Project Compassion raises funds for work with families and children with HIV/AIDs. There are many ways in which these families, struggling with poverty as well as their serious health concerns, are supported.
In 2004 a little girl, Madhavi, with HIV/AIDs, whose parents had died from the disease, was brought to the ministry which housed her, and provided the drugs she needed. She is now 19 years old and has completed 11th grade. Since then many more children have been added. Now there are 52 HIV/AIDS children of various ages starting from 3 years to 19 years old. These children are orphaned and do not have a relative who is able to care for them. The numbers of these children in need have grown, so Project Compassion is now in the process of building a new home for the older boys which should be completed by the end of this year.
Madhavi, along with the other children, receives schooling as well as practical training to enable her to earn a living in the future. The cost of caring for one child is $80 per month. This cost funds their complete care including antiretroviral medications, the cost of care-givers, plus their education.
In addition, Project Compassion does outreach to families with members who have HIV/AIDs in the villages. This ministry is called “Home Based Care.” Seventy familes are provided a monthly supply of essentials like rice, lentils, oil, sugar, tamarind, soap and toothpaste. This ministry also provides a hospital which allows for pre and post natal care for mothers with HIV/AIDS and their babies.They come in once a month for a check up. The hospital is a 20 bed facility where patients also receive surgery, medicine and other care; many of these patients are too poor to pay for any kind of service.
The George Muller Home
The George Muller Home which is located in the eastern part of India, in the state of Andhra Pradesh and is where the children live. Typically, the children have had the HIV virus since birth and were orphaned when their parents succumbed to the same disease. For several years Christ Community Church has been supporting Project Compassion, the ministry which runs the George Muller Home.
Historically, this region of India had one of the highest incidences of leprosy (Hansen’s disease) in the world. Medical ministries went into the villages and offered medicine which was able to arrest the disease. These efforts have been quite successful. But as leprosy has declined, sadly, the incidence of HIV/AIDS has increased. Women infected with the virus give birth to children who are born with the infection. In response, Project Compassion built a home for these children where they are housed, fed, educated and given the medications required to control this disease. This ministry has been operating since 2007, beginning with a single girl. But as the need grew a new building was erected to minister to the needy children. The cost for the care and treatment of the children is $80 per month per child.