Learning by doing

June 29, 2010

Take a look at the photo.  Who in this picture has made a difference by helping serve people with HIV in the last month?

Answer:  Each person.

Question No. 2:  Who of all of these gentlemen is a full time staff at JSK?

Answer:  Only Rahul Mohite (on the right hand in the yellow shirt).

We at JSK have been very blessed with some excellent interns over the past few months.  At one time we had 7 dear friends working along with our staff team.  This has allowed us to things that we normally cannot do – and has been a great help and encouragement to our staff.

For the past 5 years we have had interns from the Union Biblical Seminary in Pune who come and serve with us for 7 months of practical training.  This year we also hosted 2 final year MSW students for their block placements.  Over the years Jeevan Sahara has hosted students for practical service opportunities serving people with HIV.  The interns join our staff in the home visits, help organise JSK programmes, and participate along with our staff in as many ways as possible.

As much was we apprecitate the hands-on help that each of our intern friends have given to the work at Jeevan Sahara – we know that something deep is going on.  Each one of our intern friends is building a capacity to serve people with HIV in the future.  We have past Interns now serving all over India in different situations – and know that God is going to use this current crop to do amazing things in the future!

Steps into life

June 2, 2010

Six years ago we came across a boy.  He was 11 years old.  His parents had died of HIV.  His grandmother was looking after him.

Tarun (not his real name) was also HIV positive.

When we first met him, he kept falling sick.  He had TB.  His skin was infected.  He kept falling sick – with his grandmother bringing him to the clinic every 2 weeks or so with some sickness or other.

We then started him on Anti-Retroviral Therapy.  This was well before the government was providing the medications.  We bought the meds from the market and subsidised the medications – with a small monthly contribution coming from the boy’s family.

Today Tarun is 17 years old.  He has finished his class 10.  He is working at a part time job.  He is growing young man.

It all seemed so impossible then.  But we have seen how 5 years of ART have benefitted a boy who we thought may die in 2005.

By God’s grace our government has opened up ART centres in many parts of the country.  To get these medications free of cost is a great blessing.  Spend a moment to thank God for the Government health system.

Tarun has been receiving his medications from the local ART centre now for the past 3 years.  Your taxpayer money and mine help support this life-saving intervention.  Lets make sure it gets used though.

Get the word out that ART medications are available free for those who need them.  Encourage friends and family members with HIV to get tested and treated.  If you are affected yourself – then take a deep breath – and make a big step towards life.  Go and see what can be done.

There is always hope.  Step into life. Lets move forward!