It’s not only important for their mental and emotional development but also fosters a high degree of self-esteem and self-belief. We ensure moral support and encouragement to the children to expose themselves to new ideas and thoughts give opportunities to make it a reality.
Also, like other individuals these children having privileges of social linkages and inclusion so that they can enjoy the facilities of the government.
We run some programs that help these children to involve themselves with community.

Our Research On Child Rights

We constantly endeavour to deepen the public’s understanding of children’s rights by undertaking primary as well as secondary research studies. If you’d like to learn more, download our research reports here.

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