INDIA: Atanasio Flores is a Spanish engineer who invested greater than 15 years of his life within the trade, had a wonderful epiphany evoking a spirit of humanism. He finally devoted the remainder of his life to bringing life’s golden alternatives to susceptible HIV-positive ladies in India.
In an interview with Transcontinental Occasions, Atanasio Flores talked about his brainchild, the charitable group of Fundación Cienvidas (actually translated as Basis of 100 lives).
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Fundación Cienvidas, curated and supported with the love and diligence of a gaggle of individuals, goals to get 100% of the homeless ladies off the streets, particularly these affected by HIV, and provides them a house, a household, medical help, and an training that may assure e future.
Flores had all the time harbored a dream of constructing a small hospital for youngsters in India. Throughout his go to as a volunteer at an HIV-dedicated orphanage in Jaipur, Flores realized his path had already been determined for him.
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His imaginative and prescient was of an orphanage the place stigmatized and deserted HIV-positive youngsters can have a healthful life with their fundamental requirements fulfilled- together with registration, HIV antiretroviral remedy, medical care, training, and a shot at an incredible adoptive household.
Flores found that gender disparity performed an enormous function in impacting alternatives; it was far simpler for boys to take pleasure in sure alternatives which remained closed off for ladies.
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When questioned in regards to the express stigmas and dogmas surrounding the illness, which regularly turns the affected into social outcasts and untouchables like lepers, Flores elucidated the subject, citing examples from rural households rooted in superstition and generational trauma.
“There’s an impending stigma in opposition to folks affected/contaminated by HIV due to ignorance, disgrace, and worry that results in the youngsters’s abandonment,” says Flores.
The necessity for inclusion
From his volunteering experiences within the rural elements of India steeped in stigmas and superstitions, Flores discovered that almost all of those HIV-positive youngsters have been born to HIV-positive mother and father (sometimes Dalit), whereby the daddy died early, leaving the mom and youngster destitute and deserted. Then the kid is taken to an orphanage, and the remainder of the household (uncles, grandparents) no nothing of the ward and are hesitant to handle her wants.
Even in circumstances when the kid is adverse, her household legacy of constructive HIV circumstances renders her depressing and wretched, as an object of untouchability and social ostracization.
To deal with the psychological trauma and social stigma of HIV, Flores advises the institution of advocacy packages or formation workshops to characterize HIV-positive affected folks as regular, self-reliant, and assured who’ve turned their lives round. In that case, “real-life residing references are one of the best ways to deal with this stigma,” he says.
Flores elucidated upon the operations and initiatives that Basis CIENVIDAS works on, which embody constructing orphanages, medical facilities, and faculties for susceptible HIV-positive ladies in Pandharpur (beginning in 2023) and Jaipur (as and when a sponsor allots land).
Furthermore, the Basis is targeted on bringing in additional sponsors for better monetary assets in constructing faculties and medical centres and offering adaptive amenities to needy youngsters.
“We get and handle sponsors from Spain to ship month-to-month the funds to maintain and college ladies in 5 companion orphanages in India: 3 in Jaipur (RA), 1 in Pandharpur (MA), and 1 in Tiruchengode (TN),” Flores revealed. Funds are put aside for varied important requirements like beds, linens, garments, constructing renovation and upkeep, employees reinforcement, and infrastructural funds wanted for education and medical remedy.
Moreover, the Basis immensely focuses on buying and sending volunteers from Spain to some packages in India in an effort to get extra non-public assist.
As a concluding inspirational message of hope and achievement, we requested Flores to say a number of phrases of encouragement that might spark revolutionary adjustments in turning the standard narrative round HIV and different stigmatized illnesses like leprosy.
“These ladies, by the hundreds, are proper now on the streets, alone, with starvation, with worry… deserted. They don’t seem in any registry or census. They won’t have entry to any remedy, so they’ll develop the SIDA and die. They don’t exist…
“Assist us say that they exist. Assist us give them the life they deserve.”
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