Children and teachers in Indian orphange

Where We Serve – India

Little Hearts children and caregiver in rikshaw.

Little Hearts children and caregiver in rikshaw.

Little Hearts Orphanage in Nellore, Andhra Pradesh, India cares for children whose parents died from AIDS. Andhra Pradesh in South India has one of the highest rates of HIV infection countrywide. In India, Children orphaned by AIDS have less chance of gaining an education and getting access to healthcare. Their poverty and vulnerability to exploitation also significantly increases their likelihood of contracting HIV themselves. Children are often turned away from schools, clinics and orphanages because they or their family members are HIV-positive.

Little Hearts is now home to 45 girls and boys from ages 3 – 14. These children attend school, receive three meals a day, clothing, and medical care. They are healthy and happy and loved. We also provide outreach education to HIV+ mothers and their children and nutrition support to HIV+ children nearby.

There are many requests to take new children, but with limited financial resources and the small space, we cannot handle more than the current group. On three visits since 2005, River Fund volunteers saw for themselves the care and the hope that Mr. C. P. Kumar (founder) and his family and staff have given to these children.