Inspired by Baba Amte,a couple is providing medical care to orphaned HIV positive children in the Beed district of Maharashtra,since the last four years.
‘Infant India’ was set up in 2007,by Datta and Sandhya Bargaje,on a hillock near the Bendusura Dam,in an area spread over two acres. “I and my wife Sandhya were inspired by Baba Amte and Dr Prakash’s Lokbiradari project in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra and decided to open this trust,” said Datta,who turned to social service giving up his job as a lab technician in Bhamragad tehsil in the naxal-hit district.
Sandhya too,who was a professor at Raje Vishveshawarrao College at Gadchiroli left her job to join her husband. “We brought the two acre land from our savings of Rs 10 lakh to help HIV-affected children across Maharashtra who were orphaned after the death of their parents,afflicted by the disease,” they said.
Today,there are 36 HIV/AIDS affected children at ‘Infant India’. Everyday at 5 AM,they are made to do Yoga exercises to increase their immunity levels. They are also provided ayurvedic medicines,followed by timely breakfast and meals.
The children also undergo CD 4 tests from time to time at ART centre of Ambajogai tehsil here,the Bargajes said.
“Our main aim is to provide an healthy atmosphere,complete with love and care to these children so that they don’t feel lonely and homeless,” they said.
The Trust runs on funds contributed by locals,social workers,doctors,merchants and good Samaritans who intend to transform the lives of these infected children.
The couple has also organised several campaigns to spread awareness about HIV/AIDS.